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- 6460 No.4 Road, Richmond, BC
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The hospice provides people in the final stages of a terminal illness a home-like, community-based setting where they can be close to family and friends.
“We didn’t know what to expect and when we arrived, we were so surprised. It was not institutional or sterile; the place was so warm and residential in feeling.”
The site, located in central Richmond, straddles the boundary between agricultural lands and an established, single-family neighbourhood, and thus has a feeling of both the city and the country.
The single storey, L-shaped project is designed to capture light, provide views, and to create two distinct domains; a south-oriented entry courtyard on the roadside for the public functions and an east-oriented domain for the private spaces.
The living and dining room is organized as a rectilinear vaulted volume overlooking a generous terrace and the entry. A large freestanding fireplace anchors the space and is the focal point of the interior. The chapel, counselling, chaplain’s office and family room flanks the main living areas.
The bedrooms are arranged and focused to the east to the large landscaped gardens and the panoramic views to the open fields beyond. The bedrooms are intimate in scale, each having a small private terrace.