Decorating & Design

January 6, 2020

This Minimalist Laneway House Is A Mindful Retreat

Homeowner Janet Willson took an unorthodox approach to explaining her vision to her architect. On their second meeting to discuss her 616-square-foot laneway house in east Vancouver, Janet asked architect Marianne Amodio to lie down on a table similar to the one a massage therapist would use. She then gently guided Marianne through a Feldenkrais session (a series of exercises designed to improve movement) by repositioning her arms and legs. A decades-long devotee, she wanted Marianne to experience how she would use the space to practice personal Feldenkrais and meditate, but also employ it as an extra entertaining hub away from the main house where she lives with her husband, Christopher Zuberec.

Something obviously clicked. “As soon as we were done, the correlation became very clear in my mind — the bones of the building equalling the bones of the body,” says Marianne. All the whiteness has an effect, too. “There’s this feeling of being in a cloud — you exhale immediately,” she adds.

Scroll down to step inside this calming, compact home — plus, get a crash course on laneway houses!

Author: Iris Benaroia

Janis Nicolay


House & Home January 2020


Architecture by MA+HG Architects