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TRICIA LESLIE Sleek and commanding. Stylish and powerful. Massive and majestic, all at the same time. Highrise towers can be breathtaking – awe-inspiring even – whether viewed from up close or far away. History tells us that highrises are not new – during the ancient reign of the Roman Empire, several cities within its borders featured highrise apartment buildings of 10 or more stories, while in Egypt, highrise buildings of up to 14 stories – some with roof gardens and ox-drawn water wheels for irrigation – were reported by Ismaili missionary, poet and traveller, Nasir Khusraw, in the early 11th century. In modern times, residential highrise buildings became popular after the Second World War. Technological inventions such as elevators, the progressive industrialization of concrete and steel construction techniques, and cheaper, more abundant building materials led to the style becoming more popular in corporate, institutional and residential construction throughout the world. While there are differences of opinion as to what constitutes a highrise building (in general, most agree they are tall, multistoried buildings with elevators), highrise condos dot the urban landscape throughout Metro Vancouver, especially in downtown Vancouver itself and the once-industrial Yaletown, which is now filled with residential (and some mixed-use) tower projects. Choose any postcard or famous photo of Vancouver and often, the city’s skyline is pictured, its numerous tall buildings rising up against the spectacular backdrop of the local, snow-capped mountains. Although none are quite as tall as worldfamous skyscrapers like the Burj Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (818 metres, or 2,684 feet tall, 162 floors) or the Taipei 101 CONTINUED ON P.2
Towers offer more than new homes to potential buyers
Highrises: solid, sleek, stylish
Neale Staniszkis Doll Adams Architects principal Tom Staniszkis at Bosa Properties’ Miramar Village in White Rock. Staniszkis’ firm helped design the mixed-use project. Rob Newell photo
Markets on the mend in Metro Vancouver Lower Mainland housing markets will continue to improve in 2010, according to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. Home sales will continue at a brisk pace through the remainder of this year and into the next, states a CMHC release. Steady population growth through migration, an improving job market and low mortgage rates will all support home ownership demand throughout 2010, the housing agency says. However, the CMHC notes that more sales combined with fewer active listings will likely push average home prices higher. “Home prices in most Robyn Adamache Lower Mainland centres are still below their previous peak. Prices will rise as buyers take advantage of the lower prices and favourable mortgage interest rates,” says CMHC senior market analyst Robyn Adamache. Throughout B.C., a tight resale market will boost new construction in 2010, according to the CMHC’s latest report, which was published Monday. CMHC is predicting total housing starts in the province during 2010 will be between 20,200 to 26,800 new homes. The agency also foresees a rebound in single-detached and multi-family residential construction throughout British Columbia that will bring levels closer to, but still below, the 10-year average. “The pick-up in home sales in 2009, combined with a stronger domestic economy next year, will lead to more housing starts and increased renovation activity,” says CMHC regional economist for B.C. Carol Frketich. – www.cmhc.ca
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“It ain’t architecture A Miramar Village tower as twilight nears in White Rock. Courtesy of Bosa Properties
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Featuring a nautical theme, Miramar Village displays portholes. Rob Newell photo
in Taiwan (509 m, 1,671 ft. tall, 101 floors), Metro Vancouver has its share of highrises. Most North American highrise buildings are created from reinforced concrete and/or steel; residential tower blocks that are more than six stories are usually constructed from concrete. At Bosa Properties’ Miramar Village, a development project in the popular seaside suburb of White Rock, two new towers rise 21 and 17 stories above street level offering luxury condo living, with some commercial and mixed-use space in the lower levels of both buildings. One tower houses the White Rock Community Centre on its ground floor, part of an agreement reached between Bosa and the City of White Rock. Homeowners began to move into their new Miramar Village homes at the end of last year, and although the first two buildings are complete, another two highrises – and the completion of the village plaza – are slated for future construction phases. Still, the White Rock Farmers Market enjoyed an extremely successful season at the Miramar Village Plaza, according to the market’s website, and afternoon winter markets are already scheduled to be held inside the community centre. Design architect Richard Henry, owner and principal at Vancouver-based Richard Henry Architect Inc., was part of the team that created Miramar Village. Others, including Neale Staniszkis Doll Adams Architects, Srigley Design Consultants, Robert Ledingham Design Consultants, and Perry & Associates Landscape Architects, helped make the West Coast-inspired architecture
HIGHRISE STYLE Polygon’s Luma, located in Burnaby, lights up the night with a luminescent, electric blue light that runs up the entire building. Top photo: Many of Vancouver’s highrises glow with light at night.
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History meets modern style New District homes connect with Mount Pleasant’s past
Amacon’s District: South Main offers new homes near Main Street and East 7th Avenue in Vancouver. As part of the project, Amacon is preserving a heritage building that will feature space for the arts.
It’s a place where history and modern times meet, a once-industrial area that is rapidly expanding with art, artisans, businesses and entertainment. And new homes. Located at Main Street and East 7th Avenue (between Main and Scotia) in Vancouver, Amacon’s District: South Main incorporates the old and the contemporary in a project that will culminate in more than 250 new homes in the Mount Pleasant neighbourhood. In the 1880s, waters from Brewery Creek used to run through the area, and although the creek is now mostly covered over, a few buildings from that era remain, including the Marstrand Brewery. A terra cotta brick building, built in 1912, used to be part of the brewery complex. Amacon will preserve this heritage industrial building as part of the District: South Main project, and 5,000 out of its 10,000 square feet will be dedicated as artist space. “It’s an exciting area – it’s really being recognized as its own community,” Amacon sales and marketing manager Nic Jensen says. “You can walk to downtown, local transit is right there, and the views are incredible. It’s personally, one of my favourite views – you see the city skyline and the mountains behind – it’s one of Vancouver’s best views.”
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come to life. â€œThe idea was to make (Miramar Village) a part of White Rock, so a regional, West Coast vernacular was chosen,â€? Henry says. â€œA lot of natural materials were used.â€? The towers themselves were designed with a nautical theme in mind, he continues, with light colours, port hole-shaped windows, and an â€œairy, glassyâ€? design. â€œDesign is kind of like spiralling in on a decision. Itâ€™s very much honing in on a solution... ultimately, you get to see these projects come to life,â€? Henry says. â€œWhat was a scratch on a piece of paper becomes this big, beautiful, completed project.â€? NSDA Architects principal Tom Staniszkis agrees. â€œEvery project is a different challenge... you can come out and see it slowly take its physical form,â€? he says. He and Henry both give credit to the entire crew of people who worked to make Miramar Village a reality, especially Bosa Properties â€“ the client. â€œIt all starts with the client and the clientâ€™s vision. Bosa had a very clear vision, they were very well-organized. Having a developer who is well-organized helps make the whole process go smoothly,â€? Staniszkis says. Balancing what the client wants with community expectations is â€œEvery project also part of the construction and design process, as well as finding is a different out what the community wants, challenge... through each municipalityâ€™s city you can come council, Staniszkis notes. In White Rock, it was essential to out and see keep as many trees as possible on it slowly take the land surrounding Miramar Vilits ophysical lage, for example. The entire process â€“ rezoning, environmental studies, form.â€? council-recommended revisions, etc. â€“ can take months or even years before construction actually starts. Staniszkis is currently working on several major projects for B.C. Housing, among others, but he and Henry both note that mixed-use developments featuring highrise construction are becoming more and more popular. â€œ(Mixed-use projects) are usually closer to what the ideal complete community would be â€“Â carless, but close to transportation,â€? Henry says. â€œEverythingâ€™s about sustainability and reducing your carbon footprint these days.â€? Staniszkis concurs. â€œ(Mixed-use) is how we create vibrant communities. People donâ€™t just live here, they shop here, socialize here and leave their car at home,â€? Staniszkis says. Another trend he has noticed with highrise architecture is that there is starting to be more introduction of colour, especially bolder colours, in new buildings. At Luma, a Polygon project in Burnaby, the 26-storey tower exudes a sophisticated, urban charm that seems to resonate with the vibrant, energetic pace of the growing city. At night, a luminescent glow actually comes from a light that runs its way up the entire length of the building. When lit, it shines a bright, electric blue that gives the entire building a dramatic, trendy look. â€œItâ€™s a pretty sleek-looking tower,â€? says Dirk Buttjes, owner of Buttjes Architecture Inc., which was part of the team involved in Luma. â€œEach site is different. The client and the location dictate how you approach each project.â€? Buttjes says each project â€œis typically challenged from beginning to endâ€? through the public process at city hall, and that it can take one-and-a-half years to design one tower, based on what the client, the public and city representatives agree upon. Since Polygon sold 75 per cent of Lumaâ€™s homes on the projectâ€™s opening weekend (Oct. 3), it would seem the public is embracing what Luma offers. Buttjes likes mixed-use projects, but notes that building one is up to the client and the municipality. For example, he is involved with Appia Group of Companiesâ€™ Motif at Citi, a mixed-use project near Brentwood SkyTrain Station featuring a 30-story tower, five townhouses, a podium with a fully landscaped green roof and commercial space. â€œThatâ€™s my personal favourite right now,â€? Buttjes says, and notes he purchased a unit there. â€œItâ€™s a spectacular location. My office is not far from there, youâ€™re right on the SkyTrain route, youâ€™re close to BCIT, and everything is convenient,â€? he says. Like Henry and Staniszkis, Buttjes likes to see the results of a lengthy process that involves a lot of work. â€œWe have a saying in our office, and thatâ€™s â€˜It ainâ€™t architecture until itâ€™s built,â€? Buttjes says with a laugh. â€œActually seeing it completed and solidly built is a big part of what makes it worthwhile.â€? â€“ with files from the Royal Architectural Institute of At Appia Group of Companiesâ€™ Motif at Citi near the Brentwood SkyTrain station, homeowners can purchase a new home in the Canada, www.sustainingtowers.org and www.wikipedia.org mixed-use development. Architect Dirk Buttjes, who is involved with designing Motif, bought a home there.
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The neighbourhood is expected to grow into Vancouver’s vibrant art district, Jensen says, and adds the development is also just five blocks away from the Olympic Village (Millennium Water) at southeast False Creek. The homes themselves – 103 residences in a nine-storey building, 148 in the second, 10-storey building – were designed by IBI/HB Architects and Portico (interior design). Like the community it is located in, the project reflects the merging of old and new in the materials and colours chosen. “The interiors are very clean and plain and raw,” Jensen says. Homebuyers can choose between two contemporary interior colour schemes (‘oak’ or ‘walnut’), but in the main, they can decide how to decorate their new home. “Homeowners can go in and put their own stamp on it.” The Vancouver homes are more affordable than many may think, Jensen adds. “We are drastically more affordable than the others,” he says. Studios start from $235,000; onebedroom homes from $275,000, and two bedrooms from $399,000. District: South Main homes are in demand – so much so that the first building sold out on opening weekend (Oct. 3). The second building is now about 50 per cent sold out, Jensen notes. Both buildings will have common areas on their rooftops, each equipped with an outdoor fireplace, patio furniture, a CONTINUED ON P.11
While District: South Main is located in a historical Vancouver neighbourhood, interiors can be as modern – or as traditional – as homeowners choose. All District residents will have access to rooftop patio common areas (below).
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barbecue area and a common garden. While there are penthouse suites, most feature large terraces off the living area, leaving the rooftop open to all District homeowners. “This way, no matter where you are in the building, you can enjoy the roof deck,” Jensen says. Homeowners will also have access to a lounge outfitted with a flatscreen TV, a wet bar and washrooms, as well as a fully equipped exercise facility. Interiors feature overheight ceilings and oversized windows, while kitchens have sleek, stainless steel undermount apron sinks. Engineered hardwood floors cover the entry, living area, kitchen and dining area and soft, wall-to-wall pile carpeting in the bedroom. In the kitchen, homeowners can choose to upgrade to a full stone backsplash. District has plenty of green features as well, such as the use of low-VOC paints on the exterior and interior, formaldehyde-free cabinetry, dual-flush toilets and double-glazed, thermally isolated windows. Visit the sales centre at 299 East 7th Ave., Vancouver during office hours or go to southmaindistrict.com for details.
District: South Main homebuyers can choose between two contemporary interior colour schemes (‘oak or ‘walnut’). Amacon’s Nic Jensen says the inside of the dwellings are ‘clean and plain and raw’ so that homeowners can ‘put their own stamp’ on their brand-new dwelling.
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