Welcome to the 20t h Issue of Folio YVR Luxury Lifest yle Magazine!
In this issue, we revisit the Vancouver Art Gallery for the Parviz Tanavoli exhibition ' Poets, Locks, Cages' and discover Fashion Fictions artist Julia Koerner's 3D-printed handbags at the VAG Gift Shop.
At the Sunzen Art Gallery, " Treasures of the Heaven" launched showcasing the intricate porcelain works of Zou Jun.
We introduce Nafsika Antypas, an entrepreneur, actress, producer and activist who is following in her father's food industry footsteps with the plant-based line Nafsika' s Garden.
We went behind-the-scenes at the Vogue Theatre for the fourth story in the Showcase Pianos Presents series to enjoy quirky frontman Jeff Goldblum' s performance with the M ildred Snitzer Orchestra on a Fazioli F278.
Arthur Erickson' s Eppich House II is everywhere right now, so we dove into the history of this architectural wonder and share the stories of not only Erickson but of Cornelia Hahn Oberlander, the landscape architect who heavily influenced the design and Greg Bellerby, who published the definitive book about Eppich House II
In 2024, CURV Passive House will break ground and put Vancouver on the map for being home to the world's tallest Passive House. We met with BakerWest' s Sarah Yada Seto and Fifth Ave' s Jamie Squires at the CURV Presentation Centre for an eye-opening journey into the future of development.
Richmond's newest luxury hotel, AM TD Versante, hosted us at CASK Whisky Vault; the experience was truly divine. From the 1920s-inspired interiors to the insane whisky selection, the team has designed and delivered an evening worth pursuing.
Circling back to Richmond, this summer's Luxury & Supercar event showcased the best-of-the-best in vintage wheels, hypercars, and the ARC Vector electric motorcycle This magnificent beast is a gorgeously sleek and exciting vehicle that caught Canadian superstar Ryan Reynolds's attention.
The Azur Legacy Collection Hotel was the most anticipated summer hospitality launch and, with its luxury level everything, is our new favourite staycation location.
I hope you enjoy this issue of Folio.YVR Luxury Lifestyle M agazine and look forward to sharing all of September's exciting events and experiences with you in our next issue!
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PUBLISHER' S M ESSAGE: HELEN SIWAK 004
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PARVIZ TAN AVOLI: POETS, LOCKS, CAGES 019
SHOWCASE PIAN OS PRESEN TS: JEFF GOLDBLUM 029
CASK WHISKY VAULT: AM TD VERSAN TE HOTEL 037
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COMPASSI ONATE ENTREPRENEUR NAFSI KA ANTYPAS
The presence of women in leadership positions and entrepreneurship has brought diverse perspectives, innovative ideas, and valuable contributions to the business world and the world in general.
Seeing women excel in various industries and demonstrate their capabilities as strong, driven, and successful professionals inspires whole generations to be better and do better for the world.
For many, balancing work and family responsibilities can be particularly demanding. Managing a career while nurturing a family can be overwhelming and often requires exceptional organizational skills, support systems, and flexibility.
"The joy of witnessing my children grow, learn, and thrive is immeasurable. Being a mother can bring a sense of fulfillment, purpose, and unconditional love. However, it can also be physically and emotionally demanding, requiring constant multitasking, sacrifice, and selflessness
"Balancing your professional aspirations with the needs of your children can present challenges, including time management, guilt, and the need for reliable childcare and support networks," explains Nafsika.Entrepreneur Nafsika Antypas is a writer, author, executive producer, actress, and mother of two.
ENTREPRENEURIAL BUILDING BLOCKS
Nafsika obtained her Bachelor of Arts from Concordia University, majoring in English Literature. She has also studied and earned numerous certificates in TV productions, journalism, languages (Italian and Spanish), and marketing
Nafsika was raised in a Greek household in M ontreal, Canada, and handled many operations of her father's food business, Pilaros Inc., where she learned from her father's entrepreneurial mindset, which has proven very beneficial launching her company and brand, Nafsika' s Garden.
"As an entrepreneur who grew up in a family of business-minded individuals, I share my values with those who understand the potential of the plant-based market. The shift towards plant-based living is not just a trend but a growing movement driven by ethical, environmental, and health-conscious consumers. By aligning my business with these values, I aim to cater to the needs and desires of this expanding market while making a difference in people's lives."
GROWING A GARDEN
Launched in 2019, Nafsika's Garden is a pioneering plant- based food brand that has emerged as a leader in the industry, providing a diverse range of delectable and nourishing plant-based products. Committed to promoting a healthier and more sustainable lifestyle, Nafsika's Garden aims to redefine how society thinks about food, making plant-based eating accessible and enjoyable for everyone sitting at the table.
"It is important, not only to me but to the world, that people recognize the value in living plant-based because it promotes compassion and sustainability. Adopting a plant- based lifestyle can reduce animal suffering, preserve natural resources, and improve our overall health. It is a powerful way to positively impact our planet and create a more harmonious relationship with other living beings."
Driven by a vision to offer innovative plant-based alternatives, Nafsika's Garden blends culinary expertise with a genuine commitment to sustainability
Drawing inspiration from the renowned M editerranean Diet, with its exceptional health benefits and robust flavours, offerings are plant-based products that encapsulate the essence of this vibrant cuisine.
"Nafsika's Garden has rapidly gained popularity and earned its place on the shelves of mainstream markets nationwide. Our vegan cheese offerings have delighted countless individuals who, like me, longed for a dairy-free alternative that could truly replicate and enhance the cheese experience.
"Our vegan cheeses are free from dairy, gluten, soy, and nuts, ensuring that families with various dietary needs can enjoy them. You can find our products at fine grocery stores, ready to elevate your culinary adventures"
Nafsika's Garden rapidly expanded its reach to the United States, followed by several European countries and the United Arab Emirates. The brand's expansion highlights the global demand for high-quality plant-based offerings and Nafsika's dedication to catering to diverse consumers worldwide.
"The future for Nafsika's Garden is bright as consumers realize the numerous benefits of plant-based alternatives. With increasing awareness about the environmental impact of animal agriculture and the ethical concerns associated with animal exploitation, more individuals are seeking dairy-free options that align with their values.
"Nafsika's Garden, as a provider of high-quality and delicious plant-based alternatives, is well-positioned to meet this demand As the market continues to grow, we are confident that our commitment to innovation and sustainability will drive our success and contribute to the positive transformation of the food industry."
ON SCREENS EVERYWHERE
Nafsika's passion for plant-based food led her to conceptualize, create and produce the world's first vegan lifestyle television series, 'Plant-Based by Nafsika.'
It is a conscious lifestyle series that spotlights experts covering different faces of cruelty-free lifestylesfood, nutrition, wellness, beauty, fashion, relationships, and science.
It features renowned guests (Katie Cleary, John Lewis, Jane Velez- M itchell) and nutritional gurus sharing, incorporating and exploring the exciting aspects of a healthy, sustainable lifestyle.
With the first episode airing in July 2016, it was the first vegan lifestyle series ever to hit mainstream us television (A&E). More than 70 million families actively watched the TV show.
"I noticed there were no vegan lifestyle shows out there and decided that I would be the first to do it I wanted to change the world through food and figured I could get more people to switch from a meat-eating diet to a plant-based/ vegan lifestyle through television."
VALUE OF SUPPORT SYSTEM S
"It's important to find a support system that understands and respects your choices, whether it's family, friends, or professional networks. Building a strong support network and practicing self-care is essential for maintaining a healthy work-life balance and thriving in both personal and professional realms
"Overall, being a woman in business and a mother can present challenges Still, it also brings immense joy, personal growth, and the opportunity to positively impact your family and the business world. Embracing your unique experiences, strengths, and perspectives can empower you to navigate these challenges and create a fulfilling and successful life "
With such passion for life and wellness, there is no doubt that Nafsika Anytpas will continue to create and launch new ventures that celebrate and guide people to a new way of living.
PARVI Z TANAVOLI POETS, LOCKS, CAGES
A landmark exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery marks the first major presentation of works by Iranian- born, Vancouver- based artist Parviz Tanavoli in Canada Renowned for his unique ability to merge sculpture and poetry, Tanavoli's exhibition will captivate audiences and ignite a new appreciation for his extensive contributions to modern sculpture. With more than 100 works spanning six decades of Tanavoli's career, Poets, Locks, Cages delves into the artist's exploration of the poet, the lock and the cage as recurring themes
The exhibition displays the full breadth of Tanavoli's artistic practice, focusing on sculpture while surveying painting, printmaking and mixed media. As one of the foremost contemporary Iranian artists and a highly influential Saqqakhaneh school member, Tanavoli draws inspiration from Iran's rich history and cultural traditions
Tanavoli's sculptural works symbolically exemplify the interplay between Iran' s pre- Islamic and Islamic cultural identities. His ability to capture the duality of these identities sets him apart as one of the foremost contemporary Iranian artists who have achieved such a remarkable feat.
Poets, Locks, Cages sheds light on this crucial integration of sacred and secular histories in Tanavoli's art, offering a rare opportunity for North American audiences to engage with the concept of modernism in Iran.
"The poet is the artist's self-portrait," said Pantea Haghighi, independent curator.
"The poet, Farhad the M ountain Carver and the artist become interchangeable and reincarnate as Tanavoli maneuvers through Iran's cultural shifts over the six decades represented in this exhibition. Tanavoli becomes the symbol of persistence and resistance similar to the Mountain Carver."
A highlight of the exhibition is the inclusion of Tanavoli's rarely seen and intimate "Wonders of the Universe" series. This remarkable body of work consists of lyrical paintings inspired by Vancouver' s scenery on the unbound pages of antique books, first discovered by the artist in a Tehran bazaar.
Visitors have the privilege of experiencing the largest selection of "Wonders of the Universe" ever shown, marking its first-ever presentation in Canada.
The exhibition also showcases several antique sculptures from the artist's collection.
"This is a highly significant exhibition, not only for Vancouver and the Vancouver Art Gallery, but for the world. We are contextualizing a lifelong career of art making and thinking," said Anthony Kiendl, CEO and Director of the Vancouver Art Gallery.
"This is the first time that people in [Parviz's] adopted city of Vancouver will get to see a comprehensive exhibition of his work brought together in one place at one time. We look forward to sharing it with everyone."
STORY OF AN ARTIST
Parviz Tanavoli was born in Tehran in 1937. Upon graduating from the Brera Academy of M ilan in 1959, he taught sculpting at the Tehran College of Decorative Arts. 1961-1963, he taught at the M inneapolis College of Art and Design He then returned to Iran and assumed the head of the sculpting department at the University of Tehran, a position he held for 18 years until 1979 when he retired from his teaching duties. Since 1989, he has lived and worked in Tehran and Vancouver, Canada.
His work has been displayed at the British Museum London and Tate Modern and in numerous other prestigious venues in Seoul, Vienna, New York, and Iran
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SHOWCASE PI ANOS PRESENTS
F278 FAZI OLI CONCERT GRAND
Oscar and Primetime Emmy-nominated star Jeff Goldblum performed his first show in Canada with his band, the M ildred Snitzer Orchestra, at the Vogue Theatre in August.
Named after an elderly friend of Goldblum's mother, the group has released three albums: ' The Capitol Studios Sessions,' ' I Shouldn' t Be Telling You
This,' and ' Plays Well with Others
The latter was released in March 2023, with Goldblum appearing on Late Night with Seth M yers and Jimmy Kimmel Live to promote it.
Previous to performing, Goldblum has built an extensive film resume that includes memorable Independence Day, The Fly, Thor: Ragnarok, and the Wes Anderson film, Asteroid City.
M anual Bernaschek, founder and owner of Showcase Pianos, facilitated the delivery of a Fazioli to Vogue Theatre for the evening's performance.
Manuel shares, "When I received the request to provide a piano for the evening at the Vogue, I immediately knew that the Fazioli F278 Concert Grand would be perfect. It has exceptional power, magnificent balance between the bass and treble, extensive dynamic range and harmonic richness. A classic instrument for large concert halls and recording studios, suitable both for the solo repertoire and for performances with large orchestras This Fazioli has an incredible dynamic range, which is inspiring for players."
While the legendary Fazioli Pianoforti instruments are not usually associated with jazz, Manuel feels that "people may have a misconception that Fazioli pianos are only suited for classical music! This could not be further from the truth because it has a crystal clear sound and perfectly even action that all players love Notable musicians, like Herbie Hancock, Brad M ehldau, and Aleph, have performed on Fazioli's."
The evening at the Vogue Theatre was memorable for attendees as Goldblum chatted with the audience before the performance.
Ubiquitous Vancouver-based hornmeister Gabriel M ark Hasselbach was backstage for the performance and declared, "Jeff Goldblum honoured the world-class Fazioli with his unique quirky stylings and deft touch This was most apparent when the band broke down to a whisper, and he was featured on delicate phrases that underscored the vocalist and then set up his about to burst through solo."
Juno Award winner Hasselbach is also familiar with the Fazioli F278 and acknowledges that "having performed on stages throughout the world with top-flight pianists like Jeff Lorber, Jeremy M onteiro, and Tom Schuman of Spiro Gyra, and also being a sound and recording engineer myself, I understand why Fazioli the top-shelf of the top-shelf when it comes to pianos. The sound speaks more energetically and more captivatingly than other pianos, no matter the brand or reputation."
For those who attended the Vancouver performance of the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra, the evening proved to be one well-spent!
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CASK WHI SKY VAULT
AMTD VERSANTE HOTEL
In 2021, CASK Whisky Vault launched and is a 65-seat sanctuary of style and unapologetic celebration of the finer things in life.
The venue vibe is 1920s Art Deco meets Shanghai, infused with a contemporary Asian aesthetic that incorporates rich woods and lush emerald green velvets. Upon entering the room, and if the sliding doors of the circular private dining area are open, guests can view an overwhelming and seemingly endless array of single malts, bourbons, and blended whiskies displayed floor-to-ceiling
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CASK Whisky Vault is located in the AM TD Versante Hotel, just minutes from Vancouver Airport, the far from a typical airport hotel. The hotel dazzles with vibrant colours, natural light and iconic furnishings, like the handcrafted chinoiserie rug by Andy Dixon in the lobby, the charcoal sculpture by M arie Khouri and the custom pink reception pod.
CASK has become a destination for spirit aficionados within a relatively short period of time. It features live entertainment during the week, signature events throughout the year, and two private dining rooms that can be exclusively reserved for up to 10 guests each.
DESIGNING A DREAM
With over 500 varieties of single malts, bourbons, and blended whiskies, including M acallan 30-year Sherry Oak at more than $1,000 per ounce, Bunnahabhain 46-Year, Highland Park 40-Year, Port Ellen 15th Release 32-Year, and Auchentoshan 21-Year, guests are invited to relax on the low plush seating with views of the expansive and beautifully designed bar complimented by oversized black and white photography.
Additionally offered are American, Canadian, Indian, French, and Japanese single malts, blends, bourbons, whisky flights (which explore different labels, cask types, and aging methods) and whisky-based cocktails.
A sanctuary of style and an unapologetic celebration of the finer things in life, CASK complements its line-up of spirits with a menu of Japanese-inspired cuisine, which includes numerous plant-based options available upon request and designed by Chef William Lew.
SUSTAINABLE FEAST CURATOR
Chef Will Lew is the executive chef of Club Versante in Richmond and looks after Bruno, Cask, Acre, and Alaia, along with the banquet and catering departments. His impressive resume includes Glowbal Group, Fairmont Pacific Rim and a stint as Chef de Cuisine of Notch8 at Fairmont Hotel Vancouver.
Amazingly, through Club Versante, Chef Lew has access to its organic 120-acre farm aptly named Acre Lavande on Cortez Island, where the majority of the produce and plant-based products originate from that are used in the hotel's restaurants and are the backbone of the inspirations for the foods created
A M EAL TO REM EM BER
The evening began with the delivery of a ' Tour of Japan' whisky flight that perfectly paired at different points to the evening's 6-course plant-based meal.
Iwai M ars - M ars Shinshu is Japan's highest whisky distillery, nestled between the Southern and Central Alps. Their Kiichiro Iwai release takes inspiration from American whiskies, featuring corn, malt, and a hint of rye aged in ex-bourbon barrels The result is a lean and slightly sweet whisky with notes of pear, quince, red fruits, and vanilla. (Paired with Heirloom Tomato on Silken Tofu with Lime Dressing and vegetarian Fish Sauce).
Shinobu 15- Year Pure M alt - Shinobu is a distillery located in Niigata, Japan, known for its pristine water, rice, and sake. Their Shinobu 15-Year whisky is aged in ex-sherry and ex-bourbon casks before a finishing touch with Japanese Mizunara Oak, resulting in a complex flavour profile with hints of vanilla, fresh oak, spices, citruses, and coffee. (Sipped with Blistered Shishito Peppers and Oyster Mushroom Skewers).
Nikka Yoichi - Yoichi Single M alt is a bold and smoky range of single malt whiskies from Nikka's first distillery, built in 1934. The founder chose Yoichi in Hokkaido for its resemblance to Scotland's environment The malts are made using traditional coal-fired distillation and influenced by the sea breeze from Ishikai Bay, resulting in a briny note. (Enjoyed with both the Agadashi Tofu and the Dessert Course of Frozen Cucumber and Wasabi Sorbet).
READY TO DINE?
In the heart of Richmond and a stone's throw from the YVR International Airport, CASK Whisky Vault is a quintessential elevated hideaway serving world-class whisky, classic cocktails, and a subdued, elegant energy.
Gather to celebrate, catch up with friends or enjoy a leisurely meal in retro-chicness.
AMTD Versante's CASK offers an exciting taste of Asia on the West Coast. Make it your go-to space for sipping the world's finest whisky, popping bottles, dining, and celebrating away from the hustle and bustle of downtown.
At CASK, the average dining experience ranges from 90 minutes for smaller groups and up to 2 hours for larger parties.
Open Wednesday to Saturday with varying hours and menus. We recommend checking the website before dropping by to ensure your evening is well-spent.
CASK Whisky Vault
AM TD Versante Hotel
8499 Bridgeport Road, Richmond
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UTOPI A LUXURY & SUPERCAR
For over 13 years, Vancouver's Luxury & Supercar event has celebrated automotive excellence by presenting the finest vehicles from the past, present, and future.
At the 2023 edition, held at the Richmond Olympic Oval Riverside Place, a new UK marque joined the main-staysFerrari, Lamborghini, Bugatti, M cLaren, Rolls- Royce, Audi, Land Rover, and others.
ARC is renowned for its state-of-the-art technology and stunning motorcycle design. It recently made its first USdelivery - one of only two Founder' s Signature Edition models to be built - to beloved Canadian personality Ryan Reynolds, marking a significant milestone in its journey to conquer new frontiers.
ARC's presence in Vancouver was more than just a coincidence; it was a strategic choice aligned with its commitment to excellence.
The ARC team believed there was no better place for ARC Vector to make its mark than amid a gathering of vehicles that shared the same calibre of distinction and innovation.
In a setting where luxury and performance are paramount, ARC Vector stood with the finest automobiles ever designed. Showcasing at Luxury & Supercar was an opportunity to reveal ARC's remarkable fusion of cutting- edge technology, breathtaking design, and unparalleled performance to an audience that truly understood and appreciated the artistry and engineering behind each vehicle.
For a single day, the team was able to forge connections, inspire enthusiasts, and share the ARC vision for the future of electric motorcycles. It was a momentous occasion, and being in Vancouver, surrounded by the best in the industry, felt like the perfect stage to highlight what sets Arc apart.
THE FUTURE IS ELECTRIC
The Arc Vector is not only the most advanced electric motorcycle ever brought to market; it is a bike that utilizes exotic materials, thoroughbred componentry, cutting-edge architecture and technological innovations that have never been applied to two-wheeled transport before.
The revolutionary modular battery monocoque is a legacy-free platform. ARC Vector features patented front-end geometry, carbon fibre swingarms, custom Öhlins dampers and Brembo Stylema brake system. Releasing the design process from the necessity to incorporate cross-vehicle architecture maximizes its true potential. Replacing the traditional chassis with the battery facilitates the Vector's class-leading range and performance bike mass figures, delivering a dynamic experience often lost with electric vehicles, especially motorcycles
The 240kg electric bike has a 16.8kWh Li-ion battery with a NEDC range of 436km The 95 kW/ 127hp electric motor takes the motorbike from 0-100kph in 3.2a and reaches an electronically-limited top speed of 200kph.
FORGING A NEW PATH
Non-conformist mavericks create ARC motorcycles for spirited and eco-conscious individuals.
Designed and built by a team of visionary engineering specialists led by founder and CEO M ark Truman, the Vector unites world-first technology, best-in-class performance and quality, and a level of exclusivity that will make this one of the most lusted-after EVs ever to enter production.
"We love journeys and experiences, some of us like travelling quickly, some are more methodical and technical But we hold one thing in common - attitude To unselfishly do the best that can be done with the technology and materials around us. It is this attitude which when pulled together makes Arc such a special business, and in turn, makes special vehicles," shares Truman.
We were thrilled for the ARC Vector to be at the Luxury & Supercar grand event because it showcased a sustainable and breathtakingly exciting future of mobility
Interestedinowningoneof thesemagnificent beasts? Pricingstartsat $120,000 andeach iscreated bespokefor thediscerningrider.
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EPPI CH HOUSE I I
UTOPI A ARTHUR ERI CKSON
Introducing Eppich House II, the iconic Arthur Erickson-designed family residence in West Vancouver' s British Properties on 1.18-acres, a masterpiece crafted of steel and glass that extends into the natural landscape.
Timelessly designed in 1979 and completed in 1988, the home at 1056 Groveland Road is named after the Hugo Eppich family, who originally commissioned and have since restored this monumental piece of architecture with its distinctive curved glass brick windows and chrome-plated steel columns.
The three- story terraced main house is a stunning 6,486- square- foot building with separate levels for parents and children. It features five bedrooms, five bathrooms, an expansive living room, a comfortable dining room, a sun-drenched outdoor pool, a hot tub, a games room, and ample office space
Outside are 3,000- feet of terraces that overlook landscaped gardens, a reflection pond fed by a small creek, and an ocean view
A WEST COAST LEGACY
Architect and Vancouver native Arthur Erickson (1924-2009) was a passionate advocate of cultural awareness and a fervent explorer of human and natural environments. Though remarkably diverse, his buildings share deep respect for the context, incomparable freshness and grace, and the dramatic use of space and light.
He brought to his work an understanding of community that when filtered through his insightful mind and fertile imagination, gave birth to a singular architecture that is in dialogue with the world
Erickson studied at the UBC and later at M cGill University in M ontreal, QC. Advanced studies brought Erickson to Greece, Italy, the M iddle East and Japan, where he discovered the nuances of architectural style in climate and terrain.
In 1963, Erickson reached a landmark moment in his career when he won a competition to design SFU in Burnaby. Upon the University's completion, Erickson's integrative design gained international acclaim, opening the gateway to a long and distinguished career
Arthur Erickson is undoubtedly one of the most famous architects from Vancouver, having designed some iconic buildings and structures, including the Canadian Embassy in Washington, DC, the M useum of Glass in Tacoma, WA, and Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto, ON.
AN INCREDIBLE PARTNERSHIP
Of significant influence on the Eppich House II design was a woman named Cornelia Hahn Oberlander (1921-2021). She had a passion and purpose to create environmental works that recognized the importance of intertwining the man-made with nature. Oberlander was a Vancouver- based German- born Canadian landscape architect who blended naturalistic designs with modernist ideals and recognized the urgency of climate change early, designing public spaces to mitigate its effects.
She was one of the first women to study at Harvard' s Graduate School of Design, where Walter Gropius, a leader of the Bauhaus movement, taught her. Its modernist ethos and her upbringing gave her a mission to improve people's lives with public spaces nourished by nature. With Erickson, she created some of the most enduring and beloved public spaces in her adopted city of Vancouver, including Robson Square, a three-block downtown plaza conceived and then built between 1978 and 1983
An oasis of green roofs, waterfalls and hanging gardens, it descends from the city's courthouses and government offices and the meadow of native plants for the M useum of Anthropology at UBC, a Brutalist building design.
PRESERVED IN THE PAGES
In 2019, Vancouver writer Greg Bellerby published the essential book on this marvel of modern architecture
' Eppich House II: The Story of an Arthur Erickson M asterwork' with photography by Erickson's nephew Geoffrey Erickson.
The book meticulously documents Erickson's first steel residence and explores the material's structural and aesthetic possibilities, with curved beams, dyed cladding, and milled furnishings designed by Francisco Kripacz
All features that would have been near-impossible on a regular commission But after seeing the first Eppich House, built for Hugo Eppich's twin brother Helmut, Hugo entrusted Erickson with creating and furnishing the entire house, inside and out.
Bellerby has been a curator and gallery director for over thirty years, producing many exhibitions and publications on visual art, architecture, and design.
He was the commissioner and co-curator of the Canadian Pavilion at the 2006 Venice Biennale of Architecture From 1988 to 2013, he was the director/ curator of the Charles H. Scott Gallery at the Emily Carr University of Art + Design.
Find Greg Bellerby's book on Amazon.ca and Chapters Indigo.
TheEppich HouseII at 1056 Groveland Road, BritishProperties, West Vancouver, hasbeen listedfor saleby Vancouver Realtor Geoff Taylor of Rennie&AssociatesLtdfor $12,800,000.
CURV PASSI VE HOUSE BAKERWEST REALTY
C U R V
Throughout the world, the environmental challenge has given architecture a renewed sense of purpose.
CURV, with its Passive House credentials, takes this to the next level. It is also the first building project in Vancouver for Montreal-based developer Brivia Group. Visually stunning, the undulating shape is meant to resemble a fresh, green shoot emerging from the crack in a city sidewalk.
CURV will be the tallest Passive House in the world and will have 358 homes, including 96 social- housing units, and a rooftop amenities area.
In a global market where discerning buyers have their choice of impeccably appointed homes, the highest standard of design excellence is a minimum expectation.
Representing a new era in sustainable design and engineering, CURV is built to the Passive House standard, the leading measure for low-carbon, energy-efficient homes, and will set a new standard and mark a new era of design and engineering aligned with personal and planetary well-being.
"Vancouver is known for its beauty, its livability, and its campaign to be the greenest city in the world. It is also admired globally for the quality of its urban planning and, increasingly, for its architectural ambition. All this makes Vancouver the perfect canvas for a 60-storey, luxury Passive House tower that stands as a tribute to the city, and a new benchmark for design excellence and environmental achievement worldwide."Kheng Ly, Founder, President and CEO, Brivia Group
TOP- TIER TALENT
Jacky Chan's BakerWest Real Estate is the listing agent for CURV condominiums and Sarah Yada Seto, Vice President, Marketing for BakerWest, has been on board since the beginning. Sarah previously consulted for Passive House Canada and worked on projects throughout Canada and the US, learning from and working with some of the top minds in the country, whose expertise was on the environmental performance of buildings.
Sarah also brings experience from an impressive list of projects, including with Westbank Corp, Bosa Properties, and Rennie M arketing, and as Program Manager for Sustainable Communities at BC Hydro.
Sarah shares, "CURV checks every single box you would expect from a luxury development - from its views, location, and beautiful, organic form designed by a renowned architect But achieving the platinum- level, global standard for environmental sustainability is truly the icing on the cake, elevating it into another realm that only a few others are in."
She continues, "The fact that we are now seeing the effects of climate change on a daily basis has taken my interest in sustainability from a mere 'work' interest to a true 'life' passionin knowing that each one of us has a role to play in making a difference "
TOM WRIGHT, DESIGNER
CURV architect Tom Wright is a principal of WKK Architects (UK) and earned international acclaim with buildings like the Burj Al Arab. In Vancouver, CURV will stand at the pinnacle of the city skyline and advance its aspiration to be the greenest in the world.
LEM AY ID X ESCOBAR
Colombian-born CURV architectural interior designer Andres Escobar is collaborating with Lemay_id, creating a compelling vision and a strong team.
M ARKETING EXPERTISE
Jamie Squires, President, and Managing Broker, is a leader within the Greater Vancouver real estate market with 20 years of experience in the industry and with Fifth Avenue Real Estate M arketing, is set to become one of the most successful and influential professionals in her field. To CURV, she brings dedication and extensive market intelligence.
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"As someone who has been involved in real estate for two decades, CURV represents a dramatic shift in how we view luxury. CURV is emblematic of a seismic transformation in the very essence of luxury, catering to the evolving values of today's discerning clientele who seek not just the best- of- the- best, but also embrace the passive and sustainable nature of the project," explains Jamie.
"Before Fifth Avenue gets involved with a new development, it is key that our values align. For my team, these include an unwavering commitment to integrity, transparency, and excellence in all our endeavors. We prioritize fostering strong and enduring relationships with our clients, partners, and communities, ensuring that every project not only meets but also exceeds their expectations.
"I am passionate about CURV because it embodies the very essence of what I believe the future of luxury living should be. CURV seamlessly merges cutting-edge design, advanced technology, and sustainability, creating a harmonious and extraordinary living experience that resonates with modern sensibilities."
LOCATION IS KEY
Nelson Heights is fast becoming downtown Vancouver's most sought-after address. CURV is flanked by the city's ' Luxury Zone,' which includes luxury brand offerings from Hermes, Gucci, Prada, Dior, and more Dining includes Michelin-recognized Botanist, Boulevard, and M ott 32, and some of North America's top-ranked self-care enclaves like Chi Spa at the Shangri- La and Fairmont Pac Rim' s Willow Stream Spa.Jamie Squires, Fifth Avenue Real Estate M arketing
HAVEN IN THE CLOUDS
On the 60th floor rooftop, residents will find a lofty paradise, aptly named The Haven.
A divine space that includes a luxury dining area with a barbecue and pizza oven and the open-air SkySpa and SkyBar, sheltered by a wall of windows that block the wind, an expansive lounge and an elegant and richly appointed private dining room.
In addition to the gym with professional quality equipment, there is a games lounge with a golf simulator, billiards, and a yoga room powered by Lululemon Studio From the 24-hour concierge on the ground level to top-floor access, CURV sets the stage every day for beauty and wonder.
THE FUTURE IS PASSIVE
Designed in Canada and developed in Germany, ' Passive House' is internationally recognized as the leading science-based standard for low-carbon, energy-efficient homes. Its exacting specifications create the optimal conditions to thrive? including fresh, filtered air in a quiet, tightly insulated, temperature-optimized environment? at lower ongoing costs.
Far exceeding the City of Vancouver's 2030 target for net zero emissions, CURV will use as little as 10 percent of the heating and cooling energy of similar conventional buildings.
Proving the Passive House form at this scale, CURV will be a tipping point in highrise residential construction? the world's most energy-efficient structure and a new standard for the future of living Building CURV to the Passive House standard will save an estimated 50,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions over 50 years!
CURV is a visionary idea expressed in a luxury home: everything one would expect of an exclusive, international residential property, and something more. It is an exacting, and at this scale, unprecedented Passive House standard that reaches new heights for personal and planetary well-being
Like Tesla in its innovative breakout phase, CURV leverages world-leading technological performance to deliver the highest-quality personal experience? the future of living. With iconic architecture, ethereal interiors, elevated amenities, panoramic views, and game-changing environmental achievement? CURV is luxury with purpose.
A FOCUS ON HEALTH & WELL- BEING
The environmental crisis threatens the planet's livability, but the CURV team chooses to see it as a design challenge. When it comes to health and well-being, a home should guard against the challenges of modern life - from microbes and allergens, pollution, noise or otherwise, and an increasingly erratic climate.
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Passive House is the logical extreme in that ambition? with everything from an impenetrable building envelope to a purifying air exchange system? designed and built to ensure luxurious comfort and optimal conditions to thrive.
Exceptional insulation guarantees optimal indoor temperatures no matter the weather outside. The high-quality, carefully engineered Passive House building envelope enhances comfort and ensures longevity. Triple-glazed, draft-free windows protect against the elements: cold, heat, and searing sunbeams There are no thermal bridges: exterior connections that transmit heat or cold in or out of buildings. The structure's airtight building envelope prevents unwanted drafts and preserves absolute quiet. CURV's ventilation system ensures the quiet circulation of clean, fresh, temperature-adjusted air
The Passive House standard ensures a long legacy with ultra-efficient energy use? saving up to 90%of heating and cooling energy compared to similar buildings. The result is lower operating costs and strata fees? freeing up resources and future-proofing its value.
SONG OF THE HEAVENS
As Vancouver is the gateway to the East, CURV, soon to be the highest point in the city, has another identity: Tin Wan (? ? ).
In Cantonese, these words translate roughly as " sky" and " song," but together, they are understood to evoke "the song of the heavens"
This is fitting for a building that shapes a new way forward on a changing planet.
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AZUR LEGACY COLLECTI ON HOTEL
A Z U R
Nestled amid breathtaking mountains and the Pacific Ocean, AZUR Legacy Collection Hotel offers a remarkable fusion of Art Deco and personalized service. It aims to be a gathering place for travellers in the heart of Vancouver's charming downtown financial district.
AZUR is a luxury boutique hotel, an independent family-owned brand founded by Farida Sayani in collaboration with her daughter, Sofia. Their personal touches are evident in a décor and design scheme that evokes a sense of timeless elegance The mother-and-daughter team enlisted the help of architect Shoghig Tutunjian of Studio One Architecture Inc. and Inside Design Studio Principal Judy Henderson to help bring their vision to life
"The core value at AZUR Legacy Collection Hotel is our commitment to provide exceptional experiences by prioritizing each guest's wants, needs, and desires," says Farida. "We've gone above and beyond, sparing no expense to bring this project to life, and we are confident that we will redefine the level of luxury, service, and style our guests are seeking in Vancouver."
AZUR's site was carefully selected because of its prime location in the heart of Vancouver's financial and fashion districts, its proximity to points of entry such as cruise ship terminals, Helijet, and seaplane terminals, entertainment, and sports venues, as well as notable attractions like historic Chinatown, the waterfront, Stanley Park, and the city's finest restaurants.
FIRST IN WESTERN CANADA
The AZUR Legacy Collection Hotel is the first and only property in Western Canada to join a distinguished Leading Hotels of the World (LHW) portfolio that includes over 400 boutique luxury properties in more than 80 countries worldwide.
From its elegant and expansive lobby through to the height of luxury on the 13th- floor Penthouses, bespoke elements and a simple yet dignified design influenced by the glamour of the 1940s Art Deco style abound throughout AZUR, allowing touches of modern architecture and classical details to refine it. Opulent finishes, such as satin brass fixtures, inlaid marble floors, and the art pieces by locally renowned artists that command attention in the lobby, are very articulately curated.
The classic luxury of European marble can be seen throughout the property? from the inlaid marble floors of the vestibule arranged in a chevron pattern with brass details to the marble elevator to the intimate and warm lobby accentuated by a grand gas fireplace with fluted metal and marble sides and a crystal chandelier suspended above a great high cove ceiling.
Each of the 104 rooms, suites, and penthouses seamlessly blends classical style with integrated wireless technology to help create the most comfortable and convenient stay for guests. Walk-through closets feature high-lacquer finished built-in cabinetry with LED lighting and lead to expansive marble bathrooms with double sinks, a rain shower and soaker tub, oversized back-lit mirrors, and heated floors.
STAY UNDER THE STARS
High atop AZUR, the Penthouse Suites provide the ultimate luxury getaway or glamorous staycation in the city's heart.
The Penthouses offer a grand entry through lacquered double doors onto natural hardwood floors. The custom-designed rugs, custom millwork, and a five-piece bathroom with a free- standing tub commanding attention. Other opulent touches include a marble- clad fireplace, a comfortable seating arrangement, and a high-end bar for casual drinks and entertainment For a " home away from home" feeling for the guests, the bar has an integrated seating area, a built-in coffee machine, sink, washing machine, a large fridge, and an outdoor oasis with a private landscaped patio overlooking the city.
DINING AT AZUR
The culinary cornerstone of the AZUR Legacy Collection Hotel can be found in Dahlia, an intimate and elegant lobby restaurant and bar. The hotel lobby's light, simple, sleek feel is juxtaposed with the rich, dark, and cozy atmosphere of Dahlia
Guests can seamlessly transition from one to the other and experience the interplay between both and the unique facets of each space. Expansive yet intimate, with oversized floor- to- ceiling folding windows opening to the elegant and intimate Dahlia patio, guests can enjoy the fresh air and outdoor ambiance
Dahlia's menu evokes the flavours and style of the French Riviera, all while incorporating sustainably sourced ingredients.
Beyond the culinary, Dahlia's bar program writes a new chapter in the city's storied craft cocktail scene. It will tempt cocktail enthusiasts with a thoughtfully curated collection of rare whiskeys, tequilas, scotches, cognacs, and excellent and outstanding wines from the glass and bottle.
An elevated yet approachable list of wines will also spotlight varietals and vintages that showcase the unique terroir of Old and New World and the pride of place expressed in each bottle.
Culinary flair and finesse at AZUR are extended to the rooftop restaurant, the M iddle Eastern- inspired Lavantine. It will offer a unique culinary experience within a warm, lush garden-like setting with green spaces on the 14th floor. The restaurant features an open-concept kitchen, a chef's table, and a Skybar that boasts sweeping panoramic views of Vancouver's city skyline, the ocean, and the surrounding mountains.
TIM E FOR A STAYCATION?
Discover a boutique hotel in Vancouver that marries elegance and quality to this degree is a rare treasure AZUR's founders were unwavering in their commitment to maintaining this cozy and intimate ambiance at every step of the design process.
AZUR radiates timeless elegance and luxury, effortlessly curated with razor-sharp attention to every detail.
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HY M I NIby JK3D
For those in the know, the Vancouver Art Gallery Gift Shop is a jewel among one of the finest collections of art in the world. For those passionate about handbags, Fashion Fictions' Julia Koerner' s HY M ini by JK3D clutches are a perfect combination of art and fashion
The HY MINI is entirely 3D- printed, including its hinge, closure clasp and interior pocket. It features an iconic design inspired by natural hymenium lamella structures. It can only be created using additive manufacturing, producing a handbag of 2.396 layers made locally from renewable plant- based polymers. The lamellar structure creates intricate voids which enable you to peek inside.
AN ARTIST DEFINED
Julia is an award-winning Austrian designer working at the convergence of architecture, product and fashion design. She is internationally recognized for design innovation in 3D-printing, and her work stands out at the top of these disciplines The constantly intriguing aspect of Julia's work is its embodiment of a beautiful organic aesthetic.
Born in Salzburg, Julia received master's degrees in Architecture from the University of Applied Arts in Vienna and the Architectural Association in London. She is based between Los Angeles and Salzburg and has previously practiced in London and New York. Since 2012, Julia has been a faculty member in the Architecture and Urban Design Department at the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA).
Her collaborations involved 3D-printed fashion pieces developed with Haute Couture Houses for Paris Fashion Week and 3D-printed costumes for Hollywood entertainment productions such as M arvel' s Black Panther, collaborating with Ruth Carter, which won an Oscar for Best Costume Design
She further recently collaborated with Swarovski on a showpiece which displays Swarovski's continued strive for innovation and the early developments of 3D-printing technology with glass.
Julia's designs have been featured in the National Geographic M agazine, VICE, WIRED and the New York Times, and the M etropolitan M useum of Art in New York (MET), the Palais des Beaux- Arts in Brussels, and the M useum of Applied Arts M AK Vienna, among others.
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SUNZEN ART GALLERY TREASURES OF HEAVEN
TREASURES OF HEAVEN
The current Sunzen Art Gallery exhibition, "Treasures of the Heaven, " features the work of Chun Feng Xiang Yu, one of the top porcelain makers in contemporary China, with kilns in Jingdezhen City, the birthplace of Chinese porcelain. The founder and current owner, Zou Jun, has been working as a porcelain artist for over thirty years
The lifelike characters and grand landscapes are compared with scroll paintings, masterly depicted within inches. Modern aesthetics interpreted with exceptional craftsmanship, Chun Feng Xiang Yu is worthy of the reputation of "treasures of the heaven."
In over a decade of collaboration between Sunzen Art Gallery and Zou Jun, the curators have collected over a hundred Chun Feng Xiang Yu masterpieces. This exhibition was curated by Sida Chen, produced by Jing Ning and spotlights Chun Feng Xiang Yu's most important stages of creation, representing the thinking and exploration of Chinese porcelain art and its future
HISTORICALLY EXQUISITE PORCELAIN
Born in Jingdezhen City, Zou Jun's ancestors started their porcelain-making business in the early 19th century to support family-owned Chinese medicine shops.
At that time, the Chinese medicine shops needed large amounts of porcelains as containers for Chinese medicines.
In 1992, the Hong Kong tea merchant Rong Zhi ordered some customized teawares from Zou Jun, marking his starting point in a new career as a porcelain-making master
Zou Jun graduated from Jingdezhen Porcelain Academy with a systemic understanding of designing and making porcelain. The archaized designs of Chun Feng Xiang Yu porcelains are based on the Late Yuan Dynasty and early M ing Dynasty (14th~15th century) porcelain styles.
The shape, brushwork, thickness of the porcelain body, and blue and white colour have all undergone repeated trials and comparisons. On this basis, the designs are modified with new techniques and a modernist taste With a great understanding of Chinese porcelain's history, tradition, and unique aesthetics, Chun Feng Xiang Yu now represents high-quality contemporary porcelain art in China.
Along with an extensive collection of artwork and cultural pieces, Sunzen is also home to numerous exhibitions and events to foster community development between artists, collectors, and professionals.
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