Study for a Local Kollel
Earlier this year, we developed a study for a new community centre building for a local Kollel. There are some great features about this project that we want to share with you!
WELCOMING FROM ALL SIDES
The Kollel is located on a site that faces the street on the west and backs onto the Arbutus Greenway on the east. The greenway is an ongoing City of Vancouver project to create a walking, biking, and rolling path that stretches from False Creek to the Fraser River in Vancouver.
The building’s design takes advantage of that configuration by providing through-connections and a welcoming appearance from all sides.
A MAIN HALL THAT FACES JERUSALEM
The volume of the main hall on the second floor is skewed in plan to reflect the direction of Jerusalem, and to differentiate it from the rest of the building as a space that exists in relation to something outside of the usual street grid.
The ground floor is designed to be a buzzing community hub with social spaces, restaurant and café. The second level houses the main hall and the third level has office spaces.
MEC Vancouver in the Press
MEC Vancouver Flagship store seems to be the talk of the town! It’s great to see the project get some recognition for its various sustainable elements, from mass timber design to rainwater recycling.
Wood Design & Building Magazine, 2020: Print and Online: “Expressing a brand’s outdoor-friendly philosophy by building with wood”
Think Wood Blog: “Biophilic Brands: Can Wood and Nature Boost the Bottom Line?”
MonteCristo Magazine: “Inside MEC’s New Flagship Store: Vancouver’s Co-op Has Come a Long Way”
The Daily Hive: “New MEC Vancouver flagship store a showcase of wood construction”
UBC MacLeod: A Seismic Test Case
Our ongoing major renovation of The MacLeod Building, the electrical and computer engineering building at UBC, involves a complete gutting down of the building to its basic structural elements. Necessary seismic upgrades are driving the renovation, which provides a native opportunity to reconstruct the building to evolve its approach to 21st Century pedagogy. As part of the assessment, there was consideration given to not just upgrade to current code levels, but to exceed those levels.
The motivation was to limit damage to both structural and non-structural elements of the building, which would extend the useful life of the building, further protecting the investment in new infrastructure and systems that allow faculties to keep adapt to new teaching approaches.
After many years of working with UBC on various renew projects, we are proud to be involved in this exciting and sustainable approach to campus facilities! Extending the life of this 1967 building designed by Thompson Berwick Pratt is an important step in preserving the rich architectural history of UBC campus.
Virtual “Open House” is live for 750 SW Marine Drive!
Browse the video walkthrough of our proposed project at Southwest Marine Drive! The eight-storey building currently in for rezoning includes office, light industrial and at-grade retail uses.
242 West 6th Site Visit
This beautiful heritage house at 242 West 6th is coming together, with the roof complete, windows in, and the shingle cladding being installed. The renovation/restoration project is about 80% built, with estimated completion for Spring 2021.
The project will really come together over the next couple months as attention is turned to tiling, millwork, painting, site work and landscaping.
The project converts The Witton Residence, formerly a single-family home, into a duplex, with a full suite in one side and an infill house on the lane. A site that housed one family will now house four, keeping in line with the goal of densification for neighbourhoods near downtown.
The project went through a rezoning and a heritage review. The design will maintain the heritage value of the house and its expression on the exterior, while adding a new addition that complements (but doesn’t mimic) the original cladding. Some original elements have been restored, including stained glass windows, existing shingle siding, a belly-band and bell curve skirt on the shingles. An exploration into the historical paint of the building confirmed a colour scheme of Comox Green, Dunbar Buff and Stratchcona Red for the window trim, which will be matched. The house has gorgeous views down the hill to downtown.