Langara Bioinformatics Lab is complete!
We’re excited to have completed the Bioinformatics Lab at Langara College. This brand new molecular lab has a built-in tissue culture lab and some other great features.
The main lab has all the essentials for an academic science lab geared towards teaching upper-level biology. Proscenium paired a clean contemporary design with the necessary specialized building services such as access to water, compressed air, fume hoods, filters and methods of disposing chemicals.
The facility is unique because it also has built-in infrastructure for hosting industry professionals for extended periods on research projects. A hallway with faculty offices also includes two hotel-ing stations for visiting scientists.
The project also allows space for evolving technologies. A general-purpose computer lab features five Virtual Reality stations that allow users to build 3D models of enzymes, proteins and other molecular structures as a tool for teaching and research.
We are excited for Langara to reopen and for this lab to be full of students!
The Royals featured in the North Shore News
Our project with Chard Development in central Lonsdale, North Van has been featured in the North Shore News. “The Royals” includes a new 24-storey building and a fully renovated 16-storey building for which Proscenium is doing full interior design services.
The article describes the design intent, quoting Alissa Foss, PAI designer:
“Residents of both towers will be greeted by beautifully designed foyers and elevator lobbies with wood-slat feature walls and signature light fixtures. Inside the units, the interior design is soft and neutral, keeping the focus on the amazing views. The kitchens have elegant white cabinetry, chrome faucets, GE and Haier stainless-steel appliances and quartz-composite counters, which are echoed in the bathrooms. Warm-toned vinyl plank flooring throughout will complement anybody’s furniture, says Alissa Foss, interior designer at Proscenium Architecture + Interiors who designed the project. “We chose a design aesthetic with neutral tones that will suit all renters and allow them to bring their own style,” adds Foss.”
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.
1235 Marine Drive goes in for development permit
We are excited to announce that 1235 Marine Drive, a new four-storey residential/commercial project in North Vancouver has gone in for development permit.
The new project on the North Shore is a contemporary expression of the history of Marine Drive and its rich ship building past, historically an early industrial neighbourhood constructed of brick, steel and wood. We researched local building typology and expression circa 1900, and used our research to inform two options showcasing these materials, examining approaches to breaking up the building’s massing while maintaining a sense of project continuity.
Some design features from the Architect:
- The residential floors hang over the commercial units, creating natural weather protection without having to resort to tacked-on canopies
- We widened the sidewalk and added seating to encourage the use of Marine Drive as a walking and shopping destination
- It has the ingredients of an industrial warehouse (wood, metal, brick) but those materials have been designed for residential suites instead
- Bright red metal frames reflect the high energy of busy Marine Drive
Sustainability in Design
Sustainable urban design is about more than innovation, it’s about survival.
On October 31st, the UN-Habitat (a UN program for sustainable urban development) released its 2020 report on World Cities, as mentioned by this article in ArchDaily. A central issue highlighted in the report is sustainable urban development. More people than ever before are living in cities, and reducing their carbon footprint will be a major factor in tackling climate change.
Sustainability is a big value for us at Proscenium, and we are thrilled when we get to work with clients who are passionate about it too. Over the years, MEC has made sustainability integral to its brand (more on this during Hugh Cochlin’s upcoming presentation for the Wood Solutions Conference).
One of the many features that makes the newly completed MEC Vancouver so unique is that it is a high-performance mass-timber building with high insulation and air tightness, designed to us one-third less energy than national standards. It is so efficient that the building’s mandatory connection to the Neighbourhood Energy Utility (NEU) is used to sell back excess energy to the system. The building is also LEED Gold and Salmon Safe.
Other green factors include: a flat central “blue” roof that collects water then reuses it in the building’s toilet system, “green” sloping roofs planted with regional meadow growth, and the use of wood as a building material. Wood construction (as an architectural trend) is a sustainable option because it has reduced embodied energy (it can be locally sourced) and the materials can be recycled after demolition.
Being sustainable never looked so good!
Green and Blue Roof for Water Collection
Interior Atrium (Showing Douglas Fir Glulam Columns, Spruce/Pine CLT Floor and Roof, Steel Omega Braces)
Cedar Wood Soffit/Column Canopy at 2nd Ave