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Haven at Cook Street Plaza

Haven is a new six-storey condominium in Victoria, BC offering below-market housing through an inclusionary housing initiative. Proscenium is providing full architectural and interior design services for this urban residential building as part of Cook Street Plaza, a multi-building development on the corner of Cook and Yates Streets.

The architectural design responds to the nature of the site, providing a middle density transition from the busy Cook Street to the quieter residential neighbourhood of Johnson Street. The building is broken into two main forms delineated by wrapping frames with an entry emphasized by a feature wall. Ground level units have a townhouse look and feel to them, with large front yard patios and direct street access on Johnson St. The units on the interior of the site overlook the large, shared plaza with seating, playground, and hangout spaces.

To contrast the horizontal nature of the building, a playful vertical pattern of privacy screens are employed on the façade to protect views between units.

Nest at Cook Street Plaza

Nest is a new mixed-use 12-storey condominium building in Victoria, BC by Chard Development. Proscenium is providing full architectural and interior design services for this high-rise urban residential building as part of a larger Cook Street Plaza. The multi-building development on the corner of Cook Street and Yates Street shares a central landscaped interior mews.

Nest is designed to be a cozy community hub, including 113 condominiums with retail at the ground level, including a restaurant with outdoor space. It also accommodates a daycare facility and a community bike-share program for residents.

The architecture reflects a modernist aesthetic with carefully thought-out forms to create livable living spaces. Generous south-facing decks provide ample outdoor space while also giving shade to the level below. We chose different materials for the tower than the ground level and podium to create a more interesting public realm. The interior design follows a directive of “soft urbanism”, with minimalistic, contemporary finishes. Units feature a neutral and golden monochromatic palette, incorporating layers of texture and elements of nature for a Westcoast feel.

Vivid at the Yates

Proscenium is currently engaged in interior design services for a new high-rise multifamily condo project in Victoria, BC by Chard Development called Vivid at the Yates. The twenty-storey tower at 845 Johnson is the first of its kind to offer subsidized units for purchase in downtown Victoria.

The contemporary design is modern, playful and urban—featuring wood-look vinyl flooring, flat-panel interior doors with modern satin chrome levers, flat-panel matte laminate cabinetry, expansive windows with contemporary roller blinds and a hexagonal backsplash. Colour energizes and pulls the design together; monochromatic finishes make the cobalt blue accents throughout the building pop. A beautiful molo design pendant light in the lobby sheds a soft, cloud-like light to welcome residents to the building.

242 West 6th

242 West 6th is a restoration and renovation project to an existing Heritage house in North Vancouver. Formerly a single-family home, the building is being converted 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 in close proximity to downtown. The project went through a rezoning and a heritage review.

The Witton Residence, built in 1914, is valued for its Edwardian-era architecture designed by Blackadder & MacKay and its association with the historical Ottawa Gardens development. Proscenium’s 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 beautiful views down the hill to downtown.

242 West 6th is currently under construction and is about 80% built, with estimated completion 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.

750 Southwest Marine Drive

750 Southwest Marine Drive is an eight-storey, mixed-use building between Oak St. and Cambie St. in Vancouver’s South Marpole district. It is located on the southeast corner of Marine and Aisne Street, walking distance from the Marine Drive Skytrain station. The project, for Chard Development, offers office and light industrial space. Substantial set backs along Marine Drive create opportunities for landscaping and a pedestrian realm away from the busy street edge.

The proposed building includes commercial retail space at grade, light industrial space on levels one and two, office space on levels three to seven, and a building amenity space on level eight with rooftop views. Enhanced end of trip facilities and additional bicycle parking are provided to reduce car demand. This building has energy efficiency as a primary goal and is targeting LEED gold.

The building is designed to be set back from SW Marine Drive, allowing for generous pedestrian and landscaped areas to act as a buffer to the busy street edge and for storm water management. Diagonal paths to the entrance serve two functions: to create a direct flow from for pedestrians from Marine Station and create accessible entry from either direction on the sloped site. Finally, the step in massing at the eighth floor creates a north and south facing amenity deck with intensive planting. From the second floor up, the building is designed to take advantage of views to the north, up the slope across the Marpole Community to the North Shore mountains beyond, and across the Fraser River and Richmond to the south and west.