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.

1235 Marine Drive

This mixed-use four storey 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 a design that showcases these materials, breaking up the building’s massing while maintaining a sense of project continuity.

Our approach features a contemporary street wall vocabulary along the Marine Drive façade. Breaking the length of the building to meet the neighbourhood design guidelines created an opportunity for a more dynamic expression for the residential entrance, which in turn allowed us to provide a connection to the rear of the site.

The stand-alone segment of the project offers the unique opportunity to have units windows on multiple sides resulting in residential units full of natural light.

Using the architectural vocabulary of the Marine Drive façade, we developed the south façade to be more responsive to passive sustainable design, with deeper overhangs to control solar gain. The vocabulary of the south facade is also more in keeping with the residential scale of the lane.

Cook St. Plaza

Cook Street Plaza is a comprehensive mixed-use development in the City of Victoria. The vision for the project is to supply a range of market and below-market housing options and locally supportive commercial space for a walkable, thriving urban area with excellent access to transportation options.

The development includes a six-storey building designed to address Victoria’s new Inclusionary Housing Policy, the remediation and renovation of an existing medical office building, a 12-storey mixed use building including daycare facility, and an extensive site plan that ties the uses together to make a destination of the spaces between.