New construction in Vancouver is aiming higher and higher

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In 2027, Vancouver’s skyline will take on a new look when Curv, estimated to be the world’s tallest passive building, is completed. With 61 floors and a name inspired by its seemingly round shape, Curv will rise in the West End on Nelson Street between Thurlow and Burrard.

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Developed by Montreal’s Brivia Group and designed by Tom Wright Architects, Curv will be the tallest residential building in Vancouver, said Jacky Chan, CEO of BakerWest Real Estate.

“It will be the most energy-efficient and sustainable building in Vancouver,” Chan says. “It will set the tone for a new era. This will serve as an example for all developments further on.”

Presale for Curv is expected at the end of 2022.

And the winner is…

After a four-year hiatus, the Urban Development Institute awards were presented at a sold-out event of 750 attendees at the Hyatt Regency in Vancouver on May 11.

“Normally it happens every two years,” explains Ginny Normandeau, program manager at UDI. “It was supposed to happen in 2020, but because of COVID it was postponed.”

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This year, the institute introduced two new categories, including Innovation in Affordability, donated to Aryze’s Tiny Home Village in Victoria – 30 temporary homes made from recycled shipping containers.

Victoria's award-winning Tiny Home Village by Aryze Developments consists of 30 units made from recycled shipping containers.
Victoria’s award-winning Tiny Home Village by Aryze Developments consists of 30 units made from recycled shipping containers. Photo by SuppliedPNG

“This time, the jury has created a new category to promote Aryze Developments’ Tiny Homes Village as really, really worthy,” says Normandeau. “They just felt they wanted to create a special award to draw attention to that, rather than just having it as a finalist in the other categories.”

Another new category, the Public Practice Award, went to Charles Gauthier. Peeter Wesik, chairman of Wesgroup Properties, was inducted into the Hall of Fame and Mike Mackay, of Strand Development, received the Maureen Enser Future Leader Award.

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For a full list of winners, visit udi.bc.ca/awards-2022/.

Suite inspiration

At Ace on the Drive, Allison Mark, senior design manager of Wesgroup Properties, combines a clean neutral palette with a touch of whimsy.
At Ace on the Drive, Allison Mark, senior design manager of Wesgroup Properties, combines a clean neutral palette with a touch of whimsy. Photo by SuppliedPNG

“I love making beautiful display homes, but I also like to make them approachable so people can actually imagine living in something similar to what we’re showing,” said Allison Mark, senior design manager at Wesgroup Properties. .

Mark’s most recent work is Ace on The Drive (1690 E 12th Avenue, Vancouver), a project that reflects the vibrant energy of the Commercial Drive neighborhood. The space is a fresh, stylish take on functionality with a touch of whimsy. For example, a cheerful poppy print wallpaper in the bathroom complements the geometric floor tile and modern finishes, while a “flex” space has been transformed into a creative home office.

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“I had this vision,” says Mark, referring to the wallpaper. “I knew it would stand out and become a memory point.”

Whimsical wallpaper in the bathroom.
Whimsical wallpaper in the bathroom. Photo by SuppliedPNG

Mark likes to work with a neutral palette that incorporates different textures and tones, so that it appeals to both men and women. She then adds what she calls “punches” with art, accessories and bedding, ending with unique, even quirky pieces for character.

Mark found the feedback about the display suite heartwarming.

“People are walking away from the project enthusiastically,” she says. “They are excited that this could be their potential home. That makes me feel really good knowing that I’ve designed a space that people find welcoming and excited about and want to show off.”

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