PROJECT UPDATE: Mateah

SHAPE Architecture is excited to share that our Mateah project has passed a public hearing in Saanich last week! This mixed-used development is located on the border between Royal Oak and Carey and is comprised of three buildings connected by large external public spaces to provide a unique opportunity for connecting existing residential, commercial, and light industrial uses in the neighborhood to a vibrant community hub.

Mateah will include more than 250 new market and affordable housing, as well as amenities such as a non-profit childcare centre, a medical campus, and commercial and light industrial businesses. We are appreciative of our team and the broader community for their input and support over the past three years!

To learn more about the project, please visit this link.

PROJECT UPDATE: Cardero Street

The Cardero project consists of 3 adjoining ‘houses’ which form 1 building: Houses A and B are heritage houses, while House C is a new adjoining infill. Both heritage houses were repositioned forward on site to facilitate this infill, carefully increasing the density of the site.

House B is a little further along in construction and is being fitted with original refurbished sash windows this week. House A is currently framing out on level 3 while House C is almost completely framed.

Stay tuned to see more updates for this project!

NEW PROJECT: Menno Hall

SHAPE Architecture is pleased to announce that an Informational Open House will be held tonight for the Menno Hall proposal with MCC and PCDA—an exciting place for students, residents, and academics to live, reflect, and study in a purpose-built new development at the Gateway to the UEL. The project will benefit the wider community by providing a special place which integrates living, faith, and learning through a considered approach to urban design, landscape, and the public realm.

The proposal is comprised of a mid-rise 4 to 6-storey mixed use Institutional space for Peace Studies, Student Rental Housing, and Rental Housing which creates housing opportunities for the missing middle. Consistent with the core planning principles underpinning the newly adopted Area D Plan (local area policy for the neighbourhood), the project will be a model of sustainable development with its utilization of mass timber, green roof + rainwater management, and energy efficiency meeting Step-Code 4.

As part of the formal consultation period, this Informational Open House will be an opportunity to share further details about the proposal and solicit feedback. We welcome all to come out and meet our team in-person!

For additional information, please visit this link.

PROJECT UPDATE: Morrison on the Park

Construction continues to advance on the Morrison on the Park Townhouses—with the below-grade work largely in place now, above-grade curb forming and wood framing have been progressing quickly over the past few months. Building wrap and vapour semi-permeable PO film installation for window preparation has been observed on Buildings 1 + 4 on the east side of the site, which have now been framed to the roof levels.

Upper level framing can also be observed in-progress for Buildings 2 + 3 on the west side of the site. The team is very excited to get a sense of the massing on-site now, and we look forward to the upcoming developments!

Learn more about the Morrison on the Park Townhouses here.

ANNOUNCEMENT: SHAPE Architecture is Moving!

Our studio is moving into a new custom-built office space effective December 17th as we celebrate a significant milestone in growth with our expanded team of 30 people! The new space is built with state-of-the-art technologies, design features and end-of-trip facilities to create an even more collaborative in-person work environment, while supporting a hybrid in-office/work-from-home model.

The move into the new office parallels with our move into larger scale complex projects as we continue the pursuit of excellence in project delivery and client services while enriching our communities through architectural expression.

The new office will be housed in the new VMC + Affordable Housing mixed-use tower located at 1462 West 7th Avenue, Vancouver, BC V6H 0C3.

Stay tuned for more information and images!

PROJECT UPDATE: Just West

The installation of the building envelope is well underway in our Just West Townhouses project. Passersby along West King Edward Avenue can now observe the painting of the white brick and black stucco cladding that will articulate the finishing architectural character of these six three-storey townhouses.

Sample mock-ups of the entry portals and deck railings have been installed on site for the team to evaluate on Building 1, which will inform the construction of these items for the remaining buildings. Other hardware, including the windows and doors, have also been put in place throughout the site now.

Stay tuned over the next few months as construction of these townhouse units continues to move towards completion!

Learn more about Just West Townhouses.

PROJECT UPDATE: 1037 West King Edward Housing

This new four-storey wood-frame development, located on West King Edward and Oak Street in Vancouver, BC, provides 36 secured rental units, which will benefit from strong relationships to fresh air, natural light, landscape and usable outdoor space based on the building’s central courtyard and rooftop garden typology.

The unique multi-family rental housing project targets LEED Gold and is in its final stages of construction, where the exterior finishes are coming together, and work is ongoing in the interior. The design concept encapsulates a sense of community and living together, while the project further contributes to the City of Vancouver’s goal of improving the options and availability of affordable housing.

Learn more about 1037 West King Edward Housing.

PROJECT UPDATE: Vancouver Masonic Centre + Affordable Housing

The Vancouver Masonic Centre + Affordable Housing project had a successful Occupancy Review with the City of Vancouver last week, which means that 150 units of housing are becoming available to a city that desperately needs them!

This past month enjoyed an accelerated completion of finishing details that completed the building’s form and character. Metal cladding, limestone cladding, patio paving, tile work and guardrails have all come to completion. Final touches of landscaping installations have completely transformed the worksite into an urban oasis, with trees, shrubs and sedums animating the interior courtyard “mews”, and the nine levels of green roof spaces that terrace up around it. Civil and landscape sidewalks along 7th and 8th Avenue connect the interior courtyards and entrances to the neighborhood streets and sidewalks.

While we are proud of the contribution that the building makes to the Vancouver skyline, and enjoy discovering the various vantage points in the city that disclose the tower’s iconic white, columnar cladding, we are also very pleased to be making a societal impact in contributing to the provision of affordable housing for the City of Vancouver.

Learn more about the Vancouver Masonic Centre + Affordable Housing project.

ANNOUNCEMENT: Newest Associates at SHAPE Architecture

Please join us as we congratulate and welcome our newest associates, Nathan Webster and Mehran Parnian.

Nathan has garnered over 20 years of industry experience and has been with SHAPE Architecture for over two years. He has successfully continued project delivery for multi-family housing and mixed-use facilities, and is currently involved in multiple projects including a significant not-for-profit Passive House project for The United Church of Canada.

Mehran has over 16 years of experience in the industry and has demonstrated exemplary leadership and design skills in his past year at SHAPE Architecture. He is currently working on multiple projects including a mixed-use student housing facility at the University Endowment Lands.

As new associates, both Nathan and Mehran will continue to share their extensive experience in design and construction with our team. Their passion for architecture contributes to our dynamic design process and will continue to support SHAPE Architecture as we grow and strengthen both new and existing relationships with the clients, design professionals and communities that we collaborate with.

Learn more about our team here.

 

PROJECT UPDATE: Morrison on the Park Townhouses

Below-grade construction is moving quickly on the Morrison on the Park Townhouses, located south of our Morrison Townhouses project. Pouring of concrete walls has begun to take plan on site following its excavation, and the formwork for interior concrete walls and reinforcements is in progress. The concrete walls have been shotcrete on the north + east ends of the site and is advancing westward with the formwork and reinforcements.

About a third of the concrete columns are in now place for the P2 level, and excavation and installation of the mechanical sump and oil interceptor was observed in progress as well. A few others are on site awaiting installation.

Learn more about the project here, and stay tuned as the below-grade concrete work develops over the next months!