Vancouver celebrates best in local architecture and design

133 East 8th Avenue. GBL Architects. Category: Medium-Scale Residential Building.
133 East 8th Avenue. GBL Architects. Category: Medium-Scale Residential Building.

Thirteen projects representing the finest in architecture and design were honoured on Monday at the 2016 Vancouver Urban Design Awards.

“The creative and innovative projects honoured by this year’s Urban Design Awards all enhance Vancouver’s natural beauty,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson, “Great architecture and the design of our buildings and public spaces are integral to creating a livable city that’s admired locally and around the world.”

The awards, which are presented every other year since 2014, promote urban design awareness, its value in place-making and the positive contribution public-realm design makes to the lives of people. The awards also recognize and celebrate excellence in architecture Vancouver. 

Winners were chosen in nine categories, along with special jury awards. They were selected by an independent jury, whose members were:

  • Jane Durante, founding member of Durante Kreuk Ltd.
  • Roger Hughes, architect, founding partner of HCMA Architecture + Design
  • Scott Romses, architect, principal of Romses Architects
  • Bill Pechet, principal owner and director of Pechet Studio.

Small-Scale Residential Building

Project: 430 House
Firm: D’Arcy Jones

Medium-Scale Residential Building

Project: 133 East 8th Avenue
Firm: GBL Architects
Developer: MYIE Group
Landscape Architect: Senga Landscape Architecture

Large-Scale Residential Building

Project: Kwayatsut
Firm: NSDA Architects
Landscape Architect: Perry + Associates

Commercial Building

Project: 564 Beatty Street
Firm: IBI Group Architects
Developer: Reliance Properties Ltd.
Team: Carscadden Stokes McDonald Architects Inc, Kane Consulting, Donald Luxton & Associates, John Bryson & Partners, ITC Construction Group

Government and Institutional Building

Project: York Theatre
Firm: Henriquez Partners Architects
Developer: Wall Financial Corporation


Project: The Vanglo House
Firm: Lang Wilson Practice in Architecture Culture
Developer: Vanglo Sustainable Construction Group Ltd.
Team: PJB Engineering Ltd., TLZ Design Consultants

Outstanding Sustainable Design

Project: 250 Powell
Firm: Henriquez Partners Architects
Developer: BC Housing Corporation

Landscape, Public Space and Infrastructure

Project: Metamorphous – Corten Seawall Sculpture and Foreshore Enhancement
Firm: Paul Sangha Landscape Architecture
Developer: Barrie Sali & Roxanne Diaz
Team: Balanced Environmental, Fossil Project Services, Drabek Technologies, GeoPacific Consultants Ltd.

Urban Elements (two awarded)

Element: Bendy Straw Trellis at Mid Main Park
Firm: Hapa Collaborative
Team: Equilibrium Consulting Inc., Watanabe Engineering, Aplin Martin Consultants Ltd.

Element: TELUS Garden Office Pavilion
Firm: Henriquez Partners Architects
Developer: Westbank Projects Corp.
Landscape Architect: Phillips Farevaag Smallenberg


Special Jury Awards

Contextual Response in Urban Design

Project: MNP Tower
Firm: Kohn Pederson Fox Associates and Musson Cattell Mackey Partnership
Developer: Oxford Properties Group
Landscape Architect: Durante Kreuk Ltd.

Active Façade

Project: 999 Seymour
Firm: Acton Ostry Architects
Developer: Townline Holdings
Landscape Architect: Durante Kreuk Ltd.

Partnership of Two Cultures

Project: Skwachàys Healing Lodge
Firm: Joe Y. Wai Architect
Developer: Vancouver Native Housing Society
Team: JM Engineering, Cobalt Engineering, Donald Luxton and Associates, Jonathan Losee Ltd.

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