Before and After
With Spring having finally sprung, we thought it would be interesting to document a ‘before’ and ‘after’ comparison of the new social lounge addition to Har-El Synagogue.
Completed in 1998, the synagogue originally featured an outdoor courtyard terrace with a spectacular view to the surrounding lush creek and forest setting.
Well, after 16 years the setting is even more lush and just as spectacular when viewed from the stunning new light-filled and jewel-like social lounge nestled up against the Jerusalem Stone-clad wall of the temple.
Kingsway | Broadway
UDP Unanimous Support
Acton Ostry presented the proposed Kingsway|Broadway mixed-use residential development to the Urban Design Panel on April 23rd.
The colourful transit-oriented project generated colourful comments on its way to receiving unanimous support from the Panel.
The project expresses the vibrancy of the neighbourhood through a bricolage approach inspired by local street photography, West Coast art, and the essence of hill towns. A tree-topped crown marks Mount Pleasant in Vancouver’s Greenest City skyline.
UBC Sauder School of Business
The UBC Sauder School of Business was recently named one of the “50 Most Impressive Environmentally Friendly University Buildings” by BestMastersDegrees.com.
The facilities were selected for their eco-friendly features and qualities of sustainability. Each of the facilities has earned considerable industry honours for excellence in architectural and green design.
“These universities are showing themselves to be leaders when it comes to beauty and sustainability on campus,” said editor Marianna Chara.
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Kingsway | Broadway
Public Open House
Acton Ostry and Rize Alliance presented an update of the proposed Kingsway|Broadway mixed-use residential development during a public open house held at St. Patrick’s Church on April 14th.
The design reinterprets the rich, varied and vibrant artistic expression of the Mount Pleasant community captured through contemporary street photography, West Coast painting and sculpture, and the essence and order of steep and colourful hill towns. The tree-topped crown of the tower marks and distinguishes Mount Pleasant in Vancouver’s Greenest City skyline.
The Mount Pleasant Community Plan, adopted by Council in November 2011, identified the site as one of three in the Mount Pleasant neighbourhood to accommodate increased density and building height.
UBC New Aquatics Centre
The design for the new Aquatics Centre at UBC continues with further development of construction documentation and interior design studies.The project is a collaboration of MJMA (MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects) and Acton Ostry Architects.
The bright, light-filled aquatics centre will feature a 50m competition pool, 25m recreational lap pool, leisure pool and other amenities including, universal change rooms, a hot tub, multi-purpose spaces, and spectator seating for aquatics competition events.
The project is being designed to a LEED Gold target and is scheduled for completion in 2015.