Har-El Synagogue

May 2014

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

April 2014

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

April 2014

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.

Kingsway | Broadway

April 2014

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.