The Independent, a 21-storey mixed-use residential development, located in Vancouver’s Mount Pleasant neighbourhood, has started construction. Construction is scheduled for completion in 2017.
The triangular tower reflects the diagonal slash Kingsway makes across the city grid while a cascade of cantilevered penthouses celebrates the eclectic, independent character of the neighbourhood. A tree-topped crown symbolizes the height to which the first-growth forest once soared, marking the summit of the Mount Pleasant neighbourhood in Vancouver’s skyline.
Interview with Russell Acton
Russell Acton was interviewed to speak about the design for The Independent.
Construction of the new UBC Aquatic Centre has been taking shape over the summer. Construction began in November 2014 and is targeted for completion in late fall of 2016.
Targeting LEED Gold certification, the aquatic complex includes: 50m competition pool; 25m recreation pool; leisure pool; hot tub; change rooms; multi-purpose rooms; and, spectator seating.
The UBC Aquatic Centre is a collaboration of MJMA (MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects) and Acton Ostry Architects.
Mark Ostry shares his insight on designing successful urban communities and explains the ideas behind the recently completed 999 Seymour.