AOA Supports the North American Passive House Network Conference 2015

September 2015

Acton Ostry Architects is pleased to support this year’s North American Passive House Network Conference 2015, a North America conference for the International Passive House Standard that delivers building energy efficiency.

Hosted by CanPHI West at the Hyatt Regency hotel in Vancouver, the event program features case studies of exciting Passive House developments, from low rise to high rise, in hot and cold climates, from North America and around the world. Workshops and presentations will be curated both for those new to Passive House, and for others who are already designing, building and looking to expand their knowledge.

The Duke

August 2015


The Duke, a new 14-storey mixed-use residential rental development with 202 units has started construction this month. The development is scheduled for completion in mid 2017.

Located in a busy transit-oriented node on the corner of Kingsway and 11th Avenue, the 4,925 sf residential development offers a unique and innovative residential typology for the area through the use of studio, 1 & 2 bedroom units arranged around the perimeter of the site to create an open air central circulation space from which the units will be accessed.

To be developed under the Rental 100 Policy, the project seeks to provide more high quality secured market rental within the city and requires that the building remain rental for a minimum of 60 years.  It will therefore offer long-term rental housing options to both new and existing residents of the Mount Pleasant community.

The Independent

July 2015

Construction Underway

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.

The Independent

June 2015

Interview with Russell Acton

Russell Acton was interviewed to speak about the design for The Independent.