A bosque of seventeen spruce trees (Picea bicolour) were recently hoisted by crane and placed atop The Independent. The evergreens range from three to five meters in height and are planted in a cascade of cubic planters. The tree-topped crown symbolizes the height to which the first-growth forest once soared and marks the summit of the Mount Pleasant neighbourhood in Vancouver’s skyline.
Matt Wood and Mark Simpson
Congratulations to our own Matt Wood and Mark Simpson for their recently achieved recognition and status as Certified Passive House Designers.
Acton Ostry Architects are members of Passive House Canada, with access to the most current knowledge, tools and networks for designing buildings that meet the world’s highest level of energy efficiency, the international Passive House Standard.
Two of our projects, Brock Commons Tallwood House and National Soccer Development Centre, both at University of British Columbia, are featured in the Award Magazine August 2017 issue. Read the articles and link to our project pages to learn more.
New School and Child Care
Design is well underway for the new Lord Tennyson Elementary School in the Kitsilano neighbourhood of Vancouver. The $24.5 million French Immersion school will be home to more than 400 students from kindergarten to Grade 7. The LEED Gold project will feature state-of-the-art 21st century learning environments on the first and second floors and a child care centre with an expansive outdoor play area on the third floor.