The Independent

February 2020

The Independent is a 27,600 square metre, transit-oriented, mixed-use residential, office and commercial development located in the heart of Vancouver’s Mount Pleasant neighbourhood. The project reinterprets, celebrates and reflects various aspects of the Mount Pleasant context, street life, materiality and colour through a bricolage of jumbled effects inspired by the diverse range of buildings from different periods and styles that are located throughout the neighbourhood. The form and massing is configured into five distinct building components, each featuring a unique character.

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.

recognition

2021
Grands Prix du Design Residential Silver Award

2019
MIBC Masonry Design Award of Excellence

Vancouver Talmud Torah

July 2016

Completed in 2016, the 8,360 square metre Vancouver Talmud Torah is Vancouver’s largest Jewish elementary school. The plan addresses the multiple spatial and infrastructure constraints that hinder the existing building. Vancouver Talmud Torah accommodates preschool programs, kindergarten, and grades 1 through 7. The renewed school welcomes students in a collaborative and project-based learning environment, where they can acquire skills paramount to the 21st century.

UBC Aquatic Centre

October 2014

Completed in 2017, the 8,000 square metre Aquatic Centre is a collaboration of MJMA (MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects) and Acton Ostry Architects.

Located at the University of British Columbia Point Grey Campus, the new facility accommodates high performance training, community aquatics and student campus life. Angular massing, a soaring roof canopy and extensive glazing all combine to create a dynamic form that dramatically reveals activities taking place within.

Strategic planning allows the competition venue to operate independent of student and community recreational programs. A central skylight spine creates a virtual separation of uses that facilitates delineation and user control for divergent programming. The complex includes a 50m-competition pool, 25m-recreation pool, leisure pool, hot tub, change rooms, multi-purpose rooms and spectator seating. The project is LEED Gold certified.

To learn more about the project, view the videos produced by Bronwyn Davies via UBC Recreation: Welcome to the New UBC Pool and Check out the New UBC Aquatic Centre.

Read the articles on Canadian Architect and Design Quarterly.

recognition

2020
Governor General Medal in Architecture

2019
IOC IAKS Gold Award
Canadian Interiors Best of Canada Award
SCUP Excellence in Architecture
AIA/CAE Education Facility Design Award

2018
Lieutenant Governor of BC Medal
Ontario Association of Architects Award Finalist
Global Architecture & Design Award
AIA International Region Merit Award
AIA International Region Sustainability Award
Piscine Global Europe Pool Design Awards
Interior Designers of Canada Award
Interior Designers Institute of British Columbia Award
Engineers & Geoscientists of BC Sustainability Award
ASHRAE BC Chapter Technology Award

2017
Azure Magazine Ten Best Buildings
Athletic Business Facilities Award

2015
American School & University Architectural Portfolio

2014
Canadian Architect Award of Excellence