Artworks

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237 East 4th Avenue, Vancouver, BC

Artworks
ArtworksVanExterior.jpg

Exterior shot of Artworks
Building Information
Management Company Wynford Group
Number of Units 76
Number of Floors 4
Year Built 1993
Construction Method Concrete
Distance to Public Transit Over 10 options nearby
Region Vancouver
Municipality Vancouver
Zoning IC-3
Title of Land Strata


Contents

Background

Steel entrance to Artworks


As its name implies, Artworks is a building with an art and work focus. This loft-style condominium in Vancouver was designed for people who live and work at home. These types of people tend to be artists, but it could also be people operating a home business.

There are four levels and 76 units in total in this strata. Artworks is one of many loft-style residences from the same time period in Vancouver's Mount Pleasant area, also known as SoMA or South of Main Street. Other examples include Main Space and Artech. Like these two buildings, Artworks has a warehouse appearance with a concrete and steel frame and exposed metal on the exteriors and interiors.

Some units have balconies offering great views of Science World, The Olympic Village, and downtown skyscrapers from across False Creek.


Location

Artworks is located on 237 East 4th Street in Mount Pleasant. This neighbourhood has a number of live/work residences as it was a former industrial area (some parts still are) that is transforming into a vibrant and trendy area for arts and culture lovers. Residents of Artworks are a quick walk to Main Street, an eclectic mix of independent coffee shops, art galleries, boutique stores, and eateries. If residents need a quick shot of espresso in between their work, they can take a 25 second break to Kranky Cafe and not feel so cranky afterwards.

The recently renovated Mount Pleasant Community Centre is a close walk on 1 Kingsway Avenue, as is Science World in the other direction at 1455 Quebec Street.

Outdoor places within walking distance include the Olympic Village where athletes from all over the world, including Canada's own, stayed during the 2010 Winter Olympics. From there, it is just steps to the False Creek Ferries and the Seawall that wraps around the south shores of False Creek.

Main Street SkyTrain is the nearest rail station, and there are also several bus options within a block or two. Artworks has a high Walk and Transit Score of 90 out of 100.[1]

Construction

Exposed metal roof makes residents feel they're sleeping in a warehouse

Like many artists' live/work studios, Artworks has a converted warehouse feel to it because of the concrete and steel-frame structure that is visible on the interior in the form of metal railings, sheet metal roofs, and concrete floors.

A huge freight elevator that goes between the four floors contributes to the building's industrial appearance.[2]

The steelwork on the outside is a vivid blue that adds a nice central portion of colour to an otherwise standard grey low-rise. The building was completed in 1993 and is wheelchair accessible.

Layout and Features

Loft units at Artworks have concrete floors, giving it that industrial appearance that tends to attract artists. Everything about these spaces is large: the open-concept layouts, the tall ceilings, some as high as 10 feet, and the over sized windows that let in a lot of natural light - perfect for artists working on canvas.

The units on the second and third floors boast 11 foot ceilings. The ground and fourth floor units are double height, many with built-in lofts.[3] Kitchens have stainless steel appliances and a breakfast bar. There are also gas fireplaces and storage space built into the units.

Some suites have balconies. Shared laundry facilities are in the building, but residents also have the option of hooking up an in-suite washer and dryer.[4]

Floor Plans

Unfortunately no floor plans are publicly available for Artworks.

- [4] This link in the References section, however, provides a slideshow of a sample interior.

Amenities

Artworks doesn't offer too many amenities for residents, but it covers the basics:

  • Shared laundry
  • Bicycle storage
  • Underground parking[5]
  • City views for suites with balconies


Bylaws

Artworks Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No


Rentals and pets are allowed at Artworks with restrictions.

There is no restriction on age though.[6]

Sustainability

Since Artworks was built in 1994, 'green' building practices were not high on its radar. That being said, residents can upgrade the appliances and electrical and plumbing in their suites for more energy-efficient results.[7] Additionally, Artworks' walk and transit-friendly location makes it easy for residents in the city to get around without a car.

Trivia

  • Artworks should not be confused with another place of the same name in Vancouver. Art Works Gallery is a modern art gallery on 225 Smithe Street in downtown Vancouver. They specialize in contemporary Canadian and International artists and feature a variety of mediums and styles.[8]
  • One of the real estate listings for this condominium states that there is an in-house art gallery, suggesting this building has a communal vibe that could be a further draw for artists insofar as they get to share their work with one another and get inspired from others' creativity.[2]


References

  1. Walk Score
  2. 2.0 2.1 West Side Real Estate
  3. Lofts Vancouver
  4. 4.0 4.1 Ben Chimes Real Estate
  5. BC Condos
  6. Van City Lofts
  7. Eco Realty
  8. Art Works BC


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