Atelier (833 Homer Street)

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Atelier (833 Homer Street)
AtelierVancouverExterior.jpg

Atelier seen from the corner
Building Information
Developer Magellen 20/20
Architect IBI/HB Architects
Management Company Rancho Management Services
Number of Units 202
Number of Floors 29
Year Built 2010
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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Vancouver, BC
Distance to Public Transit Less than one block
Region Vancouver
Municipality Vancouver
Zoning DD
Title of Land Strata


Contents

Background

Artist's rendition of Atelier


Atelier at 883 Homer Street is located in Downtown Vancouver, at the corner Homer Street and Robson Street. Convenience is the order of the day with a Starbucks right at the resident's doorstep and shopping on world famous Robson street a short walk away.

This 29 story building has a concrete construction, a gleaming glass exterior finish and a full rain screen to deal with Pacific Northwest winters. There are 202 units in the building and Atelier offers a full spectrum of homes from 524 square foot entry level one bedroom units to stunning 3000 square foot, double level penthouse villas high in the Vancouver skyline.

The building offers a variety of well designed and livable floor plans. Atelier also provides ground level retail space with low rise commercial space above. Residences begin on the fifth floor. Amenities include a bicycle storage room, a fitness centre, and a garden lounge on the 2nd floor. Most homes feature granite counter tops, laminate floors, gourmet kitchens, a balcony and high ceilings. Atelier offers beautiful views of the North Shore Mountains, False Creek and Burrard Inlet water views.[1]


Location

Atelier is located on the southwest corner of Robson and Homer streets across from the Vancouver Public Library building, the city landmark modeled after the Roman Coliseum. Vancouver's downtown is an elongated peninsula capped to the west by Stanley Park. While still primarily a commercial area, Vancouver's downtown core has been invaded by residential condominium towers over the past two decades, along with social and cultural amenities to accompany the redevelopment.

Atelier's location is central to both the downtown core and close to trendy areas such as the Robson Street shopping district and funky and trendy Yaletown, with it's young urban professional population and chic shops and restaurants. Atelier is situated not far from the Vancouver Art Gallery and just a few blocks from BC Place and GM Place which host numerous sporting events, concerts or shows. The building is within walking distance of Choices Market, Emery Barnes Park, Vancouver International Film Centre, Helmcken Park[2]


Construction

Atelier was built in 2010. It is the second project for developer Magellen 20/20. However, Magellan's President and CEO, Henry F. Man, headed a large portfolio of projects that include some of the most impressive and highly functional residential towers in North America while serving as Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer at Concord Pacific Group Inc.[3]

The building uses concrete construction with a glass curtain wall facade that incorporates a full rain screen. Building design was by Jim Hancock of IBI/HB Architects, a division of IBI Group, an international architecture, planning, engineering, and technology firm.

Interior designs were carried out by noted Vancouver designer Robert Ledingham who created a modern yet elegant environment for residents.

Layout and Features

Interior designer Robert Ledingham was commissioned with the task of creating the interiors for Atellier. Most suites come with upscale finishes including hardwood floors, granite counters and top of the line appliances from SubZero, Leibher and AEG.

Many condominiums have ceilings that are 8 feet high but Atelier provides a roomier feel with 8 foot, 6 inch ceilings and some suites will be as high as 9 feet, 6 inches.

Eastern facing suites have floor to ceiling glass frontage but western exposures have more solid panels and “fins” which act like shallow awnings to cast a shadow in the afternoon as protection from the summer heat.

Additionally, the developers and architects sought to maximize usable space in the building by keeping hallways and common spaces shorter and smaller. This required some juggling to accommodate the building mechanical areas as well.[4]

Floor Plans

Atelier features a range of units including one bedroom (524 to 610 square feet), one bedroom and den (639 to 993 square feet), two bedroom (873 to 1045 square feet) and two bedroom plus den (939 to 1180 square feet). There are also two bedroom plus den sub penthouses ranging in size from 1210 to 1482 square feet and three bedroom penthouses that provide 2235 to 3005 square feet of space.

Amenities

The Atelier sports the typical luxury amenities as might be expected. The spacious lobby is appointed with luxurious furnishings designed for a great first impression.

The lobby sports a 20 foot ceiling, limestone walls, granite floor, crystal ball like chandeliers and a 12 foot wide fireplace. The Atelier concierge provides residents with 24 hour service of convenience and security.

Residents and their visitors can stay healthy at Atelier's fitness studio, The A Club, also designed by Robert Ledingham. The fitness facilities are fully equipped, sporting the finest equipment, steam rooms, showers and a yoga patio that can help you energize first thing in the morning or unwind after a busy day.

The building also has retail, daycare, and offices on the first to third floors, a meeting room and boardroom available for use, and secured underground parking.

One of the highlights of the building is a landscaped courtyard on the seventh floor where residents can plant their own personal gardening plot.

Bylaws

Atelier (833 Homer Street) Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No
Barbecues Yes or No


The Atelier is a pet friendly building allowing residents two dogs or cats. Rental of units is allowed and the age of residents are not restricted in any way.

Sustainability

Gardening plots on sun deck

The Atelier was not conceived as a green building per se. However, residents have use of rooftop gardens serve as both a place for quiet reflection and a model of sustainability.

Residents may settle into the gardening lounge and share a peaceful cup of morning coffee or afternoon tea with their gardening neighbours or get to work growing their own vegetables or herbs thus reducing the need to rely on energy intensive food trucked in from outlying farms.[5]


Trivia

Vancouver Public Library's rooftop garden
  • Developer Henry Man, a chemical engineer, moved from Calgary to Vancouver, leaving a management position with a large oil company to work in the residential construction field.
  • The nearby library building has a rooftop garden designed by Vancouver landscape architect Cornelia Oberlander. However, it is not accessible to the public.[6]
  • From the early to middle of the 20th century, and especially following heightened immigration from postwar Germany, the northwest end of Robson Street was known as a centre of German culture and commerce in Vancouver, earning it the nickname Robsonstrasse, even among non-Germans (this name still lives on in the Robsonstrasse Hotel on the street).


References

  1. BC Condos
  2. Walkscore
  3. Magellen 20/20
  4. Vancouver Sun
  5. Atelier on Robson Website
  6. Wikipedia


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