Collection 45

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133 East 8th Avenue, Vancouver

Collection 45
Collection45VancouverExterior.jpg

Exterior Rendering of Collection 45
Building Information
Developer MOYEUNG INTERNATIONAL ENTERPRISE LTD.
Architect GBL ARCHITECTS INC.
Management Company PACIFIC QUORUM PROPERTIES
Number of Units 45
Number of Floors 6
Year Built Under construction
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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133 East 8th Avenue, Vancouver
Distance to Public Transit Less than one block
Region Vancouver
Municipality Vancouver
Zoning C-3A
Title of Land Strata


Contents

Background

Artist's rendition of Collection45 at sunset


Collection45 is one of the new condominium developments in the Uptown Main St corridor. it offers a unique and modern design that is modern and bit retro chic all at once. Located just off Main Street on 8th Avenue in the Mount Pleasant neighbourhood of East Vancouver, the Collection45 condominium is a six storey mid-rise concrete building that will offer 45 apartments as well as office and retail spaces on the main floor.

The ten top floor suites will have large rooftop terrace decks with views and sixteen of the homes will be two level cityhomes with an innovative scissored layout such that each has views of both the downtown Vancouver skyline and the neighbourhood surrounding the building.

Inspired by a blend of European modernism and Zen simplicity, each of the building's apartments is designed to embrace natural light, maximize open space and encourage free movement. The striking architecture impacts viewers with brick and metal panels sprinkled into a contemporary steel and glass structure to give it a distinct industrial look and feel. [1]

The origins of the Mount Pleasant neighbourhood can be attributed to a former stream which attracted a number of breweries from 1888 to 1912. The stream became known as Brewery Creek. In 1890, the first street cars arrived in the area and along with the connecting routes of Main Street and The Kingsway, The SoMa district became the centre of industry and commercialism for Mount Pleasant. By 1897, there was a substantial population growth centred on Broadway and Main Street. The ability to commute to the City Centre and the industries of Brewery Creek and False Creek provided the draw for many working families that now populated the area below Broadway making Mount Pleasant Vancouver's "first suburb".



Location

Collection 45 is located at 133 East 8th Avenue, just off Main Street, in Mount Pleasant. this is another of Vancouver's neighbourhoods undergoing a contentious gentrification. Today's Mount Pleasant, especially the up-and-coming SoMa district that is home to Collection 45, is one of Vancouver's hottest neighbourhoods. While still being more affordable than Kitsilano or Yaletown, Mount Pleasant provides easy and rapid access to downtown Vancouver, and both the Canada Line (on Cambie Street) and SkyTrain, as well as a growing number of unique bars and restaurants.

The majority of Mount Pleasant's dining and nightlife nearby on Main Street, the commercial centre of the neighbourhood. From roughly East 6th Avenue to East 33rd Avenue, Main Street is full of unique cafes, restaurants, bars, and pubs. Some popular spots include the vegetarian Foundation, the downtown-style Cascade Room, the live-music Main on Main, and the Five Point Pub.

There are nine parks spread throughout Mount Pleasant, making it easy to find a spot to walk the dog, play tennis or soccer, or a playground for the kids. China Creek North Park has a popular jogging trail and beautiful views of the North Shore Mountains.[2]

Construction

Building overview
Collection45 is being developed by Moyeung international Enterprises Ltd. and was designed by GBL Architects inc. The concrete building features second floor suites grouped together by a horizontal brick frame that aligns with the commercial space below. The glass and steel facade is entwined with brick and metal panels to create an exterior narrative that speaks to the neighbourhood's industrial origins as well as its lively contemporary nature. The folding nature of the frame softens the structure’s height, bridging the scale of existing buildings and those planned for the future.

Collection45 features a 20-foot landscaped breezeway that runs alongside the building, inviting passers-by to experience the architecture from all angles. Innovative solar shading on the south and west facades will keep residents comfortable year round. The building also has various indoor amenities and a prominent outdoor terrace as well as rooftop green space.

Moyeung is a British Columbia based developer that specializes in residential, commercial and retail projects. The company’s team of architects, land developers, designers and builders oversee the entire construction process, from the first blueprint to the final doorknob. Since 2000, Moyeung has provided quality construction for more than 11 million square feet of real estate in Canada, the United States and Asia.

GBL Architects is a Vancouver based architectural firm with over 30 employees and a reputation for high quality design and rigorous project management. Established in 1983, the firm’s growing portfolio of work includes a wide range of housing projects, hotels, historic renovations, retail developments, corporate workplaces, subdivision planning and public commissions throughout British Columbia.

According to the architects, Collection 45 was a challenging and rewarding project. Support from the city, and close collaboration with local residents and interest groups, helped them arrive at a design that maintains the artistic integrity of its architectural vision and fits in with the flavour and needs of the community.[3]


Layout and Features

Two bedroom suites at Collection45 stretch across the building, ensuring air and natural light flow freely throughout the day. One and two bedroom suites also extend out over a pedestrian breezeway on the building’s west side, maximizing daylight hours and postcard views. Top floor residents can take in the city lights from private, landscaped rooftop decks. Common areas, including elevator lobbies, stairways and corridors, are strategically glazed to take maximum advantage light, ventilation and comfort.

The attentive design that defines Collection45’s exterior extends inside. The in-suite washer and dryer are discreetly hidden behind sleek cabinetry. European inspired kitchen designs blend modern appliances and cabinetry with the room’s contours and contemporary decor. Well thought out kitchen layouts focus on functionality and promote efficient cooking. Sculptural stainless steel AEG cooktops and wall ovens pair perfectly with wall-mounted upper cabinetry and a fully integrated Libherr refrigerator and Blomberg dishwasher create a seamless transition between kitchen and living space while minimalist, low profile Grohe faucets combine function and beauty.

In the bathrooms residents will find matte lacquer cabinetry paired with modern wall-mounted faucets. Classic white carrara gioia marble lines the floor and stretches into the showers and skirts the soaker tubs. A continuous ledge runs from sink to shower, offering convenient product storage and showers feature both rain and handheld showerheads.

Natural hardwood oak or ash floors anchor living spaces and 100% New Zealand Wool carpets complement each colour scheme. Each suite comes pre-wired for an in-suite security system. Residents will have floor specific fob access in the elevators. Each home is backed by a comprehensive 2/5/10 year warranty provided by National Home Warranty.[4]

Floor Plans

Bachelor suites range in size from 452 to 624 square feet with larger second level studio suites with an enclosed balcony on the south side. One bedroom apartments are around 581 square feet with a balcony are on the south side of the building and small two bedroom apartments have 775 square feet of space. There is one small two bedroom with a huge 1000+ square foot patio.

Most of the two bedrooms are 1000 to 1300 square feet and are referred to as “scissor suites”: 2 level, two bath, two bedroom suites with living spaces facing north and bedrooms facing south. Living spaces will stack on living spaces and bedrooms will stack on bedrooms. Fifth level “scissor suites” get the rooftop decks.[5]

Amenities

The building will have five ground level commercial/retail spaces that will house GBL architects new office. a coffee shop, a spa and a yoga business.

A local artist shop will take the northeast retail space. All the suites (except for bachelor suites) at Collection 45 come with parking.

There will be no external storage lockers available as all suites will have in unit storage, but the building will have bike storage.

Amenities at Collection45 will be simple with only a lounge room overlooking the common courtyard and no fitness facilities for residents. However, this will result in lower maintenance fees projected to be around $0.37/sf.


Bylaws

Collection 45 Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No


Collection 45 will be a pet friendly building and will allow residents of all ages.

There are no restrictions on rental of units.

Sustainability

Collection 45 was designed in conjunction with the City of Vancouver Green Initiative Program resulting in rooftop green space that provides added insulation to the roof and helps with storm water retention and the reuse of water throughout the building.

Convenience is abundant nearby with eight transit routes within one block of the building with another 11 routes within one kilometre. Many shops and restaurants are also within walking distance of the building. [6]


Trivia

Sarah McLachlan
  • The building will be home to Art Studio 45. In partnership with the Vancouver Contemporary Art Gallery, Art Studio 45 will host one artist for one year in the space. The studio will provide 900 square feet of ground-level space allocated rent-free for 12 months for a visual artist. That individual will be selected by an independent jury. If all goes well, a new artist will rotate through the unit every 12 months.[7]
  • Local cultural amenities include singer/songwriter Sarah McLaughlin’s Music Outreach Studio
  • Mount Pleasant is home to a number of artists and writers, including CBC personalities Ian Hanomansing and Tod Maffin, The Tyee editor David Beers and documentary filmmaker Peter W. Klein.


References

  1. BC Condos
  2. Wikipedia
  3. Collection 45 Website
  4. Collection 45 Features
  5. Mike Stewart
  6. Walkscore
  7. Globe and Mail


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