Freesia

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1082 Seymour Street, Vancouver, BC

Freesia
Freesia-Vancouver-Exterior.jpg

An exterior shot of Freesia in Vancouver
Building Information
Developer Magellen 20/20
Architect Lawrence Doyle Young + Wright Architects
Management Company Rancho
Number of Units 185
Number of Floors 18
Year Built 2006
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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1082 Seymour Street, Vancouver, BC
Distance to Public Transit Closest bus stop is 0.15 kilometres away
Region Vancouver
Municipality Vancouver
Zoning DD
Title of Land Strata


Contents

Background

There is no doubt that urban development can greatly change an area, with a prime example of this phenomenon in action being Vancouver's Yaletown district. Formerly an industrial mecca decades ago, the arrival of the 1986's World Fair saw it rapidly transform into the chic neighbourhood it is today.

The main entrance
While admittedly the current development going on around Seymour Street in Vancouver is not quite on the same scale as it was a few decades ago, it is a safe assumption that it is still shifting the area towards the better. Freesia is one of the more recent developments in the neighbourhood, and it does an excellent job of exemplifying all the qualities that the urban planners want the region to exhibit.

Constructed in 2006, Freesia is a 18 floor building with 185 units available for sale or rent.[1] It was developed by the uniquely named Magellen 20/20, and the design duties were handled by Lawrence Doyle Young + Wright Architects, a Vancouver based firm of some repute.

Though its single greatest point of appeal may stem from its location on Seymour Street, the amenities that Freesia has to offer should not be overlooked; it, like every other building of its standard, has a variety of features designed to make life easier on its residents, even if only by a little bit at a time.



Location

The nearby Yaletown/Brighouse SkyTrain station

Located on 1082 Seymour Street, Freesia finds itself in the heart of the aforementioned Yaletown region. Saying that it is vastly different now then it was then is a tremendous understatement, with the rail yards and warehouses that formerly filled the area having been replaced with all the ingredients for a hip neighbourhood with a reputation for an excellent nightlife; bars, lounges, coffee shops, and more can all be found in Yaletown.

There are, of course, a number of shopping opportunities as well, along with a fine selection of restaurants, with a wide range of cuisine being represented.[2]

Running daily errands will not be at all troublesome at Freesia, as many of the nearby stores and services are within easy walking distance. In addition, the city's excellent transit system has a large number of possible connections nearby Freesia, with 51 bus options and three SkyTrain stations being in the general vicinity of the building, making it an easy task to travel in the Lower Mainland even if one does not own or have access to a vehicle.[3]

Construction

An example of a living room

Designed by Lawrence Doyle Young + Wright Architects, Freesia is an aesthetically pleasing structure that nevertheless follows the design paradigms set by its neighbours, being a traditionally constructed concrete building that is equipped with a full rain screen for Vancouver's unpredictable weather.

Freesia's base design has a tower extending from the end of a long horizontal base. Though many other condominiums share the same general appearance, the architects took measures to ensure that Freesia would still manage to be visually distinct. The most obvious one would be the difference in finishes between the base and the tower, with the base being finished primarily in brick and the tower portion possessing a lighter colour scheme that complements the increased number of windows.

Both sections have their appearances further enhanced with a smattering of dark metal accents, which are meant to accentuate the surrounding details instead of drawing attention to themselves. The sum total of these design choices is an air of confident refinement, the sense that Freesia's appearance, though not loud, can easily stand on its own merits.


Layout and Features

The 185 units offered at Freesia come in a variety of configurations; one bedroom units, two bedroom units, and town homes. For a quick size comparison, the one bedroom examples range from 501 to 710 square feet, the two bedroom examples range from 775 to 933 square feet, and the loft town homes on the street level range from 838 to 1085 square feet.

Freesia's residences are well equipped, featuring standard options such as granite counter tops in the kitchen and bathroom, in-suite laundry, stainless steel appliances, and spacious balconies.[4] Also of particular note are the concrete walls in the bedrooms of Freesia, referred to by the designers as 'Structural Acoustic Barriers' - these are meant to deaden noise for the sake of increased privacy, a nice touch to be sure.


Floor Plans

Unfortunately, the links to the free floor plans that were once available for viewing are no not operating.

Luckily for curious parties, there is footage on YouTube that still manages to showcase the building's features and highlights, giving the viewer a good glimpse at Freesia up close.

[5] - View video from "References Section" at the bottom of this page.

Amenities

Some of Freesia's amenities are listed below:

  • Bike room
  • Concierge
  • Rooftop garden
  • Fitness centre
  • Secured parking



Bylaws

Freesia Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No
Barbecues Yes



  • Rentals are allowed
  • Freesia is pet-friendly
  • There is no age restriction in place
  • Barbecues are allowed

Sustainability

Even though sustainability has become more and more of a priority as the 2000s have developed, there are still some buildings that do not address the issue, with Freesia being one of them.

A curiosity to be sure, as many structures built around the same time period usually possess, at the very least, energy efficiency measures such as dual glazed windows or heating systems that use less electricity.

In lieu of those, however, residents can reduce their carbon footprint by taking action themselves, should they be so inclined. For instance, they might consider starting to recycle even if the building does not sponsor a program, as it is an excellent way to reduce excess garbage.

Another possibility is using Vancouver transit more instead of driving, assuming that this is possible and not too much of an inconvenience.


Trivia

  • The proposal for Freesia's development was approved almost immediately by Vancouver's Urban Design Panel and the City of Vancouver's Development Permit Board, a fairly unusual occurrence
  • Yaletown's name stems from inhabitants of a town called Yale following the burgeoning Canadian Pacific Railway to Vancouver and settling in an area close to the rail yards, and the obvious name eventually came to the forefront and stuck
  • There are still a few buildings from Yaletown's first incarnation still present as heritage buildings
  • Other works by Magellen 20/20 include Parkwest and West One in Vancouver


References

  1. BC Condos - Freesia
  2. Wikipedia - Yaletown
  3. Walk Score
  4. 6717000 - Freesia
  5. Freesia on Youtube


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