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256 East 2nd Avenue, Vancouver, BC


Jacobsen Rendering
Building Information
Developer Intracorp Projects Ltd.
Architect Christopher Bozyk
Number of Units 125
Number of Floors 6
Year Built 2009
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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256 East 2nd Avenue, Vancouver, BC
Distance to Public Transit Less than a block
Region Vancouver
Municipality Vancouver
Zoning IC-3
Title of Land Strata



Egg Chair

The name Jacobsen comes from Danish architect, Arne Jacobsen. Jacobsen invented various prototypes of furniture, textiles, wallpaper, silverware and furniture. His most famous invention was the egg chair.

The building is located in the Mount Pleasant neighborhood. The neighborhood originated because of a stream. The stream attracted a number of breweries between 1888 to 1912 and therefor this stream became known as Brewery Creek.

In 1897, there was a substantial increase in the mount pleasant population. It is thought to be Vancouver's first suburb.

Today, the area has over 23,000 people with many people over 65. [1]


North Shore Mountains

The building is located in the Mount Pleasant neighborhood.

Within walking distance is the Narrow Lounge restaurant, Kranky Cafe coffee, Urban Fare groceries, Guelph Park and the Nimbus school of recording. Due to the proximity to these conveniences, most daily errands do not require the use of a car.

Vancouver has an excellent transit system between buses, the SkyTrain subway system, and Seabus. It is easy to get from one end of the city to the other on the SkyTrain and then reach the specific destination with good bus connections. ONly one fare is required to use all modes of transit.

The area is relatively flat, and has bike lanes on all the main roads. This makes biking to work easy. It's a green alternative to driving and also avoids morning rush hour. [2]

Most restaurants and night clubs are located on Main Street, which is the commercial street of the neighborhood. There are nine parks in the area including China Creek North which has jogging trails and views of the North Shore Mountains. [3]


Jacobsen was constructed in 2009 with steel and concrete on a concrete perimeter foundation.

It features many patios, decks, terraces and roof terraces which aren't just for aesthetic purposes. By having green space, the atmosphere of the entire building feels more natural and the plants provided a better environmental quality.

The exterior is composed of wall to wall double glazed aluminum windows and concrete. The windows are designed to prevent excessive heat loss which reduced the need for heating and air conditioning. As a result, the energy bills are cheaper. [4]

Layout and Features

The building was designed by Christopher Bpzyk Architects Ltd.

The suites feature nine foot ceilings, polished concrete flooring, movable interior walls, balconies, deadbolt lock entry doors and roller blinds.

Kitchens are equipped with a refrigerator, glass cook top, stainless steel wall oven and a dishwasher. They feature a ceramic tiled back splash, white laminate cabinets, halogen under-cabinet lighting, composite quartz counter tops, a stainless steel sink with a leaver faucet and vegetable sprayer.

The bathrooms feature recessed halogen lighting, dual flush toilets, marble counter tops and back splash, wood veneer vanity, frame-less glass shower case, ceramic tiled shower splash, and frame-less vanity mirror.

The entire suite is wired with state of the art electronics, The is an in suite local area network, CAT wiring, a pre wired security system for the entry door, and pre-screening of the entry cameras. [5]

The maintenance fees cover garbage pickup, gardening, hot water, management, and the recreation facility.

Floor Plans



Amenities at Jacobson include:

  • Parking
  • Gym
  • Lounge
  • Workshop/Hobby Room
  • Amenity/meeting room
  • Secure underground bicycle room


Jacobsen Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes

  • No restriction on the number of pets [6]
  • Rentals are allowed


Although the building doesn't boast about the sustainable features it has, they do exist and they are notable.

The floors are a polished concrete which saves natural resources. By just using the structure as the finish, there is no need to invest additional time and materials into hardwood flooring and carpet. It gives the structure a multi-function, which is something many environmentally aware designers are doing.

Halogen lights were installed opposed to incandescent. This is much better environmentally as halogen bulbs have a longer life span and use less energy.

Jacobsen was designed in order to save both of our raw materials and our natural resources. This saves on cost and helps to conserve the environment.


Brewery Creek
  • 52% of people in Vancouver do not speak English as their first language
  • Mount Pleasant is the only community in Vancouver that developed around a creek
  • The only remaining original brewery in Mount Pleasant is from 1903 and was converted in 1993 into a studio
  • Main street was built to follow the path of Brewery Creek
  • Brewery Creek was the first piped water supply in Vancouver


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