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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

999 Seymour in Vancouver, British Columbia by Acton Ostry Architects

 
August 30th, 2015 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Acton Ostry Architects

Located at the crossroads of the Yaletown Neighbourhood, the Granville Street Entertainment District, and the Business District of Downtown Vancouver, 999 Seymour is an 11,600 square metre, 22-storey mixed-use development with commercial space on the first two levels, a shared gym for residential and commercial tenants on the 3rd level, residential and commercial spaces from the 4th to 7th levels, and 15 levels of residential units above.

Seymour & Nelson, Image Courtesy © Michael Elkan

Seymour & Nelson, Image Courtesy © Michael Elkan

  • Architects: Acton Ostry Architects
  • Project: 999 Seymour
  • Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • Photography: Michael Elkan
  • Client: Townline Group of Companies
  • Services: prime consultant, full architectural services, sustainability coordination
  • Construction start:  June 2012
  • Completion: December 2014 
  • Gross Floor Area: 125,000 ft2 (11,613 m2)
  • Contractor: Townline Holding

south façade, Image Courtesy © Michael Elkan

south façade, Image Courtesy © Michael Elkan

  • Program: approximately 125,000 square feet of mixed-use in 22storeys, including 134 residential units, 24,000 square feet of commercial and ground floor retail with 5 levels of underground parking
  • Principal-in-charge: MarkOstry,ARCHITECT AIBC AAA SAA OAA FRAIC
  • Project Lead: Andrew WeyrauchMArch BA LEED AP
  • Structural Engineer: Weiler Smith Bowers (WSB) Consulting Structural Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineer: Integral Group (Formerly Cobalt Group)
Seymour & Nelson ground, Image Courtesy © Michael Elkan

Seymour & Nelson ground, Image Courtesy © Michael Elkan

Creating a harmonious relationship between commercial and residential uses was a key consideration for the project. The commercial and residential uses each have unique, separate entrances.

north façade, Image Courtesy © Michael Elkan

north façade, Image Courtesy © Michael Elkan

Seymour view north, Image Courtesy © Michael Elkan

Seymour view north, Image Courtesy © Michael Elkan

To further distinguish each use, the commercial two-storey podium base is oriented toward Seymour Street and reflects adjacent massing, whereas the slender, articulated residential tower component is oriented toward Nelson Street.

dusk, Image Courtesy © Michael Elkan

dusk, Image Courtesy © Michael Elkan

evening, Image Courtesy © Michael Elkan

evening, Image Courtesy © Michael Elkan

The 134 studio, one- and two-bedroom units, range between 46 square metres to 110 square metres and feature sliding glass wall systems and over-sized balconies. The south-facing facade features continuous balconies with moveable, perforated anodized aluminum sun screens and a vertical accent of vibrant green and blue translucent glass.

sliding screens exterior, Image Courtesy © Michael Elkan

sliding screens exterior, Image Courtesy © Michael Elkan

view, Image Courtesy © Michael Elkan

view, Image Courtesy © Michael Elkan

The deep balconies provide passive solar control, enhanced building envelope protection, increased privacy and a high degree of livability. Glazing at the north elevation is limited due to the proximity of a neighbouring building with openings located to maximize livability within the units.

sliding screens, Image Courtesy © Michael Elkan

sliding screens, Image Courtesy © Michael Elkan

balcony, Image Courtesy © Michael Elkan

balcony, Image Courtesy © Michael Elkan

The project features three large outdoor terraces with extensive planting, a BBQ and fireplace area, a multi-media room, social lounge, games area, a yoga studio and fitness centre and bike storage.

exterior, Image Courtesy © Michael Elkan

exterior, Image Courtesy © Michael Elkan

indoor-outdoor living, Image Courtesy © Michael Elkan

indoor-outdoor living, Image Courtesy © Michael Elkan

With a walking score of 100, commuters to and from 999 Seymour can conveniently access public transit, a nearby network of bike lanes or utilize an on-site car share program.

penthouse unit, Image Courtesy © Michael Elkan

penthouse unit, Image Courtesy © Michael Elkan

typical unit, Image Courtesy © Michael Elkan

typical unit, Image Courtesy © Michael Elkan

penthouse unit, Image Courtesy © Michael Elkan

penthouse unit, Image Courtesy © Michael Elkan

Image Courtesy © Acton Ostry Architects

Image Courtesy © Acton Ostry Architects

Image Courtesy © Acton Ostry Architects

Image Courtesy © Acton Ostry Architects

Image Courtesy © Acton Ostry Architects

Image Courtesy © Acton Ostry Architects

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