A modern housing project in Strathcona that combines low-energy design and heritage revitalization has been awarded the top prize in the Urban Architecture category of the National Urban Design awards.
The Union Street EcoHeritage project was completed in July 2013 by Shape Architecture Inc. It was created to help address the multiple issues that plague Vancouver's housing market, including rising house prices, a growing population, and limited available land, while maintaining the Victorian and Edwardian structures that Strathcona is known for.
The LEED platinum-certified project sees two properties in the East Vancouver neighbourhood modified with carefully crafted additions. The additions offer an alternative approach to the systems of densification that are currently in place, while maintaining the stylisitic appeal of the heritage bulidings.
The National Urban Design awards are presented by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC), the Canadian Institute of Planners, and the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects. The intention behind the awards is to create more public and private awareness of the important role that urban design plays in Canadian cities.