Vancouver Prison Reborn as New Apartments

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It’s no secret that Vancouver is facing a housing crunch – with demand for homes and apartments far outstripping supply, especially among low-income residents. Now, officials have come up with an especially creative solution.

A former prison in the heart of the city’s Downtown Eastside has been transformed into a complex of nearly 100 new apartments.

The Vancouver Remand Centre at 250 Powell St. once held some of the province’s most notorious criminals as they awaited trial. The 400-bed facility was closed in 2002 and, up until recently, sat empty and unused – a vacant concrete hull near the heart of the city. Continue reading:
Vancouver Prison Reborn as New Apartments

7-Storey-High Apartment Tower Made of Shipping Containers Coming to Vancouver

Photo credit: steve gibson | Wikimedia Commons

Photo credit: steve gibson | Wikimedia Commons

If you’ve ever walked by Vancouver’s port, you’ve probably seen those multicoloured stacks of shipping containers soaring into the sky like giant Lego blocks.  Now how would you like to live in a condo tower made entirely of those containers?

Vancouver may soon be home to the tallest shipping container structure in North America – a 7-storey, 71-foot-high building to serve as social housing in the Downtown Eastside.  The 26-unit structure, proposed by the non-profit Atira Women’s Resource Society, would use approximately 90 shipping containers and would be erected on the corner of Hastings and Hawk Streets, according to a Globe and Mail article by Francis Bula.

While easily the tallest structure of its kind in the city, the building wouldn’t be the first. Continue reading:
7-Storey-High Apartment Tower Made of Shipping Containers Coming to Vancouver

Are Giant Gazebo Homes Coming to Vancouver Backyards?

Photo sourced from megazebo.com

Photo sourced from megazebo.com

Would you want to live in a Megazebo?

Laneway houses – small, detached homes plopped down in the backyard – have become all the rage in Vancouver in recent years. Now, an inventor and designer is adding a new architectural twist to the mix: an oversized, two-bedroom gazebo.

The Megazebo is a prefabricated, octagonal home – an eight-sided, 1,000-square-foot steel structure that can be partitioned off into multiple rooms, according to an article by Shelley Fralic in the Vancouver Sun.  Construction costs are around $50,000, and it can be accessorized with a ceramic tile roof, wraparound summer sun screen and even a miniature wind turbine for generating electricity.

The result is an oversized, space-age looking gazebo.  And while none of these Megazebos have actually been built in Vancouver, you may be seeing some soon if creator Denis Braun has his way.  An entrepreneur and designer, Braun is looking for a Vancouver homeowner to host the city’s first Megazebo.  And he’ll even pay for its construction.

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Are Giant Gazebo Homes Coming to Vancouver Backyards?

Vancouver Gets Progressive with Affordable Condos Downtown

OK.  We all know Vancouver’s a fantastic city.   We also know that it’s not an especially cheap one.   It’s not that food, transit or entertainment costs any more than in comparable cities.  Instead, it’s the cost of buying an apartment or home in Vancouver – and especially downtown – that has become a bit of an issue lately.

Which is why I wanted to highlight a really unique new residential project that’s in development on the edge of the Gastown neighbourhood, right in the heart of the Downtown Eastside.   This is a bit of a departure from my posts on restaurants and events around town, but I think that having a diverse mix of people is just as important to the city’s rich culture.

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Vancouver Gets Progressive with Affordable Condos Downtown