Affordable Passive House Apartments Planned for East Van

We are happy to announce a new affordable passive house apartment building planned for East Vancouver. We are proud to be working with the Vancouver Affordable Housing Agency (VAHA), Community Land Trust and New Commons Development on this project, Architecture is by ZGF.

The project was featured in Urban YVR:

Kingsway and Windsor in East Vancouver will soon see the addition of a 12-storey apartment building with 88 social housing units.

All the homes are rental and will be offered at below market rental rates.

The new building at 1001 Kingsway will be built to Passive House standards and consists of a six-storey podium mass and a six-storey tower, made up of panelized and mass timber construction.

Read the full article here.


Distillery District Tower at DRP

ASPECT is thrilled to work with the team on the mass timber portion of this new development in the Distillery District.

proposal for the development of a 29-story tower with a “heritage feel” and timber interior that creates the feeling of an old industrial warehouse.

Two developers and two design firms have come together to collaborate in this effort: DreamCityscapeShoP Architects and Quadrangle.

Read the full article on BlogTO.com

 

ASPECT'S contribution will be:

On the inside of "The Ribbon", mass timber construction is being considered for its warm feel—the use of a timber structural system could add a historical aspect by replicating the common structural system of Toronto's old industrial warehouses, while simultaneously adding a contemporary aspect by joining a growing roster of new buildings in Toronto using mass timber following the recent changes to the Ontario Building Code.

Read the full article on urbantoronto.ca

Image: Rendering looking west along the Ribbon, image courtesy of Dream and CityScape.

 


Aspect Opens New Toronto Office

We are super excited to announce the opening of our Toronto office at 200-53 Jarvis Street. Aspect TO will help us better serve our clients and projects on the east coast, and allows us to bring a fresh structural perspective to an amazing city.


Big Ideas for Small Lots NYC Submission

Big Ideas for Small Lots NYC. We are super excited about our teams's submission! Fingers crossed!
With INC_A & Spiritos Properties

Big Ideas for Small Lots NYC is a two-stage design competition for small-scale, urban infill housing. The competition is organized by the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) and the American Institute of Architects New York (AIANY), and seeks to address the challenges associated with the design and construction of affordable housing on underutilized City-owned land.

Learn more about Big Ideas for Small Lots NYC

 


Malahat Summit Skywalk

We are excited to announce a proposed project on the Malahat Summit, an elevated ‘Skywalk’ with a 40-metre spiral viewing tower. It has been featured on Global News:

“Inspired by our exploration of elevated forest walks in Europe, we want to bring the concept of an accessible, environmentally sound and culturally significant tourism experience to Vancouver Island,”

A.Spire by Nature Principal David Greenfield

 

“The Malahat Skywalk is a project that our Nation is proud to partner on. Not only is it a tourism experience that speaks to sustainability and the connection to our land, but it will also provide opportunities for many generations of the Malahat Nation to come,”

Malahat Coun. George Harry Jr.

 

Click here to view the full article and video.


2019 Environmental Performance Award Winner

The Wood Innovation Research Lab (WIRL) winner of the 2019 Environmental Performance Award BC Wood Design Awards!

Featured on naturally:wood website – The Wood Innovation Research Lab (WIRL) at the University of Northern British Columbia is a space to test state-of-the-art building systems.

Project Overview
The Wood Innovation Research Lab (WIRL) at the University of Northern British Columbia gives students and researchers much needed space to test state-of-the-art building systems. The WIRL is noteworthy in that it is the first industrial building in North America certified to rigorous Passive House energy standards. Certified Passive House buildings use up to 90 per cent less energy for heating and cooling and up to70 per cent less energy overall compared with standard buildings.

Wood Use
The WIRL is a single-storey mass timber structure, composed of glue laminated timber (glulam) columns and beams on a concrete raft slab foundation. The building is 10-metres in height and consists of high-head lab space, classrooms and office space. The 10-metre tall wall panels are framed with prefabricated 0.5-metre thick upright wood trusses. Sheet goods used to sheathe the floors, roof and wall assemblies were left exposed to provide the interior finish for the lab portion of the building.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-XNY2zUX_HI

This building has caught the attention of Passive House researchers around the world because it demonstrates how an industrial structure, constructed with wood, in a northern climate exceeds a rigorous, internationally recognized energy efficiency standard.

Dr. Guido Wimmers, Chair/Associate Professor
Engineering Graduate Program, UNBC

 

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Sea to Sky Gondola Tree Walk

We are happy to announce the Sea to Sky Gondola Tree Walk, an elevated tree walk that spirals 34 metres into the sky. It has been featured on Global News.

“The tree walk will preserve, connect and enhance access to natural areas while protecting environmentally-sensitive areas.”

Sea to Sky Gondola general manager Kirby Brown

The Sea to Sky Gondola’s planned elevated tree walk is envisioned to be an accessible outdoor recreation structure comprised of an elevated boardwalk which meanders through the tree tops and over natural features, eventually leading to a timber viewing tower. The boardwalk is over 700 feet long and up to 75 feet above the forest floor. A gently sloped ramp winds its way up the tower to provide an unparalleled view of the surrounding mountains and Howe Sound, making this structure not only unique to North America, but the world!

Click here to view the full article and video