The Standard

The Standard 1

The Standard is the first project completed under the City of Vancouver’s STIR program (Short Term Incentive for Rental). It’s a 10-storey building with 106 units over retail at 1138 Granville Street, completed in mid 2012. It was designed by Chris Dikeakos for Blue Sky Properties (a Bosa offshoot). It was built on a site that was surface parking for many years.

before images July 2010: after images April 2013

The Standard 2


Paris Block and Paris Annex

Paris block

The Paris Block was rebuilt at the end of 2008, with Gair Williamson’s conversion of the former home of Pierre Paris and Sons, boot makers and later orthotics specialists. Built as a traveller’s hotel, the Strathcona, by the early 2000s the building was deserted, sometimes squatted, and in a bad way. 

Paris Annex

Finally completed in mid 2012, the Paris Annex is a small (17 unit) 6-storey condo over retail that is joined to the adjacent heritage restoration of the former Strathcona Hotel, these days called the Paris Block. Also designed by Gair Williamson Architects the Annex is uncompromisingly contemporary, standing back (literally) to give the restored neighbour the street-front presence.

It replaced the Miller Block, a 2-storey building dating from 1947 that had an almost Art Deco feel with its unusual black and green facade.

Before images 2004; after images 2010 and 2012