The Lauren – Comox and Broughton

Lauren 1The Lauren is the first rental tower to be added to the West End in decades. Designed by Henriquez partners for Westbank Peterson, the tower replaced St. John’s United Church, a 1981 structure that was sold by the church authorities in 2009.

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Alexandra – Davie Street

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Alexandra replaces a really nondescript retail unit on the corner of Davie and Maxine’s, a former beauty parlour that later became a restaurant. Maxine’s is still there, sort of, with some of the facade retained and repaired. On the lower floors of the building are rental apartments, and there are condos in the remaining part of the 19 storey tower, designed by Henriquez Partners Architects.

Before images 2009, after images 2013.

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Safeway – Robson Street

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Kasian Architects replacement Robson and Denman Safeway store has a much more dramatic street presence than the cramped, tired, suburban box it replaced. The supermarket is on the second level, there are two banks and a few parking stalls on the main level, and the surface parking lot disappeared.

Before images 2007; after images 2009

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