The Flats – East Georgia Street

The Flats 1

The Flats is an innovative condo building on nine storeys on a 25 foot wide lot. It features concertina shutters on the façade that filter the light and allow residents to have greater privacy, and they add a dramatic yellow splash into an otherwise brick coloured street.

The Flats 2Designed by Birmingham and Wood (with UBC’s Inge Roecker) the site the building sits on had been vacant for at least a decade. The first building on the site was the house built by D J McPhalen back when East Georgia was still called Harris Street.

Before images, 2011; after images 2014.


Collection 45

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As the name might suggest, there are 45 condo units in this 6-storey project in Mount Pleasant. Designed by GBL Architects, it includes a floor of commercial use that the architects have moved into themselves. It’s a simple colour palate of black and white; an alternative to the more colourful buildings that the same architects have been designing in the past few years.

It replaces a 2-storey office building from the early 1970s – one of the few spots where the zoning permits higher density residential development at the expense of a modest amount of commercial space.

Before image 2011; after image 2014

999 Seymour Street

999 Seymour ba

For as long as we can remember this site was a surface parking lot on the corner of Seymour and Nelson. There were once modest commercial buildings here, and before that, a century ago, houses.

Acton Ostry’s 22 storey office and condo tower for Townline complete development of the block on Seymour, and add some colour into the neighbourhood.

Before image 2008, After image 2014

Artemisia – Hornby Street

Artemisia before & after

A less than inspiring two storey office (and basement) building, dating back to 1954 has been replaced by a building that is, to say the least, different. We’re really not sure what it does look like – a new wing of the art gallery perhaps? – but it really doesn’t look like a typical 21-unit strata housing project. Boffo Developments built it “in consultation with James Schouw & Associates” – the initial proponent of the building five years ago, before a financial downturn saw a sale of the site, and then a relaunch with the new owners taking the lead. GBL Architects were the architects of record.

Before image, 2010; after image 2014


538 W7th 1

W T Leung designed this 51 unit condo project located on 7th Avenue just to the west of Cambie Street. The site sits between a non-market housing building, Glynn Manor, built over 10 years ago, and a commercial building that houses part of the Cancer Research Agency. Until a couple of years ago it was home to a car body repair business, Summer’s Auto Body, that hid behind a huge shrubbery.

Before image, 2011; after image 2014