More than a year since our last full update, and nearly all of the cladding and masonry work at the aptly named Brixton Flats has been completed. Finished in a two-toned mix of white brick and gold capped window frames, the 6-storey, 65-unit, apartment block has brought a decidedly late twentieth-century vintage aesthetic to the corner of Gore Ave and E Pender in the heart of Vancouver's historic Chinatown.
While 80's chic may not be everyone's cup of green tea, the development has garnered a lot of discussion on our Forum, ranging from mixed, to less than mixed, the arguably "dated" design brought down by a lack of outdoor space, a potential oversight when Vancouver's balmy-for-Canada year-round climate is taken into consideration.
Nevertheless, when compared to the large surface lot that once occupied the site, the injection of some much-needed rental stock into the core will be a net positive, no matter one's aesthetic sensibilities. Coming as well with a sizable ground floor retail component, as seen above, Brixton Flats will add a good deal of pedestrian vibrancy to the neighbourhood.
Viewed from within, the light, airy interior will be pleasing for most, the lack of balcony space made up for by the inclusion of ample sunlight, and over-sized windows. A mix of layouts will be available from micro all the way up to three-bedroom, with space left over for 34 cars and 77 bicycles.
|Related Companies:||Gair Williamson Architects, GMC Projects Inc.|