“What really jumped out at us was really a real beach neighborhood.”

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No neighborhood in Vancouver embodies the West Coast seaside lifestyle better than Kitsilano. Although today the area is full of more upscale shops, restaurants and services than, say, when it was the hippie center of the counterculture in the 60s and 70s, it still retains its vibe. relaxed beach. And just as terroir is instrumental in creating a great wine or cultivating a specific food, a location informs a new architecture – that’s when the developer appreciates the site.

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“First and foremost, what drove us to the site, … (was) we saw it as a really great opportunity for one of our brands, whether it was food or drugs, on this corner (MacDonald and West Fourth Ave.),” observes Ray Bourbonnais, executive director of Hathstauwk Holdings Ltd, the property development and management arm of Vancouver-based HY Louie Group, owners of IGA, Fresh St. Market and London Drugs, among others.

The retail vision grew as the team spent more time on the site, Bourbonnais says, and they fell in love with the site for a variety of reasons, which inspired the responsive design. site for the stunning Kitsilano Block four-story residential and commercial structure.

Hathstauwk Holdings' Kitsilano Block features stylish interiors designed by CHIL Interior Design, in two distinct color palettes.
Hathstauwk Holdings’ Kitsilano Block features stylish interiors designed by CHIL Interior Design, in two distinct color palettes. Photo by Fourni

“Obviously it’s Kitsilano,” he says. “It’s iconic. Kitsilano Block, where the name comes from, is just the belief in the iconic nature of the neighborhood. When we sat down with MCM (Musson Cattell Mackey architects) and explored things, and we sat down with Magnum (marketing) what really jumped out at us was that this area really is a true beach district and from there we got an idea of ​​the top boutique hotels upscale Santa Monica and Malibu; all that beach lifestyle; all that West Coast beach living experience.

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To this end, the structure was imagined to maximize the indoor-outdoor living experience, which in turn amplifies the sense of spaciousness in interior spaces. All three floors of the 59 residential units – above the ground floor commercial space – are stepped or terraced to allow for large outdoor spaces and light-filled interiors, culminating in expansive terraces on the rooftop with stunning ocean and mountain views for penthouse units.

“Here again, (it) really plays on the West Coast boutique hotel look,” says Bourbonnais. “Unit progression was trying to maximize outdoor space and views.”

The beach boutique hotel theme is reflected in the sleek interiors designed by CHIL Interior Design, who crafted two aptly named palettes, Stone and Sand. The mix of open shelving and sleek slab cabinetry in the kitchen provides visual interest in the open-plan living space. Quartz is used liberally for the islands, counters and backsplashes for a chic and seamless look. Some islands in two-bedroom suites have built-in dining areas. Appliances are Miele, which include a built-in refrigerator and dishwasher, and a built-in microwave, all of which maintain the clean look of the room.
The boutique hotel aesthetic carries over to the bathrooms with large-format porcelain tiles on the walls and floors, under-lit floating vanities, undermount sinks, frameless glass showers, and mirrored cabinetry. pharmacy integrated with open shelves.

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Although most suites are two bedroom suites, there is also a selection of bedrooms and studios with inventive functionality that maximizes space and functionality. Movable wall systems magically transform spaces from studios to bedrooms and back to open plan spaces.

The Kitsilano block of Hathstauwk Holdings will have 59 residential units.
Profile of Hathstauwk Holdings’ Kitsilano block Westcoast Homes project. Credit: provided Photo by Fourni

“We tried to use innovative features that improve the quality of life of the spaces”, explains Bourbonnais. “During the day you can open the walls and you have a nice open space. At night you can lock it up and you have created your own room or two rooms. You take a smaller area, but make it more functional and livable by using wall systems. »

In line with the functionality optimization approach, the smaller units, which have linear kitchens, also have built-in counter space that can accommodate two people.

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Creating a building that complements and integrates with the neighborhood is integral to Hathstauwk’s good neighbor philosophy, as the company will maintain a presence in the commercial retail space.

“For us, it’s very important to integrate and be part of the community, of the neighborhood,” explains Bourbonnais. “It was very important to us when we thought about the design and the integration into the neighborhood and how the building and the architecture fit into the community… This is how we operate our businesses for generations. We are part of a community.

Kitsilano Block

Project address: 2765 West Fourth Avenue, Vancouver

Project scope: A collection of 59 studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom residences in the heart of Vancouver’s iconic Kitsilano Beach neighborhood. The building was designed to capitalize on the spectacular views offered from the location. Interiors include imaginative features to maximize the functionality of living spaces while evoking the aesthetic of boutique beach hotels.

Developers: Hathstauwk Holdings Ltd

Architects: Musson Cattell Mackey Partnership

Prices: From less than $800,000

Central sales: 2765 West Fourth Avenue, Vancouver

Sales center hours: 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily, except Friday

Sales phone: 236-427-5856

Website: kitsilanoblock.com

Occupancy date: Completion expected in 2024

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