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Collaboration is an opportunity to forge a new path, whether it’s for creativity or practicality or both, and when all the components fit together, it can produce something extraordinary. the hawksley at Uplands in West Vancouver is the result of such collaboration. Two property developers with deep roots in West Vancouver have teamed up to build a unique multi-family project for the final phase of British Properties’ Rogers Creek master-planned community.
When Geoff Croll, chairman of British Pacific Properties (BPP), joined the company in 2006, he says there was pressure from the community to change the way BPP developed the hillside.
“Traditionally, it has been big houses, big lots and big views. What the community asked for was more housing diversity: different types of housing, smaller houses that were more affordable.
We wanted to protect more green spaces. The two things combined would mean we had to go vertical with apartment buildings and other multi-family forms and connect all the neighborhoods with a mountain pass system, similar to the valley trail in Whistler,” recalls Croll.
Since BPP’s developments have been primarily single-family projects, a partnership with Beedie Living was forged to accelerate the process of “going vertical.” Rob Fiorvento, Beedie’s managing partner, says the collaboration allows them to execute at a faster pace while maintaining quality. “I always say that we were at the dance for a long time with British Pacific Properties. They wanted to make sure that their partner had the same values and the same quality as them”, explains Fiorvento.
Hawksley is comprised of one- to three-bedroom condominiums in two eight- and 11-story towers, respectively, and includes seven ground-floor townhomes in the east building. Since there are fewer suites per floor, the floor plans are spacious, open, with modern floor-to-ceiling black-framed windows to maximize livability. Fiorvento says that while the buildings are smaller in scale, the units are larger (as are the outdoor spaces), of higher quality and designed specifically for the end user rather than the investor. Most of the homes face south, Fiorvento estimates 90 percent, giving them abundant natural light and spectacular views of the water and city beyond and in a setting that invites the outdoors.
The unique location was central to informing the design of the buildings, from the exterior architecture to the positioning of the suites in the building and the interior design. All elements reflect a distinctive West Coast aesthetic that Croll says is the next generation of modern West Coast architecture.
“West Coast Modern is really about blurring the lines between indoors and outdoors – embracing nature, embracing the open floor plan, light and natural materials like wood and stone,” says Croll.
Heather Howat of BattersbyHowat Architects, who designed the interiors, ensured that those materials were used throughout the suites in a cohesive way, resulting in calm, casual luxury.
“Much of the materiality and what we have chosen for the project has a subtly casual feel to it. It’s softer colors, softer finishes and softer textures,” says Howat.
She describes the look as “still sophisticated, but all the colors and tones should look like they came from nature.” The colors, she says, that homeowners will see when looking out their windows.
Howat opted for a combination of satin lacquer and wood finishes for the kitchen cabinets with a configuration that integrates all Miele appliances and Liebherr refrigerators, including the wine cellars on the islands. Custom millwork in the form of open shelving softens the minimalist feel and adds warmth to the kitchen, as does engineered wood flooring throughout.
“Nothing seems too formal even though everything is precisely designed and executed,” says Howat. “The informality comes from the deployment of materials in the kitchen, which is obviously the stone countertops and satin lacquer depending on which scheme you choose, and the wood veneer itself.”
Fiorvento says the type of millwork Howat designed for the show suite’s living room will be offered as an upgrade, but in response to buyer reactions to the luxury custom closet, Beedie plans to include them with the units.
“What we’re doing now is setting a high standard for cabinets… We had a great response from shoppers who walked by and said, ‘Oh my God, this is exactly how I want my cabinet.'” look,’” says Fiorvento.
Hawksley also has a separate amenity space called The Studio which Fiorvento says will be shared by everyone in the Uplands.
“It ranges from having a gym there, to an office area, to meeting or event spaces…beyond what you get in your building, which will be a dog wash, a bike repair shop, and a gym,” he says.
Fiorvento, adding that they have created a music space also for those who play instruments.
Ultimately, it is the carefully considered design for ease of habitability that defines Hawksley along with its magnificent setting.
“It’s nestled in nature,” says Croll. “He has unprecedented access to recreation. You are literally 12 minutes from the ski slope and 12 minutes from the beach. So if you want to go skiing in the morning and paddle surfing in the afternoon, it’s very doable.”
Project management: 3963 Uplands Way, West Vancouver
Project scope: A collection of spacious one- to three-bedroom residences located in two towers at British Properties, making it the final phase of the Rogers Creek master-planned community. The aesthetic is one of understated, informal luxury that is reflected in the materials, finishes, and appliances. Most of the units have views of the sea and the city or the natural surroundings.
Developers: Beedie Living in collaboration with British Pacific Properties
architects: Ramsay Worden Architects
Prices: Starting at $799,900
Sales center: 2989 Cypress Bowl Lane, West Vancouver
Sales Center Hours: Open from 12 to 5 pm every day except Friday
Sales phone: 604-202-1034
Occupation date: Estimated completion date is mid 2025
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