LENDscape no.2 ; Humanizing Density for Semiahmoo
The form and character of the project is founded on the principles of light, space, and adaptation - providing equitable access to sunlight, generous public and private outdoor space, and the ability to change ones dwelling to fit their life-style are fundamental to the inhabitants of increasingly denser urban areas. As the building rises, each unit steps northward, allowing for suburban-sized gardens which are angled to allow penetration of the sun's light and warmth. Units can be sold individually or as two storey shells to allow for maximum flexibility. Many units are zoned as live/work and these businesses can be accessed from the public plaza.
The public plaza operates as a connective membrane, reaching out to the surrounding city and extending into the new public amenities, which rise from the plaza as a vertical stack extending up to, and supporting, the residential block. The surface treatment of the plaza extends onto the adjacent portion of 152nd Street. This enables a space in the city, which is generally committed to the movement of traffic, to seamlessly become part of the public plaza during larger events - essentially, people take over the street. Similarly, the plaza flows directly into two levels of the community centre, connecting the plaza to these interior public spaces. Continuing up to the roof level and, via elevator to the gallery level, the plaza draws people directly to the commercial/retail components of the residential block.
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