NEWS
BCA SUPPORTS VANCOUVER DESIGN WEEK
Bruce Carscadden Architect is a proud funding sponsor of Vancouver's first Design Week. We'll also be working to bring you studio tours and building tours throughout the week.

And don't forget: Ian is speaking at Pecha Kucha Night Vol. 34 on September 18 as part of VDW and Glen at the Vancouver Heritage Foundation on September 17th.

Follow Vancouver Design Week on Twitter and on Instagram, both at @vandesignwk .

VANDERHOOF AQUATIC CENTRE
Marching ever forward with the schematic design of the Vanderhoof Aquatic Centre. Stay tuned for details and updates as they come, and beware the T-Rex! ROAR!


PRIVATE RESIDENCE
Our recent efforts with local friends and clients are on the cover of ecoHouse. Make Room For Density is a proposal for densification in established Vancouver neighbourhoods that largely maintains the existing urban fabric and plays nicely with neighbours.

A special thanks to Sham Sthankiya for the glamour shots and letting Alexis live out his dream as a model!

The clients are a young couple with high aspirations and a limited budget. The most significant architectural operation has been to lift the second floor several feet and raise the first floor slab to grade, yielding an on-grade entry and rear deck as well a first floor interior that is transformed from a mean-spirited six feet to nine feet in height.

The space is sculpted to follow the contours of the landscape outside and cleared of interior partitions to make a large living space that works for a young modern couple, mixing living with eating and cooking. Large expanses of glass both front and rear will drive light and air deeper into the house than previously, improving not only the livability of the house, but also it’s relationship to the street and park to the rear.



MOVE IN DAY FOR 564 BEATTY
So the new tenants are moving into 564 Beatty Street. The building is overflowing with white collars, hoddies, and work boots as lawyers, IT staff, and construction firms settle in to their new digs.

But you probably only care about Chambar and Medina. Don't worry, they're setting up shop on the ground and plaza floors and will also have that rarest of commodities in Vancouver: a south-facing patio. Score!




ROOM FOR A VIEW
The groundbreaking and award winning Burn's Block Microlofts at 18 West Hastings are breaking new ground again. Construction of a communal living room on the roof of the building is nearing completion which will offer panoramic views of the City. With this addition, Reliance Properties offers another new prototype which explores and challenges the notions of "amenity" in small footprints. Just as the Microloft prototype has been repeated, perhaps this addition can be considered an example to others in the City to add amenity to urban living.




CHAMBAR IS MOVING TO 564 BEATTY ST
Recently announced by Scout Magazine, the popular and renowned restaurant Chambar is moving to 564 Beatty St.
The best news is that we get to help! Watch for the exciting new space in 2014, and in the meantime, enjoy the rugged,
in progress construction photo by Sham Sthankiya.




BRANDON YMCA OPENING
Construction has completed on the $15 million Dood Cristall Family YMCA project in Brandon Manitoba. The Grand Opening is scheduled for Monday August 26, so if you find yourself in this beautiful prairie city, drop by for a slide.




GO NORTH, YOUNG ARCHITECTS!
'Sovereignty' is not a word frequently used by architects. But Canada is a country defined by The North and our sovereignty depends on its occupation and stewardship. Architecture is central to that operation, and so we were thrilled and honoured to be selected together with Stantec Architecture Ltd. to work with the City of Iqaluit on their new community aquatic centre. Expect the updates to come fast and furious!




EVERY DAY WE'RE CYCLING
HUB's Spring 2013 Bike to Work Week has come to a close, and for the ninth time in a row, we came out on top!
Congratulations to all the other winners and riders. We're proud to be a part of cycling revolution in Vancouver.




CARSCADDEN THRIFT BOOK LAUNCH
Our recently completed monograph Carscadden Thrift is now available! Published by BlueImprint, you can order online at Indigo/Chapters or, better yet, visit our friend Anne at vancouver special or Boyd at The Wilder Snail to pick up a copy.

And, for those of you who came to the Book Launch on May 2, thanks for stopping in to say hi! Thanks especially to Brian Wakelin, Bill Pechet, and Dean Goodman for their kind words about our work - and an extra special thank-you to Jim Nichols for penning the essay that begins the book.

Top right photo credit: Ash Tanasiychuk


BEFORE AND AFTER
A couple of iPhone snapshots of the lobby and conference rooms at 808 Nelson before and after the recent renovation illustrates the dramatic transformation. More images will be posted on the Projects Page when they are available.




BCA'S NEWEST PARTNER - IAN ROSS MCDONALD
We're delighted to announce Ian's new position as Partner at Bruce Carscadden Architect. Ian came to work with us following several years with Hughes Condon Marler : Architects and graduate studies at the University of British Columbia where he distinguished himself by earning the Alpha Ro Chi bronze medal in Architecture. Prior to studying architecture, Ian studied mathematics and economics at the University of Toronto and worked as a Data Analysis for Angus Reid and Ipsos-Reid.

Ian's work with BCA includes the Lieutenant Governor medal winning Swalwell Park Pavilion, as well as the Winfield Arena. Recent and current work has included feasibility research for the Town of Aldergrove and City of Kamloops, the City of Surrey's new Youth/Skate Park and the top-prize winning Bridge Housing competition entry for the Vancouver's reTHINK Housing competition. Ian was also instrumental in the publication of our forthcoming monograph, Carscadden Thrift, due this spring.

So welcome, Ian. We're looking forward to our continued shared success!

Bruce Carscadden Architect is a design studio in Vancouver, British Columbia.
In a discipline characterized by attention to detail, we pride ourselves in being unusually obsessive without ever losing track of the things that matter: people, place, and play.





WRECK BEACH WASHROOMS OPEN
The new Wreck Beach Washrooms are open! Don't let the changing season keep you from visiting Canada's most famous nude beach and enjoying the washrooms as intended: au naturel.




AWARDS FOR MICROLOFTS AT BURNS BLOCK
Canada's smallest apartments will now need to set aside a little space for some hardware.

REAL ESTATE BOARD OF GREATER VANCOUVER COMMERCIAL BUILDING AWARD FOR RENTAL / AFFORDABLE HOUSING

HERITAGE BC HERITAGE CONSERVATION AWARD OF HONOUR

URBAN DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE AWARD FOR BEST AFFORDABLE HOUSING

VANCOUVER REGIONAL CONSTRUCTION ASSOCIATION AWARD OF EXCELLENCE FOR HERITAGE RESTORATION

TREEHUGGER.COM BEST OF GREEN DESIGN READER'S CHOICE AWARD

Photo credit: Richard Lam // Tenant in photos: Andrea Wong.


A POOL HAS HOW MANY TILES?!?
Selecting tiles for an aquatic centre is no small task. While considering slip resistance, cleanability, health regulations, shapes, sizes and fun colours; a modern aquatic centre can easily require fifty or more different types of tiles to complete the facility. A sample of some of the various tile assemblies were constructed for the upcoming YMCA in Brandon Manitoba to help the team and client choose which fifty of the hundreds of available tiles suited the project best.

Can you find the finger grip pool edge tile which is specifically created to help people get out of the deep end of a pool?





BRIDGE HOUSING RADIO INTERVIEW
Looking for a bit more on Ian's re:THINK Housing Competition entry? Well look no further.

♫ SimiSara.mp3

Ian was one of the lead interviews on Simi Sara's show Tuesday afternoon and he had a chance to elaborate on his proposal. You can download the whole show here or just listen to Ian's interview with the player above while contemplating the submission panels a little further down. Enjoy!


IAN ROSS MCDONALD WINS AWARD OF EXCELLENCE FOR BRIDGE HOUSING
We're proud to announce that Ian Ross McDonald from our office was awarded the "Grand Prize" for Vancouver's re:THINK Housing Competition. Ian's submission is below, and you can download a high-res copy here. You can also check out the other winning entries here, and the Vancouver Sun has a nice article. Like all good urbanites, we love spacing magazine, and we're looking forward to their article in the fall.

Congratulations to everyone who entered!



UBC CHEMISTRY BIKE SHELTERS
We're super-stoked to report that UBC Transportation Planning's Bike Shelters at UBC are done and once the racks are installed, will be ready for use. It's a project that makes more sense through movement, so check out the video below.


MICROLOFTS IN NEW YORK
The Microlofts at 18 West Hastings respond to a need for small, affordable housing units in pricey Vancouver. New York City is famously expensive as well, and now a project like the Microlofts is being planned for New York City. Mayor Bloomberg released yesterday a Request for Proposals for the adAPT NYC Pilot Program. It's nice to see New York following Vancouver's lead.




2012 MASONRY DESIGN AWARD WINNER
On May 17, we were surprised and delighted to learn that Ambleside Fieldhouse was a recipient of a 2012 Masonry Design Award from the Masonry Institute of BC. This project was selected due to the commitment to the renovation and revitalization of the original concrete block building including the addition of finely crafted and beautiful granite wall that now faces the fields.




RECREATION SPECULATION
What is it that architects do in the end, but offer speculations about the use of space?

Presently, we are working with a municipal client to clarify their ambitions for a significant regional park. The site's geography is defined by a network of abandoned ponds, small lakes, and brooks. Highly valued in its present state by the local community, the project's scope is to frame debate for the park's future use and clarify the demanding environmental concerns.

Central to the park's future is its relationship to the Abbotsford-Summas Aquifer. The drawings below imagine a scenario where the built recreation facilities have a biomimetic relationship to the aquifer - supplying, cleaning, and restoring it over time - while simultaneously providing for the established cultural and recreational activities desired by the surrounding communities.



MICROLOFTS AT BURNS BLOCK CONTINUE TO PIQUE INTEREST
Since December 19, 2011; when the Micro-lofts at 18 West Hastings St were officially presented to the media, a lively and interesting debate was generated at Grist , Tiny House Blog , Mother Nature Network , The National Post , CBC

In the wake of the debate, two articles have been written which more deeply investigate the architectural and contextual issues surrounding this project. See what Adele Weder writing for the Globe and Mail and Sean Ruthen writing for Spacing Vancouver have to say.



REGULATORY RESEARCH
Here at Carscadden Labs, where the future is being made today, our architectural work continues to be framed by research that aspires to understand our position within the broad sweep of legislative change and our collective cultural ambitions. This diagram illustrates a model framework that includes key issues and forces that framed recent speculative work. Significantly, it identifies the dynamic relationships between legislation, technology, and scale along a spectrum of sustainability.





BCA COMPLETES climatesmart 2011 AND EYES IMPROVEMENTS FOR 2012
We recently completed our training sessions and inventory through a generous scholarship from Metro Vancouver and the local Strathcona Business Improvement Association. Through the informative and engaging process we measured our office production at 20.62 tonnes of GHG in 2010.
We are currently working on our reduction strategies, and hope to reduce our emissions by half by 2013.



IMPROVEMENTS FOR 2012

Road Transportation - 25% of Emissions
With the recent implementation of a dedicated office vehicle, our commitment to encourage bicycle and transit commuting has resulted in 100% office participation. Your office can find support with Bike to Work Week and the ICBC Commuter Challenge.

Air Transportation - 40% of Emissions
Obviously, substituting travel with web conferencing such as GoToMeeting can produce dramatic results. In some cases, less carbon intensive ground transportation can be substituted for air transportation (especially when projects are near BC Interior ski locations!) Otherwise, we intend to purchase Carbon Offset Credits on all business related flights.

Paper Consumption - 25% of Emissions
Who knew that 25% of our carbon production comes from paper use? What can we do?
We can use 100% recycled paper (25% fewer emissions than 40% recycled paper), utilize greener options at printers such as TR Trades, and utilize digital file transfer such as Dropbox and services offered by Digital Plan Rooms.


BITTER TASTING ROOM OPENS AT 16 WEST HASTINGS
Sean Heather and Scott Hawthorn's BItter Tasting Room has opened at 16 West Hastings - the retail storefront below the recently completed Microlofts at 18 West Hastings St . According to their website, "At Bitter, we want you to join us on a journey to a time when Vancouver had a bustling beer culture."




PENTICTON AQUATIC CENTRE WINS SILVER
The Penticton Aquatic Centre was recently announced a VRCA 2011 Award of Excellence Silver Winner. The Journal of Commerce and Penticton Western News explain some of the reasons why.



STEVESTON CAPTURES THE SUN
The Steveston Community Park has completed upgrades to take advantage of a new rooftop Solar Evacuated Tubes to contribute to the heating of the outdoor water spray park. This practical, small project points to Richmond's continued commitment to improving the energy performance of their community assets.



WHY GLASS LOCKERS?
Renfrew Community Pool features the first glass and aluminum lockers in Canada - but why glass? These European style lockers feature glass fronts and aluminum uni-body interiors which significantly reduce the opportunities for corrosion - a maintenance albatross for aquatic staff at every pool. The glass front offer better security over their steel counterparts as steel can be quietly bent to allow access whereas the glass will only shatter - a noisy and dramatic deterrent. And the colour options are endless!



POLSON PARK PAVILION
There are two kinds of moments in a project's life that architects like. The project-under-construction is kind of romantic in a ruin kind of way. It's the evidence that we can affect the world, however violently. That's one kind of satisfaction. The other moment is the project-just-finished, so weren't we delighted when to receive this photograph this morning. Looks like they just have to patch and repair the pitch, but it's not a shabby way to start a Friday...





BICYCLE WRAPS
We're into bikes and cool things (We're hipsters at heart.) Plain metal bike lockers aren't really a cool thing, so we're enjoying making utilitarian bike lockers cool for UBC Transportation Planning. Here's a peek at our thought process: