As developers, we are dedicated to creating meaningful projects — building for life. To us, among the many facets with which the West End has established itself in the collective imagination, one cannot overlook the fact that it was once home to the City of Vancouver’s first upscale neighbourhood — elegant family mansions dating back to the 19th century. In this spirit of nostalgia, we believe there is also something very special about Canadian architect Richard Henriquez’s legacy in the West End, one that includes the iconic condominiums: Sylvia Tower, Eugenia Place & Presidio.
Recognized as a Member of the Order of Canada in 2017 for his outstanding contributions to Canadian architecture, Richard Henriquez understands the art of sculpture and architecture — which is evident as he works from an imaginative tradition where buildings are much more than just composed technologies. His work expresses a search for meaning, demonstrating his ability to transform projects into highly symbolic works. Through this filter, we felt our site at 2030 Barclay was entirely complementary to Richard’s sensitive attitude towards memory, history and place.
The area West of Denman is uniquely positioned between an old growth forest, beaches, harbour, mountains and the city. If the location could speak about the materials that best reflected its soul, it would express the language of nostalgia, by questioning it in today's context. And so began the process of listening in the service of found architecture.