I always had a special place in my heart for townhouses: they are urban, yet domestic – communal, yet private; Townhouses strike a modern beat in Vancouver’s vibrant cityscape.
Welcome to Sixth & Willow, by Michael Green Architecture (MGA), which is a visually arresting townhouse development on the shores of Vancouver's False Creek.
Home to 25 units and an outdoor communal area, the Sixth & Willow project is a study in duality: finding a way to merge the busy setting of Vancouver's Sixth Avenue with the domestic desire for privacy.
I am a huge fan of contrast and texture. The weathered steel façade provides privacy for its residents, while adding dimension, texture and character to the otherwise crisp white walls of the complex.
The materials match the building to the cultural heritage of the surrounding neighbourhood, and reference the industrial history of false creek.
Today the entire area is completely transformed from the industrial days of the fifties - including the Greenery of Charleson Park - which is the green space that serves the area residents.
It was a bold decision to make Sixth & Willow's striking design stand out from convention.
If future developments complement this design trend, the modern townhouse will redefine this neighbourhood.
Sixth & Willow is a dazzling bold face for townhouses in Vancouver, and a step towards a contemporary design I hope will be increasingly embraced in this city.
If you want to learn more, visit Michael Green Architecture to view their fantastic portfolio, and check out our past MGA feature The Ronald McDonald House in British Columbia, By Michael Green Architecture
Photos courtesy of MGA, and Ema Peter Photography.
Researched and Written by Emily E.A. Stringer, Undergraduate of Sociology, and Geography: Environment & Sustainability, at the University of British Columbia.