Vancouver firms win international architectural design awards

Oct 23 2019, 5:03 pm

Two building development projects designed by local firms in the South Coast of BC were recognized by the International Property Awards (IPA) earlier this month.

The second phase of Squamish’s Holborn University Heights, developed by Holborn Group and designed by Frits de Vries Architects, won the UK-based organization’s awards for five-star best architecture single residence BC, five-star best interior design private residence BC, five-star best interior design private residence, and five-star best interior design show home, as well as various awards for kitchen and bathroom design.

Holborn University Heights

Phase Two of Holborn University Heights. (Holborn Group)

Contemporary West Coast aesthetics of these new homes are juxtaposed with the mountains of the Sea to Sky Corridor.

This project, located adjacent to the Quest University campus, was also nominated for regional awards, with the winners set to be announced later this year. When fully complete, the new neighbourhood will have about 200 single-family homes, duplexes, and multi-family homes.

Separately, Connaught at Edgemont Village in North Vancouver won the five-star best mixed-use architecture BC award. Developed by Grosvenor and designed by Rositch Hemphill Architects, Connaught is a four-storey mixed-use redevelopment with 82 homes — condominiums and townhomes — plus ground-level restaurant and retail space.

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Artistic rendering of Connaught at Edgemont Village in North Vancouver. (Rositch Hemphill Architects / Grosvenor)

IPA is a prestigious annual architectural and interior design competition judged by an independent panel of over 80 industry experts. The global awards are split into regions, with the highest-scoring winners from each region automatically qualifying for a nomination for IPA’s ultimate international awards category.