Located in one of the poorest areas of Canada, 60 West Cordova is a prototype for affordable home ownership in a notoriously expensive city.
Based on the principles of inclusivity and doing more with less, the 96-unit project features conscious design decisions to keep costs low. Restrictions on ownership were also applied to ensure locals who had been living, working or volunteering in the troubled neighbourhood had preferential ability to purchase. These buyers were also required to live in their own unit, curtailing purely investment-driven purchasing.
Further supporting the local community, several units were granted at cost to the Portland Hotel Society and Habitat for Humanity of Greater Vancouver to house individuals in their programs.
An integral part of the building’s exterior is a public art component with painted glass panels that glow in the evening. The panels feature silhouettes of “people supporting people” and in-turn “supporting the building”. The work is a gesture to the community, where people are helping others achieve remarkable things in the Downtown Eastside.
Image: Henriquez Partners Architects