There have been quite a few ‘zombie buildings’ on this blog in the past few years. Those are projects that died, and then came back to life again. None are quite as unlikely as Artemisia; an extraordinary building nominally designed by GBL (but really the brainchild of erstwhile developer James Schouw who also developed the Gothic themed Grace tower on Seymour Street).
A while ago, after an unfortunate incident during site clearance at Hornby and Helmcken (still viewable on YouTube) there was a delay, and then a bank ordered sale of the site. It looked as if the scheme would be a victim of the 2008 downturn, but then the developer’s website said ‘Construction to Start July 2012’ and indeed, nearly two years later here it is. Boffo Developments took the project on and effectively built the original design for the 21-unit strata building.
The ‘as built’ is remarkably faithful to the concept: the brown is less rust coloured, the trees slightly more upright, but overall it looks like they said it would. It certainly adds some variation to a part of Downtown that wasn’t known for anything unusual architecturally. We suspect it’s probably going to be one of those buildings that is either loved, or strongly disliked. If you can’t recall, it replaces an undistinguisged two storey office building.