Canvas – 401 Great Northern Way


When we added this project to the blog in February 2013 Onni had a number of projects on the go, including this scheme that didn’t take long to obtain approval as it wasn’t a rezoning. It’s nominally an artist live/work development containing a total of 209 units with a seven storey building facing E 1st Avenue containing 135 units and a six storey building facing Great Northern Way with 74 units.


Located on an oddly shaped site close to the future University campus that includes the Onni Gt Northernnew Emily Carr University buildings, it’s designed by GBL Architects and features a colourful courtyard (although the street façade was initially more restrained). Our picture of the model shown to the Urban Design Panel (on the right) shows the central space, and above, the finished article.

The industrial materials match many of the other buildings in the artist live/work area. The construction shows how far woodframe buildings have come – the upper five floors have lumber construction strong enough to support a rooftop with trees.

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