450 Gore Avenue

Here’s a new completed market rental building on the Strathcona / Chinatown edge, first proposed four years ago.

450 Gore Avenue was a long-abandoned gas station site, and this rezoning designed by Gair Williamson has 81 small market rental units. The design of the mostly wood-framed construction has retail on the main floor – something new for the east side of Gore.

Initially the project had black bricks – after community response was against that aspect of the building the final design was simpler, and lighter, with gold accents around the windows.

Named ‘Brixton Flats’, the project may cause some confusion as both the Brixton pub and a condo building opposite called ‘The Flats‘ are on the 200 block of East Georgia Street.

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4 Responses to 450 Gore Avenue

  1. Darren Caton says:

    This the most plain and uninspiring building I have ever seen featured on changing city and I have looked at all of them. I’m surprised this was allowed past the UDP in this form or maybe they thought the design was bold for it’s “minimalism”. The units in the building are condo’s as I remember and developer usually put more effort into a building built for commercial purposes since it will be noted as being built by them.
    Rant over.

    • ChangingCity says:

      It’s not condos – it’s rental. It’s plain because that’s what the architects were advised to go for, so that the more elaborate heritage buildings across the street and nearby showed their fancy details. It’s also very simple because the architects have designed it to Passive House standards, so it’s very energy efficient. As we noted, earlier versions with contrasting brick colours were not appreciated by the Chinatown representatives.

      • Nelson Ng says:

        I wish it could do a better job to improve the community visually. The revised version looks like a recently renovated one-star hotel located in an old town. The black color brick tiles and the vertical fins might not comply with the Chinese feng shui standards, but the plain white building doesn’t seem to make the appearance looks better. Perhaps it can use red bricks instead of black? It matches with other buildings in the area, and I bet the Chinatown representative would like it. Anyhow, I appreciate its passive house standards. I think it is qualified for a Gold LEED?

        Building Rendering:

      • ChangingCity says:

        It’s a rezoning, so it must meet the equivalent of LEED Gold, but generally Passive house seems to be considered to be an even higher standard. It’s built and completed – so it won’t look any different than it does now; red bricks aren’t an option.

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