We were lucky to catch a dry day for LOHA’s housing tour on September 14th, 2013. About 40 people joined us on a walking excursion of a variety of alternative housing models in the neighbourhoods of Strathcona and Railtown. Each location was paired with a site host connected to the project either as a designer, developer, builder or resident. The four sites visited were:
1. Schoolhouse. This project is about building for change: how do we create homes that connect with neighbourhood change, lifestyle change, and climate change? The project is an adaptation of an old school structure that mixes heritage with modern. The units provide transformable spaces that support the modern family’s changing lifestyles over time.
Presented by Mark Shieh / Leslie Shieh (Take Root Projects Inc., Developer)
2. Laneway House. This project is an idiosyncratic example of laneway housing in Vancouver. Built in the late 1890’s and renovated in 2006, this stand-alone 400 sq ft unit rents for $1100/month.
Presented by Jake Fry (Smallworks Studios, Principal)
3. Imouto Housing for Young Women. This project creates a central garden courtyard with 12 shipping containers and adjoins a heritage restoration project. 12 280 sq ft units rent between $600-850 per month, dependant on household income, on a 25’ x 119’ lot.
Presented by Janice Abbott (Atira Women’s Resource Society, CEO)
4. The Edge. A live/work building that houses a diverse community of creative professionals. The living units are spacious lofts that offer great flexibility in the use of space. The 7000sf of amenities include a wood/metal workshop, pottery studio, photography studio and a music room to name a few.
Presented by Khang Nguyen (Architrix Studio, Principal, Resident of The Edge)
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