When we first saw the renderings for Sixth and Willow by Kenstone Properties, we couldn’t help but swoon. The contemporary West Coast look includes concrete, glass, and clean lines, but the most stunning feature is a weathering steel screen on the west corner.
We wanted to know more about the building’s architecture, so we did some digging and found a few key quotes from Sixth and Willow architect Michael Green, principal of Michael Green Architecture.
Commenting on the location and surrounding neighbourhood, Green says that “Sixth and Willow‘s Fairview Slopes neighbourhood has a unique character and sense of community in Vancouver. The walkable tree-lined streets, great views of the city and North Shore mountains, and proximity to the, downtown core, diverse local shopping, schools, transit and parks make it an especially livable part of Vancouver.”
In terms of architecture, Green says that neighbourhood and the city inspired design for the building. “The exterior and interior of the design tried to respond not only to Vancouver’s modern sensibility but also to a creating a quiet, calm and natural context for people living on the edge of the energy and urban disposition of the downtown core that the 6th and Willow complex looks across at.”
He goes on to say that “the result is a project with three integrated sensibilities; an signature modern exterior facing 6th; a quiet interior community courtyard for the residents; and finally a very fresh natural and quiet palette for the home interiors. The interiors have a classic simplicity to them that allow them to adapt to each homeowners unique style. The idea that homeowners signature a space with their art, a vase full of flowers and a few pieces of furniture is important to us.”
We don’t know about you, but we love hearing experts speak so eloquently about their work, and we can’t wait to see the ideas in action when Sixth and Willow is complete.