This is probably the greatest buying incentive ever: For every unit sold at Vancouver House, Westbank will pay $2,900 (USD) to World Housing so that the group can build a home for an impoverished family living in a landfill community in Cambodia.
“The vision of World Housing and its founders mirrors our own goal of affecting positive change in communities and I believe, will hold meaning for buyers,” said Westbank president Ian Gillespie in a release. “Westbank has always put strong emphasis on social responsibility. Through this initiative, we hope to set a new norm in residential development and inspire buyers, who will ultimately be the driving force.”
The top-heavy Vancouver House project will be comprised of 395 residential units, which means 395 homes for families in need.
“We are very excited that Westbank would make such a commitment,” said Pete Dupuis, co-founder of World Housing. “Their support will result in more than 2,200 people being able to move from living in the dump to a home with roof over head and a lockable door. The social change created for these families is truly life-changing.”
The World Housing one-for-one initiative is based on the model of TOMS Shoes, the footwear company that gives a pair of shoes to someone in need every time a pair is sold.
A typical World Housing home is a 130-square-foot, metal insulated structure that rests on elevated supports to protect it from the elements. Each home is equipped with electricity as well as a rainwater collection system to provide fresh water.
Vancouver House, the landmark project by Copenhagen/New York-based architecture firm Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), is slated for completion in 2018. The World Housing story, including a scale-model of one of the Cambodian homes, is part of the Gesamtkunstwerk art exhibit which runs until May 18th at 1460 Howe Street.
Want to contribute, and in the bargain, own a home in one of the most striking buildings in the city? Then register for the anticipated project here.
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