Bridging the Past and Present
A unique residential opportunity reminds us that history and the future are ever present.
Uniquely positioned at the border of Victoria’s Chinatown, Old Town, and Rock Bay neighbourhoods, Spencer Block transforms one of downtown’s few remaining infill sites into a mixed-use development that will deliver 278 purpose-built rental apartments.
Influenced by History
From a location in Chinatown, a World Heritage Site, to the debris of the 1907 Albion Iron Works fire buried below the surface, Spencer Block is immersed in its history. We faced the challenge of bridging the past to the present, and it was important to reflect the location’s history in the building’s aesthetic. Through active engagement and collaboration with municipal staff, a successful balance was achieved between heritage and contemporary design sensibilities, which received unanimous support from the city’s Advisory Design and Heritage Advisory panels and City Council.
Approaching from Different Angles
The property slopes steeply from south to north, which initially presented as an obstacle. But upon closer examination, we found this allowed us to locate the parking garage entrance at the lower level, creating a platform for an interior landscaped courtyard.
This one-of-a-kind development is a thoughtful exercise in merging yesterday with tomorrow.