OA­SIS: Rain­wa­ter pond

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That court­yard will be a pri­vate oa­sis of sorts for res­i­dents, and in­clude indige­nous veg­e­ta­tion and a rain­wa­ter collection pond.

Its pres­ence will also per­mit another note­wor­thy de­sign fea­ture of the Yu homes: Since each will face both the in­te­rior and ex­te­rior of the project, each will have en­hanced glaz­ing not com­monly seen in apart­ment build­ings.

“A typ­i­cal build­ing or apart­ment block has four sides, and in­side the build­ing is where they have the el­e­va­tors and hall­ways,” points out Cameron Mcneill, founder of MAC Mar­ket­ing So­lu­tions, which has been tasked with sell­ing the homes.

“But this build­ing has an en­tire in­te­rior court­yard. What that means is that all th­ese homes have light on both sides. They have win­dows that open on the out­side, as in your tra­di­tional build­ing, but also on the in­side court­yard.”

As such, those op­er­a­ble win­dows will per­mit the homes to have cross ven­ti­la­tion, a fea­ture that held great ap­peal for Ju­liana Qu, who pur­chased a two-bed­room unit on the build­ing’s fourth floor. “The south-north crossven­ti­la­tion is my favourite (fea­ture),” says Qu, who says the project’s prox­im­ity to Univer­sity Hill sec­ondary school was a draw.

As an MBA grad­u­ate from the univer­sity’s Sauder School of Busi­ness, Yu is also fa­mil­iar with the area and its many ameni­ties. “I love this neigh­bour­hood,” she says.

Not only is Wes­brook Vil­lage within steps from beaches, trails and Pa­cific Spirit Re­gional Park — along with the cul­tural and ed­u­ca­tional of­fer­ings at UBC — it is also tak­ing shape as an in­creas­ingly vi­brant town core.

Lo­cals do not have to stray far to ful­fil their daily needs; a Save-on Foods is but a short stroll or bike ride away, as are coffee shops, banks, and other shops and services.

Mod­ern Green’s Zhang says “yu” is the Chi­nese pro­nun­ci­a­tion for jade, and as such, has sig­nif­i­cance on nu­mer­ous counts.

“Jade is one of the most pre­cious stones in Chi­nese his­tory — and is also a very pre­cious stone here in B.C.,” he says.

“And No. 3, with this prop­erty at UBC, it is a kind of small piece of jade in Van­cou­ver, in B.C., be­cause it has a nice lo­ca­tion. But I think that the most im­por­tant thing is that jade is green.

“Go­ing green is sus­tain­able and is al­ways the key driver for the com­pany’s devel­op­ment.”

At Yu, those green fea­tures will be am­ple. The build­ing will in­cor­po­rate height­ened in­su­la­tion, ef­fi­cient win­dow sys­tems, low VOC con­struc­tion ma­te­ri­als and a “green” roof, among other sus­tain­able ini­tia­tives.

Ad­di­tion­ally, the build­ing will in­clude a 5,000-square-foot res­i­den­tial demon­stra­tion lab­o­ra­tory, the re­sult of a part­ner­ship be­tween the de­vel­oper and UBC’S Cen­tre for In­ter­ac­tive Re­search on Sus­tain­abil­ity to ad­vance sus­tain­able re­search and devel­op­ment.

“Its sole pur­pose is to be a liv­ing lab­o­ra­tory to mea­sure, sus­tain and ed­u­cate sus­tain­able build­ing prac­tices,” notes MAC Mar­ket­ing’s McNeill of the project.

Homes will have re­cessed bal­conies lined with wood, and most pent­house units will have pri­vate roof decks. A shared res­i­den­tial lounge will be fit­ted with a bar, an en­closed study room and a pool ta­ble.

The Yu homes went to mar­ket just weeks ago, and were sin­gled out in a re­port by Col­liers In­ter­na­tional as hav­ing one of Metro Van­cou­ver’s most re­cent high-pro­file launches.

An ex­am­ple of the stor­age avail­able within the homes.

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