OASIS: Rainwater pond
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.