Over the holidays, I watched EVP starring Michael Keaton and Deborah Unger. The movie was shot here in Vancouver and I immediately recognized one of the buildings. The Waterfall Building, 1540 West 2nd Avenue, located just south of Granville Island is one of Vancouver’s modern architectural masterpieces. Michael Keaton’s character in the film is an architect and the building was the setting for his home. It’s unique design and distinct appearance made it a great choice. The building got its name from the Arthur Erickson-designed waterfall of recirculated water that plunges down in the middle of the main street-level entrance. This embodied his stated belief that as well as fulfilling function, architecture should offer visitors and passers-by a rewarding experience.
The building itself reminded me of another condo that we shot for Jim Noonan a few months ago. ROAR-one, 4387 West 10th Avenue, located in Point Grey is another modern masterpiece. There were many similar design elements; the concrete contsruction, its use of glass, rooftop patios and high ceilings. ROAR_one consists of ten residential units and two retail/commercial units. The project creates a new model for residential living in Vancouver. The design incorporates mezzanine spaces and uniquely; deep, inset courtyard balconies that provide a rare ability for indoor/outdoor living in combination. Please check out the video and pictures that we took of this incredibly unique and modern property.