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Onni proposes condo, hotel, office towers near Emily Carr University

Fresh off their successful developments at Canvas and Block 100, Onni Group has applied to the City of Vancouver to develop a new four building complex next to the new Emily Carr University of Art and Design.

The development will include four buildings over a common underground parkade. There will be two live/work buildings of 13 and 15 storeys, one hotel at 15 storeys and one office building of seven storeys. All buildings will have retail at grade.

Rubik's Cube design rationale
Design rationale from the architects, IBI, for Onni’s new four building project proposed for an empty lot next to the future Emily Carr University.

The architect says the inspiration for the colourful design came from the humble Rubik’s Cube. It’s also influenced by the proximity to the new Emily Carr University, and is said to draw influence from the built digital orca sculpture by Douglas Coupland outside the Vancouver Convention Centre.

The live/work units are likely to be popular with students and staff at the new Emily Carr University across the street. The location is also close to a potential future skytrain Station, should the Expo Line be extended along Broadway to UBC.

The application goes to the development permit board on October 31, 2016.

Onni Emily Carr East elevation
Rendering of east elevation of Onni’s new four building development, including live/work units, hotel and office space adjacent to the new Emily Carr University campus.
Onni Emily Carr development
Rendering of north elevation of Onni’s new four building development, including live/work units, hotel and office space adjacent to the new Emily Carr University campus.
Onni Emily Carr
Rendering of north elevation of Onni’s new four building development, including live/work units, hotel and office space adjacent to the new Emily Carr University campus.

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Peter Meiszner
Peter Meiszner
Peter Meiszner is an experienced journalist and media relations professional, based in Vancouver. As founder of urbanYVR.com, he has been reporting on urban development across the Lower Mainland since 2016, and has also served as vice-chair of the Gastown Historic Area Planning Committee. In October 2022, he was elected to Vancouver city council and is no longer actively reporting for urbanYVR.

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