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City of Richmond recognizes innovative urban design
Mayor Malcolm Brodie recognized a trio of local developments with Lulu Urban Design Awards Monday night, including a major residential project transforming the lands around the Richmond Olympic Oval.
Brodie awarded Aspac Developments Ltd. a prize for design excellence for its River Green development. The multi-tower community in the emerging Oval Village boasts terraced buildings that vary in height from four to 14 storeys, notable architecture and landscape design, along with a public art installation on the sides of a pedestrian bridge.
Lulu awards have been handed out by the city every two years since 2008. This year's judging panel included three independent designers and two senior staff members at city hall.
Brodie, who handed out the prizes at a meeting of city council, said a hallmark of great cities is urban design that's "visionary and attractive, while also being functional and sustainable."
“The Lulu awards are dedicated to encouraging and celebrating great urban design here in our city," he said in a statement. "Each of this year’s winners, along with all the award nominees, distinctly represent the rich urban design we seek and enjoy in Richmond."
The first of River Green's residents began moving in last September. James K.M. Cheng Architects Inc. and Phillips Farevaag Smallenberg Studio designed the development.
Also netting an award was Currents at London Landing, a small townhouse and condominium project near the foot of No. 2 Road developed by Oris Consulting Ltd. and designed by Hearth Architectural Inc. and van der Zalm + associates.
Hughes Condon Marler Architects and space2place design inc. also earned a Lulu award for designing Fire Hall No. 2 in Steveston. The two-storey hall is built to a LEED gold standard and includes two equipment bays and a training and hose-drying tower. The building and its open design includes innovative sustainability features, landscaping and public art.
Mayor Malcolm Brodie presented the Lulu Urban Design Award to Dana Westermark of Oris Consulting Ltd. for Currents at London Landing.
Mayor Malcolm Brodie presented a Lulu Urban Design Award to Darryl Condon, managing principal of Hughes Condon Marler Architects for the Steveston Fire Hall.