Haven is a new six-storey condominium in Victoria, BC offering below-market housing through an inclusionary housing initiative. Proscenium is providing full architectural and interior design services for this urban residential building as part of Cook Street Plaza, a multi-building development on the corner of Cook and Yates Streets.
The architectural design responds to the nature of the site, providing a middle density transition from the busy Cook Street to the quieter residential neighbourhood of Johnson Street. The building is broken into two main forms delineated by wrapping frames with an entry emphasized by a feature wall. Ground level units have a townhouse look and feel to them, with large front yard patios and direct street access on Johnson St. The units on the interior of the site overlook the large, shared plaza with seating, playground, and hangout spaces.
To contrast the horizontal nature of the building, a playful vertical pattern of privacy screens are employed on the façade to protect views between units.