We at LandStudio360 are strong advocates of travel and seeing the world beyond our 2-dimensional Instagram world.  As designers, we are inspired by our experiences and what better way to expand our horizon than to travel and explore?  Over the year-end holiday break, my wife and I traveled up to Vancouver, B.C. to visit family and friends.
Even though I’ve been there a handful of times, I was surprised to see an abundance of multi-family projects springing up, especially along the Cambie Corridor.  There must have been 2-3 cranes in the skyline everywhere I looked.  The high demand for housing in this area seemingly continues to increase.  Some of the notable highlights of our visit include a visit to Van Dusen Botanical Park to see the holiday lights; the marketplace on Granville Island; walking around the green rooftop of the Vancouver Convention Center; the Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel; and the newly opened Douglas and JW Marriott at Parq Vancouver, the newest downtown development.  The new iconic tower addition to the Vancouver skyline is the Vancouver House by BIG, at the north end of Granville Bridge.  It is a truly magnificent architecture feat to see Bjarke Ingels’ new twist (pun intended) to the flat-iron architecture.
At the other end of the eye-catching spectrum is the front desk at the Douglas – Celano Design Studio’s “geometric abstraction of nature” – where a long section of a Douglas Fir bark layer wraps around an internally lit core, adds a very nice touch in greeting arriving guests.  And last but not least, a culinary delight at a quaint Japanese restaurant in Kitslano called Raisu, where their specialty “Ocean’s Offerings” is a box of cubed sushi that is not only delicious but incredible to look at, just goes to show that creativity has no bounds, for design inspiration is all around us.  We just have to minimize our distractions, open our eyes, and live in the moment.

Multi-Family Development along Cambie Corridor

Skyline of Vancouver from Granville Island

Green Roof of the Vancouver Convention Center

Douglas and J.W. Marriott Hotels at Parq Vancouver

Ocean’s Offering at Raisu