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“Pearl Block” Residential Complex

Cutting Edge Modernity

D’Arcy Jones Architects

“Pearl Block” Residential Complex
By Luca Maria Francesco Fabris -

It is clear today - at least in the West - that despite laws and regulations, cities are not only evolving in compliance with precise urban plans but are also driven by the investment choices of developers who have stuck their neck out when it comes to forecasting future lifestyle preferences. This is not necessarily a bad thing. In the past, shrewd real estate investors picked up on, and even anticipated, client demands as they became more sensitive to environmental and social issues, favoring designers offering housing solutions that adopted fundamental paradigms like energy saving and innovation - including innovative configurations and construction materials - and a harmonious fit of the built volume with its social or natural context.

Aryze Developments, a Victoria company operating in the Canadian province of British Columbia on the Pacific Ocean, is one such forward-thinking outfit. Recent years have seen it promoting projects aimed at creating low-cost quality constructions in residential areas, which although not centrally located enjoy the full range of amenities. Their high-end design developments are fully aligned with the growing demand for good architecture that also addresses issues of energy saving and sustainability in general. By espousing the environmental agenda in a country like Canada, where the energy question is not yet an all-pervasive issue and where energy-saving measures for new build are still voluntary and not compulsory as they are in Europe, the young investors of Aryze Developments have started a quiet but potentially far-reaching revolution.

To put this into practice, they have teamed up with D’Arcy Jones Architects, a Vancouver-based firm acclaimed by Canadian critics for the quality of its projects whose mastery of tectonic form is tempered by a lightness of touch and refined, uncluttered and unconventional finishes. Theirs is an ability to impart a project with a striking character without, however,...

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