Completed in March 2018, The Duke is a LEED Gold target, rental residential project designed under the City of Vancouver Rental 100 Secured Market Rental Housing Policy, which allows height and density limits in strategic locations in the city to be rezoned in exchange for provision of 100% rental housing.
Located near a busy transit-oriented node in Vancouver’s Mount Pleasant neighbourhood, the 15,263-square metre, 14-storey, mixed-use project includes 201 rental units with ground floor retail housed in a unique building typology that is new to Vancouver.
The design features a soaring, open-air court over which a translucent fabric canopy shields the circulation space from rain. A dramatic vertical slot opens the court to the south to further flood the space with natural daylight. A vibrant, fuchsia-coloured public art piece suspended in the slot imbues the opening with a striking soft pink glow.
The Duke won two Georgie Awards in 2020: Best Multi-Family Mid/High Rise Development and the Provincial Award for Excellence in Housing Affordability.