The Emerald Gardens project is a residential development in Richmond BC that is part of the City’s plan to bring greater density into the city center. Just a few blocks from the city core, this project incorporated 9 single family house lots and provided about 240 residential units, most of which were condominiums but there rental and low income units added in the mix as well.
As the project architect for this development, I found one of the most interesting aspects of the project to be the incorporation of the city’s wishes to create a spacial connection from neighboring parks through the middle of this private development. There were clauses within the development permit agreement that required open public access to a central park area in the middle of the site, which would have to have entrances that coordinated with the neighboring parks and pathways. This meant building a rooftop garden area over the parking structure with public stairs connecting to the sidewalks in three areas.