The Province – Keefer Block

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Flexibility key to design of Solterra Chinatown project

 By Mary Frances Hill, The Province February 12, 2013

Flexibility key to design of Solterra Chinatown project

The presentation suite features movable frosted-glass walls that can be closed to create bedroom privacy, or pushed back to open up the space. Photograph by: Steve Bosch, PNG , The Province


What: 81 one-, two-and three-bedroom homes in nine storeys

Where: 189 Keefer St. (Keefer and Main)

Residence size and prices: 448 – 1,013 sq. ft; from $249,900

Builder and developer: Solterra Group of Companies

Sales centre: 880 Seymour St.

Hours: Open for previews by appointment only. Call 604-682-8813 or email

Jennifer Eden imagines the kind of person who would live at the corner of Chinatown’s Keefer Street and Main: a liberal, social adventurer with an appetite for modern art, travel and cultural experiences.

This is a person who is most likely to see the beauty in an old heritage sign, or the gentle curves and details of Chinatown’s architecture.

This is a person who embraces even the smallest details of local history, the ethnic diversity and all the options involved in living a short walk from the False Creek seawall, downtown and Gastown.

“I think a Keefer Block resident is part of the genre that lives a curat-ed life,” says Eden, the principal of Occupy Design and the designer of the display suite for Solterra’s Keefer Block, a building in construction at the corner of Keefer and Main streets.

“They aren’t looking for excess; it’s quality over quantity. They want to be in a beautiful space, surrounded by objects that bring them joy.”

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