Solterra Group of Companies highrise development comprises variety of units all featuring high level of finishing detail
The Lower Mainland’s residential highrises are known throughout the world as examples of ingenuity and architectural excellence. From the North Shore, across to Coal Harbour, through the downtown area and Yaletown, farther east to Burnaby and New Westminster, these imposing buildings command attention.
The recent 2011 Georgie Awards showcased some of the most distinctive of these edifices, specifically the Solterra Group of Companies’ Dolce at Symphony Place, winner of Best Multi-Family High Rise Development, High Rise Residential Community of the Year and Best Interior Design Display Suite – Multi Family, for the sub-penthouse.
In a city of high architectural design standards, what sets Dolce apart?
“The success of our development has in large part to do with the design of the building by Merrick Architecture and the vision of our president,” says Mike Bosa, vice-president of development. “What we accomplished was to find a very urban, sustainable design that would provide what a discerning homeowner would want, plus we managed to incorporate retail and office space, as well as a public-parking facility to service the Orpheum Theatre. Dolce has been singled out for its complexity of design as well as its mixed-use nature.
“We’re very excited about the Georgie Awards. We’re so proud that Solterra is acknowledged to be developing properties in the same calibre as our co-nominees, Jameson House and Patina.”
The multi-faceted building includes homes for first-time buyers, a higher-end private collection, live-work and loft units, all with exceptional premium finishes, he notes.
“The level of finishing detail is one of our strongest features and sets Dolce apart, and this quality shows throughout, right from the urban lofts all the way to the spectacular penthouses.”
Thanks to its diversity, residents of Dolce can also access office space, invite guests to stay in the Moda Hotel (the hotel component in its sister tower, VITA), or head downstairs to the main floor to purchase food, he says.
“We’re one of the first in the city to design live/work facilities. That’s basically what sets us apart from the others and market acceptance has been phenomenal.”
Rising a dramatic 32 storeys at the corner of Richards and Smithe streets, Dolce sits across from the Orpheum Theatre and linked to Vita, its Symphony Place partner, by a majestic, two-storey porte cochere. Its 198 homes comprise five live/work townhouses, 21 lofts, 139 condominium apartments and 33 view suites which include the exclusive private collection residences on the top five floors.
Solterra’s next project, as yet unnamed, will be located at Seventh Avenue and Fir Street.
The 46-home boutique building in the heart of South Granville will be launched later this spring.
Another of the company’s new residential ventures, according to Laura Rizzo, vice-president marketing, will be sited on the up-and-coming Main and Keefer area, Yaletown’s latest extension, “very much in keeping with the heritage-inspired Gastown architecture.”
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