Elenore on Fifth 58 homes in an 8 level terraced building at 2106 Main Street by Card Development

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

Elenore on Fifth a standout in Mount Pleasant

Mary Frances Hill
The Province

Elenore on Fifth

What: 58 homes featuring steeped terraces that offer views of the North Shore mountains and downtown Vancouver

Where: 2106 Main St., Vancouver

Developer and builder: Chard Development Ltd.

Residence sizes and prices: One, two and three bedrooms, 476 – 1,635 square feet, starting from $650,000

Sales centre address: 2106 Main St.

Sales centre hours: noon — 5 p.m., Sat — Thurs

It takes creativity to stand out in a crowd. However, Proscenium Architecture and Interiors Inc. makes it look effortless with the use of bold contrasts in the display home at Elenore on Fifth, Chard Development’s condo community destined for Mount Pleasant.

At the display space, the designers dare to stray from the pack so devoted to neutral finishes and decor, in favour of bold contrasts to grab visitors’ attention.

Chard is attracting young professionals and creatives with the esthetic and practical design elements of a “clean contemporary, and refined” design, says Austin Lidstone, interior designer at Proscenium.

“Everything serves a purpose and the contrast and texture in the palettes add interest and a subtle sophistication,” Lidstone says.

The kitchen and bathroom each illustrate Lidstone’s point. The two very distinct shades appear in big bold blocks or sections, with a clean white food prep area overlooking the bold darkened oak cabinetry and island. It’s definitely an eye-catching interior scheme, but also acts as a mirror or a creative reference to the exterior architectural form, according to Proscenium principal Hugh Cochlin.

“The tower portion of the kitchen acts as an anchor and echoes the exterior massing – the anchoring of the brick and the mass of the podium,” he says.

“In contrast, the light solids (floating portions of the kitchen) relate to both the floating form of the residential tower portion of the building and the … transparency of the glass of the exterior expression. The textures and richness of the veneer is balanced by the light solids, which are then tied together with the subtlety of the countertop and backsplash and warmth of the flooring.”
Proscenium’s respectful approach to the relationship between indoors and outdoors continues on to Elenore and Fifth’s outdoor space, on private and common-use decks. When it comes to decor, colour palettes or style, there needn’t be a separation between indoor and outdoor, they insist.

They recommend creating niches of comfort on balconies and outdoor common spaces; considering Fifth at Main is on a gentle slope that continues past the busy Main and Broadway hub, that may allow homeowners an elevation in their homes, and a view.

“The outdoor space can be maximized through treating it as an extension of the interior space. Providing a variety of seating levels – casual lounge, dining, smaller conversation areas, shaded areas (partially covered via sunshades or other) – as well as outfitting the exterior with an outdoor kitchen, bar or prep area, can all add to maximizing the livability of the large outdoor room,” Lidstone says.

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