Hensley 264 homes in a 33 storey tower at 450 Westview Street Coquitlam by Cressey Development Group

Thursday, March 1st, 2018

‘Unique geometry’ of exterior matched by bold interior designs at Hensley

Mary Frances Hill
The Province

Hensley is a project from the Cressey Development Group in Coquitlam. PNG

Among the amenities at Cressey?s Hensley, a new project in Coquitlam, will be an outdoor pool, steam room and hot tub, as well as a penthouse lounge fitted with bar and games areas, fully appointed kitchen and dining room table that can seat 20.

Hensley will have striking exterior columns that lead up to a three-level penthouse amenity space

Stunning views will be on offer in the penthouse amenity space

Porcelain tile bachsplashes in the ?Cressey Kitchen? will mimic the beauty of natural stone

Linda Gallo and her colleagues at Insight Design are certain that Hensley, a condominium tower planned for Coquitlam, will be a landmark in the community.

Chris Dikeakos Architects designed the tower for Cressey Development with a defining look: five exterior columns will line the building, and stretch up to a three-storey penthouse amenity space.

With such bold architecture, Insight Design designers knew they had do fashion interiors that would create as much of a buzz as the exteriors.

“We were really inspired by the architecture of the building, which sees part of the structure undulating in and out from the vertical building face with a unique geometry,” Gallo says.

Gallo and her colleagues approached their work in the amenity space and suite interiors with a mission to set these spaces apart from the outside architecture, and renderings show they’re no less stunning.

She expects the kitchen spaces to be popular among visitors to the sales centre.
The “Cressey kitchen” has a reputation for its sleek design and integrated storage. Insight Design added touches that make the space look even more refined, such as the customized cabinet “finger pulls.”
Form and function were among their guiding principles when Insight chose the finishes. The designers were particularly pleased with the choice of backsplash material; the porcelain slabs have all the beauty of natural stone, but unlike stone, they’re low maintenance. They transformed the look of the entire kitchen, Gallo says.

“This backsplash expands the look of the kitchen and makes it feel quite grand,” she notes,
The colour palettes in the two neutral schemes are simple and evocative.  The “Home” option “has storage and cabinets for days, with two fridges and both deep and shallow pantry spaces, and there is no end of places to put all of your stuff,” she says.

The “Hotel” option is tailored to appeal to the frequent traveller. “I love the round mirror in the main bathroom in [the Hotel option]. It really makes this room for me.”

Most designers will admit to favouring a piece of décor, finishes or materials in homes they work on. Gallo herself is partial to the light fixtures the Insight Design team specified for the amenity space and the homes, and the Herman Miller Crosshatch chairs she eyed for the living rooms.

“I would use the chairs in my own home, most definitely. They are comfortable and yet have a lot of lovely and refined details that give them a gorgeous esthetic.”

What: 264 homes in a 33-storey tower, including a penthouse amenity space

Where:  450  Westview Street, Coquitlam

Developer and builder: Cressey Development Group

Residence sizes and prices: One, two and three bedrooms, from 530 to 1,330 square feet, from $474,999 to $1,374,999

Sales centre: 150 A-3355 North Road, Burnaby

Sales centre hours: Private previews are by appointment only, at 604-421-1639

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