Vantage is a mid-rise mixed-use commercial retail and 73 residential unit building in downtown Squamish. Key to the design was to create a ‘place’ in the midst of a commercial strip mall where-in people will want to live. The courtyard typology is intended to create such a ‘place’, opening a multi-level landscaped common area to southern views of the Stawamus Chief Mountain.
The courtyard configuration allows apartments have natural light from at least two sides thus creating more habitable areas and deep second bedrooms. When it is warm outside, the courtyard’s microclimate becomes a cool shaded low pressure zone as compared with the higher pressures of the building’s exterior. When paired with operable windows on two sides of the unit, cooler air naturally moves thru the unit to create ventilation flows. In the winter, the courtyard acts to shelter from the elements and helps buffers the units from the cold winter winds.