London-Inspired Architecture with a West Coast Feel
It All Starts With Lifestyle
Originally inspired by his experience living in classic London Mews row housing, Alec Smith of SHAPE architecture sought to design The Morrison as a collection of homes which are not only aesthetically beautiful, but are also evoke an inviting and robust lifestyle from within.
Every home feels like a home at The Morrison. Each unit is carefully crafted and features varying different scales with beautiful, generous outdoor spaces that are directly connected to the main living space.
“ All of the different homes have generous outdoor spaces immediately off the living space which lends itself to indoor-outdoor living and that West Coast casual lifestyle. We wanted visual connections with the outdoors, that carefully constructed landscape, and places you want to hang out on a Sunday night and have dinner.”
– Alec Smith, SHAPE Architecture
The Skyline is the Limit
Beyond the indoor-outdoor living that is available with every home, there are several homes at The Morrison that feature modern rooftop patios built for entertaining and spectacular views.
“ You can see the downtown city skyline. You can see Stanley Park. You can see the Lions Gate bridge in silhouette. If you look back north you have incredible views of the North Shore mountains. The idea was that at every instance these homes would be generous and take advantage of this setting. We wanted to frame views.”
– Alec Smith, SHAPE Architecture
The Details Are Never Just The Details
The architectural character of The Morrison has covetable West Coast details of whitewashed brick, natural wood, and large windows. In this way it has recognizable elements but in other ways it’s unfamiliar and unique to the market. It has this very particular inspiration which allows it to stand apart.
The Morrison is registered under the LEED® rating systems
and targeting Gold certification.
The Morrison: A Greener Building. LEED buildings save energy, water, resources, generate less waste & offer enhanced occupant comfort.
What is LEED?
LEED = Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system. The process of certification offers third-party verification that a building was designed and built using Green Building strategies aimed at, amongst other things, reducing energy and water consumption, enhancing indoor environmental quality, and improving quality of life.
LEED certified buildings use resources more efficiently compared to conventional buildings simply built to code.
The key benefits of LEED certification may include, depending on which credits are pursued:
Sustainable Sites - Utilizes nearby natural resources and ecosystems that can naturally take part of the design, minimizing environmental pollution.
Minimizes the impact on ecosystems and waterways by utilizing appropriate site-specific designs. Rewards occupants for using alternate transportation methods.
Water Efficiency - Reduces potable water usage both indoor and outdoors through efficient appliances, water fixtures and fittings, and water-wise landscaping.
Energy and Atmosphere - Improves energy performance and indoor air quality, including air circulation; use of natural light and low-emitting materials.
Improves energy performance using efficient design and construction. Reduction in energy leads to reduced green house gas emissions.
Materials and Resources - Uses locally sourced, sustainable products and low-emitting materials. Promotes usage of recycled material. Reduced construction waste during the building process. Promotes the use of sustainably grown, harvested, produced and transported products and materials.
Indoor Environmental Quality – Improves indoor air quality, including air circulation, uses of natural light, and provides access views all of which enhanced human comfort.
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