Jawl properties, the owners of this high-density office development set in downtown Victoria, challenged its architects. They asked if a speculative office building could be a catalyst for revitalization of a moribund urban area and contribute somehow to city life. Could the economics of a high-density, downtown office building work in a mid-rise, green-building form? And could it be spectacular? The answers emerged from a highly collaborative multi-disciplinary approach. Occupying the length of a city block, the Atrium actively engages its civic context. To complement Victoria’s historic downtown and reintegrate the block into its urban fabric, the building has two sub- levels and seven above- ground floors. It is built to the perimeter of the site and forms three street walls that define the public realm. A palette of authentic, durable materials invests the block with a sense of long- term commitment.
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