Zephyr is a mixed-use rental residential project overlooking English Bay on a site sloping west down towards the waterfront. Retail and a new 50,000 sq ft Safeway store form the base of the project. Emerging from the base are two towers joined in the middle by landscaped terraces and framed by staggered curved balconies, inspired by their location just steps from English Bay. There are 330 homes between both towers, the West tower has 21 floors and the East tower has 23 floors. The design intent was to provide both an intricate and articulated ground level experience while still acknowledging the single purpose use of the anchor tenant. The entrance to Safeway on the east end of the site is punctuated by a giant Z shaped canopy, from which the Safeway signage is suspended.
Fifteen giant shoji screens are collaged above the Davie elevation, to both mask and reveal the retail uses behind. The screens contain LED light panels that have been programmed by artist Neil Campbell, animating the public realm with time and context specific displays. The rental towers have discreet entrances off of Davie and Cardero streets, both marked by small Japanese gardens and planting.
Interiors & Furnishings
Designed by Leckie Studio Architecture + Design, the interiors at Zephyr are inspired by blurring the lines between outside and inside with a pared back approach to materiality and detailing. The material palette consists of limestone, bronze, glass and wood. As you enter into the main lobbies, the exterior landscaping and limestone clad pathways and walls follow you inside with a play on the exterior bronze accents through a series of bronze ceiling shingles leading you towards the elevator lobby. The home interiors pick up on a similar material palette emphasizing the contrast between light and dark. The interiors are intended to create inviting spaces for contemplation, gathering, and appreciation.
Terrace & Tower Homes
Designed to optimize views and outdoor living, Zephyr is comprised of Terrace Homes and Tower Homes. Tower Homes feature panoramic views while Terrace Homes offer the experience of living in a park.