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Northeast False Creek Urban Framework

800 Block Robson Street

The Megabench & Foot of Lonsdale Public Plaza

Shipyards Lot 5 Redevelopment

University of Victoria Master Plan Update

The Megaphone: Jim Deva Plaza Speaker’s Corner

Vancouver Art Gallery North Plaza Redevelopment

Simon Fraser University Student Union Building

UBC Bookstore

Ponderosa Commons

Evergreen Line Station Plazas

Terra Nova Play Experience

Sun Hop Park

Corduroy Road

Richmond Railway Corridor

Harbourside Overpass

McBurney Lane

Orchard Commons

Hillcrest & Riley Parks

Market Lane (Figure Ground)

Hapa Collaborative is a landscape architecture and urban design practice established with placemaking, attentiveness and collaboration in mind.

We see each project as an opportunity to partner, dream big and synthesize ideas wrought from many, often opposing, influences.  Our goal is to evoke the poetry of the place and in doing so reveal something delightful but perhaps previously unseen.  Most of all, we consider Hapa to be a contemporary voice for landscape architecture and a small, agile and fresh alternative to traditional firms.

Hapa Collaborative works within the full breadth of scales from master plans to pocket parks, civic spaces to private residences, streetscapes to green roofs.  However we specifically enjoy addressing the leftover spaces between buildings, applying the principles of landscape urbanism to city-building, site design and community consultation. We like to explore new methods and materials, forge new relationships and ultimately create places that people remember.

Hapa means many things: half, mixed, or hybrid; originally a pejorative term for someone of part Asian ethnicity and, by extension, anything shaped by the collision of cultural influences. Hapa can be defined as an intentional disturbance – an explosion – that creates space for something new.  It is an apt description of Vancouver’s cosmopolitan complexity and an emblem of our own profession’s mixed pedigree: landscape and architecture, art and science, nature and culture. Hapa is also a Japanese word for ‘leaf.’

Our studio of twelve designers is a daily collaboration between people with different backgrounds and training, and a mix of skills and specialization.  We love the fact that this mix is present in our design process and is often realized in the final design direction in our work.  Read more about each of our Hapsters through the Team link below or check out our video about Why We Design.

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Hapa featured as one of 30 “Canadian Architecture Firms Breaking New Ground” by AZURE

Hapa Collaborative has focus on reinvigorating Vancouver’s public spaces and streets with engaging playgrounds and inviting resting spots… The project [Vancouver Art Gallery North Plaza], which had a soft opening on June 22, is already adored by locals. Its most defining feature is a tricolour mosaic of asymmetric tiles. In Canadian cities public squares can be few and far between. This plaza’s dramatic upgrade gives a new face to the entire downtown core.

In light of Canada Day celebrations, Azure magazine handpicked firms that “express the power and vision of the nation” — what an honour to be alongside other inspiring Canadian colleagues. Thanks again for the nod, Azure team! Read more over at: http://www.azuremagazine.com/article/canada-150-30-canadian-architecture-firms/

Construction Update: Vancouver Art Gallery North Plaza Soft Opening

As we reach the last week of June we are excited to preview and share the North Plaza at the Vancouver Art Gallery as it nears completion!

For those who have not yet taken a peek at the new plaza, please note the next opportunity to see the plaza will be exclusively during the upcoming Canada Day celebrations and the 4th Annual Thai Festival on the weekend of July 22-23. The plaza will be closed in between and after these events through the end of summer 2017.

Earlier this month we had the honour to test the new pavers, while simultaneously testing popsicle flavours supplied by Johnny’s Pops, as a big thank you to the hard working on-site Jacob Brothers Construction team.

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Bollards that double as seats!

This past weekend, the rest of Vancouver had the opportunity to preview the North Plaza’s soft opening in light of Vancouver International Jazz Festival‘s offering of free performances during their Downtown Jazz Weekend at the Georgia Street stage.

Thank you to Ema Peter Photography for previewing her beautiful captures from Jazz Fest opening weekend. We look forward to sharing more as the plaza progresses and once it is fully complete!

The Vancouver Art Gallery North Plaza redevelopment team is comprised of Nick Milkovich Architects, Matthew Soules Architecture, and Hapa Collaborative. Learn more about the Plaza Redevelopment here: http://hapacobo.com/project/vancouver-art-gallery-north-plaza-redevelopment/

Hapa Collaborative
403 – 375 West Fifth Avenue
Vancouver, BC V5Y 1J6
+ 1 604 909 4150
info@hapacobo.com

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