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Hapa in Seattle

As last month gave us record-breaking amounts of rainfall, us Hapsters intercepted that streak… by visiting the other rain city— Seattle. Our Pacific Northwestern neighbours became our team’s destination at the beginning of November. From simple refreshers to new places to remember, the 2016 Hapster retreat saw nineteen of us strong (including two cute babies) covering a lot of ground in only 2 ½ days. Fortunately, we were only covered by a little bit of rain on our last day.

We had the opportunity to explore much of Downtown, as well as the vicinity of: South Lake Union, Capitol Hill, First Hill, Belltown, and Lower Queen Anne. Highlights of our stay include: walking across from our hotel to see PWP Landscape Architecture’s United States Federal Courthouse; tinkering around Seattle Center Artists at Play by Site Workshop (with Trimpin, Judith Caldwell and Highwire) by the freshly branded MoPop museum (formerly EMP Museum); popping by Westlake Park; meeting our contemporary art quotas at the Henry Art Gallery (especially James Turrell Skyspace Light Reign); sailing through the green roof atop SAM/Russell Investments Centre (formerly Washington Mutual and Chase Centre) by PFS Studio; walking through GGN’s Lower Rainier Vista at University of Washington campus; and a quick visit to Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (also by GGN). Of course, we also had to make a stop at Peter Miller Books and the stunning Chapel of St. Ignatius by Steven Holl. More highlights in photos captured by some of us on this very page.

Seattle, we enjoyed the many small places to meet in the midst of your seemingly vast streetscape. Though our stay was short and sweet, #hapainseattle 2016 was not short of great insights, inspiration, innovation and craft beer goodness. Thanks to our fellow Hapsters Shelley and Laura (aka Long and MacD!) for organising our inaugural Hapster trivia night.

A special thanks to Bernie Alonzo and Grant Stewart of GGN for their time in walking us through the University of Washington.

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Chromer Building Parklet & Streatery by GGN.


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Bonus question: Hapa Coat of Arms Designs, ad hoc.

Bonus question: Hapa Coat of Arms Designs, ad hoc.

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Seriously some of the best pizza @ Serious Pie.


Hapa Does Vancouver Rooftop Garden Tours

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Last week, some of the Hapa team had the opportunity to enjoy an exclusive Vancouver Rooftop Garden tour by bicycle, spanning from False Creek and Coal Harbour to the Downtown Eastside. Our tour stops comprised of: The Central; Vancouver Convention Centre West Roof Habitat, Lore Krill Housing Co-op, and 626 Alexander.

Our first stop was only a 5 minute ride away to meet with Jennifer, a resident of The Central (Connect Landscape Architecture, 2014). The Central is a 19-storey mixed use designed by Bruce Haden (of DIALOG, formerly HBBH) with a Skybridge joining commercial and residential components.
Although it is a new addition to the neighbourhood, it has quickly become a distinguished neighbour of the Telus World of Science, which shares the same street. The Central boasts a wellness centre spanning 7,000 square feet, which includes a fitness centre, yoga studio, theatre and the rooftop terrace. The terrace is home to a small playground and currently 32 garden beds. Residents can rent out an adjacent kitchen/event room that looks out onto the burgeoning, surrounding works-in-progress of False Creek.

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Merely a 13 minute pedal from The Central is the Waterfront icon, Vancouver Convention Centre West (PWL Partnership Landscape Architects, 2009). Home of the largest living roof in Canada, the award-winning centre is certified LEED Platinum, which translates to annually recycling 180,000 kg of materials in beautiful form, among many other things.

The building Engineer, Paul, was happy to share with us that among the 400,000 indigenous plants & grasses living on the six-acre roof habitat, there are also over 60,000 bees that help provide honey for the centre’s “scratch” kitchen. The kitchen itself promotes the use of fresh, local and seasonal ingredients. Therefore no chemical fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides are used on the roof and 30% less energy is required to cool the building in the summertime.

If one is lucky to find themselves on this roof habitat, it is easy to lose track of where it begins and ends, or to imagine you are Julie Andrews frolicking north of the Alps.

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When asked what maintenance work looks like, Paul mentioned it takes a crew of 6 landscapers over the period of one week to properly manicure the roof. Approximately 11,000 pounds of grass and plants are cut annually, some of which are used as compost back onto the roof.
However the one exception may have been in November 2015, when the centre, in partnership with WeedBusters, raised money for Movember Foundation, and sculpted a 182 feet wide by 45 feet tall moustache on the roof.

After a glance of the underwater marine habitat and the Seawheeze Half Marathon festivities along the seawall, we mobilized towards the Northeast for our last official stop, the Lore Krill Housing Co-op (Henriquez Partners Architects, 2002), led by resident, Andrew. As with any co-operative housing model, Lore Krill requires prospective members to undergo an extensive application process, if any of the 106 units happen to be available. With studio to 5-bedroom options, the fruits of members’ labour became evident to us, upon being greeted by the water feature in the shared courtyard, and visiting 1 of 5 of the lush, landscaped rooftop terraces. We had a prime view of the iconic Woodwards ‘W’ and were certain that the garden plots contained enough ingredients for a few days’ worth of lunch salads.

A unique aspect of Lore Krill is not only its stunning interlocking structures connected with bridges, but the fact that more than 50% of the building is universally accessible (most buildings are only 10% accessible). The Co-op’s brick facade is a quintessential Gastown choice, complimenting HPA’s other project, the Woodward’s Redevelopment. The Co-op was named after a late active DTES resident who founded the Main and Hastings Housing Society, Four Corners Community Savings Bank, and Bruce Eriksen Place.

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Our bonus stop was Inform Vancouver on 50 Water Street, by Niels Bendtsen and Omer Arbel. We were glad to discover more happy bees, photographic opportunities, and views of Blood Alley and Gastown.

Our Rooftop Garden Tour concluded at the newest project on the roster, 626 Alexander designed by Gair Williamson with landscaping by Hapa Collaborative. 626 consists of a shared courtyard complete with a harvest table and communal barbeque area. A variety of climbing vines help screen the courtyard from the adjacent building. Custom aluminum planters divide the rooftop patios while the tall screening plantings offering shade.

The tour was a refreshing reminder for landscape designers to not only provide a great view from a gym or studio, but to highly consider incorporating shade and accessibility for rooftop terraces or shared outdoor spaces. Indoor amenities were less of a focus and urban agriculture was popular among all of our stops.

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Many thanks to fellow Hapsters Shelley, Vivianne and our Social Committee for organising our tour. A special thanks to our guides (Jennifer, Paul and Andrew) for their time in sharing these beautiful green spaces with us. It is one thing to know of the biodiversity in Vancouver but another to understand and experience it. While these stops were only a few examples in the city, it is certainly valuable to have residential and commercial spaces rooted in community history, cultivating a future for urban agriculture in the city. Visit our Instagram feed for more images and updates: @hapacobo.

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HAPA goes RIPE!

This weekend, the Hapsters attended RIPE 2015 in support and celebration of 20 years (and hopefully 20 more!) of Vancouver’s Farmer’s Markets.

We ate lots of delicious seasonal food made from local produce by chefs at some of Vancouver’s top restaurants including Forage, Vij’s Rangoli, and Graze to name a few!

Hapa’s relationship with the Vancouver Farmers Market began with the design of a multi-use covered space for the Farmers Market at Hillcrest Riley Park, which is still under development. We are happy and proud to support our local farmers and food!

 

 

Loving our Hapa Swell Bottles!

Getting Wild!

Hapsters had their Christmas Holiday hangout at the Wildebeest last night…oh what a night it was.  Delicious food, creative cocktails like horseradish sour and great company made for a fun night!  The am after was not so fun for some but well worth it.

Looking forward to another great year with an amazing team!

 

 

Hapa Holiday and a Collaborative New Year!

A quick note to our friends and colleagues to say thank you for a wonderful year of collaboration, hard work and fun.  The entire crew at Hapa wants to wish you a relaxing and peaceful holiday and all the best for 2015.

 

 

You think you can dance Canada, you better watch out… Hapa’s got mad skillz!

T’is the season to be jolly.  A little holiday cheer and giggles from the Hapsters to you!  I had no idea we can move like that, keep an out for us in the next season of “You Think You Can Dance Canada!

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Have a Happy Hapa Holiday to you and your family!

Hapa’s new look

As most of you know Hapa has adopted a new look a few months ago, new logo, cards and website.  Thanks to Nanda at Lake Visual Communication we love it!

Learn more bout the branding process here: https://www.behance.net/gallery/20243999/Hapa

Hapster News!

We have been very busy doing Hapa stuff.  So, it’s taken a while for us to officially announce some good news.  First of all, we’re happy to let you know that Hanako Amaya and Sarah Siegel have been named as Associates with Hapa.

Sarah Siegel, BSCLA has been with Hapa since 2011. Before joining us, she worked with Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates in Brooklyn, where she contributed to several high profile projects in New York and Toronto.  She is an exceptional designer who has worked on all stages of projects from schematic design to construction administration, often as project manager. Sarah excels at the compilation and preparation of illustrations and diagramming graphics for presentations and planning work.

Hanako Amaya, BCSLA has also been with Hapa since 2011.  With a unique background that combines technical rigor and design sophistication, she injects the Hapa studio with a strong engineering competency and modern design aesthetic. She’s looking forward to taking on new responsibilities and to continue working on inspiring and ambitious Hapa projects.

Wait…there’s more, since the beginning of the year we’ve also added a few talented new Hapsters to the family.  We’re happy to announce that (from left to right) Lisa Lang – BC SLA Intern, Glenis Canete – BC SLA Intern, Nicole La Hausse de Lalouviere – M. Arch., Vivianne Harms – M. Arch. and Linda Ng – Office Guru have all joined the Hapa team.

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       Linda

To learn more about each individual hapster, check out our team page.