tə šxʷhəleləm̓s tə k̓ʷaƛ̓kʷəʔaʔɬ (The Houses of the Ones Belonging to the Saltwater)

ClientUBC Properties Trust


Project TypeResidential

Value$125m / £65m


Designed in association with Hotson Architecture, this serves as a gateway to the Vancouver campus, creating and reinforcing connections to the vibrant and inclusive community.

By offering a number of mixed use commercial and service spaces with high visibility at street level, the residence reinforces and animates the major street frontages along the Student Union Boulevard.

The five individual residential blocks together provide 1,000 beds for upper year students in a mix of four bedroom apartments and studios.

In alignment with the University Boulevard Precinct Design Guidelines and Neighbourhood Plan, the project enriches the academic life of students by creating a ‘vibrant academic and social hub’ that provides a complete community for people to live, work, learn and play.

The project is designed to LEED Gold with a specific focus on reducing Green House Gas emissions.