Monthly Archives: February 2014

Rooftop Amenities at 1 Yorkville

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When you’re living in one of the best cities in the world wouldn’t you want to take in the scenery from on top of the world? The rooftop at 1 Yorkville boasts the perfect atmosphere and amenities to host a fabulous party in the summer or in the winter.

Last week we released some renderings of the amenities on the 4th and 5th floor, but we’ve got a few more renderings that will make you wonder when you can get your BBQ on.

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Why 3D Printing is the next big thing in architecture

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We’re always on the hunt for new and cool architecture trends and we’ve noticed that 3D printing has been making headlines for quite some time now. Considering that you can 3D print almost anything in the world, from skin grafts to guns, it’s safe to say that 3D printing is the future of printing.

For those who are unfamiliar with 3D printing, it is a process of making a physical object from a 3D model. Thin layer upon thin layer of material (usually concrete in construction) is laid down until it’s built up to the full object/structure. It’s very common in the healthcare industry but it’s making it’s way into other industries too, like architecture.

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2 reasons why Dubai’s architecture is among the best in the world


A few months ago we decided to start a new blog series where we take a look at different architectural and design trends from around the world. We started off the Bazis world tour by checking out the buildings and architecture in Japan, one of our favourite countries. This time we take a look at one of the most cosmopolitan places in the world: Dubai. Continue reading

6 of the World’s Best Athletes’ Villages

You don’t have to be a sports fan to get sucked into the Olympics. We’ve been glued to our TV screens, Youtube, Twitter, and anywhere else we can catch a glimpse of the Olympics.

Because we’re so obsessed with the Olympics at the moment, we decided to take a look at what became of some Athletes’ Villages from past years. From dorms to mixed-use communities, most of the Villages continue to be used, often thanks to innovations in design and sustainability.

Calgary, 1988 Winter Olympic Games


When Calgary hosted the Winter Olympics over 25 years ago, five new buildings were constructed on the University of Calgary campus to house athletes from around the world. These buildings later became student residences.

The entire campus experienced a bit of a makeover thanks to the Olympics. The Olympic Oval continues to be used as a training centre for athletes from around the world, and the student union and Department of Kinesiology facilities also got a fresh new look.

Barcelona, 1992 Summer Olympic Games


The apartments that were used to house athletes and officials for the 1992 Summer Olympic Games in Barcelona were half sold before the games even started. The remaining apartments were sold over the next few years (albeit slowly due to the recession), with the last apartment sold in 1996. According to a study on the Village post-Games, many of the houses were bought by families with disabilities as the entire Village was created with accessibility in mind.

Sydney, 2000 Summer Olympic Games


For the 2000 Summer Olympic Games, Sydney built its Olympic Village in New South Wales, in the newly-transformed suburb of Newington. Similar to other Villages, the area was converted to hundreds of residential apartments after the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

More homes were built in the community after the Olympics and today Newington is completely occupied.

Like many Olympic Villages, this was built with a focus on sustainability. Solar panels grace the rooftops of every home in Newington to take advantage of the abundant sunshine. There’s also a dual water system in place, allowing for water to be cleaned and reused within the community.

Beijing, 2008 Summer Olympic Games


Beijing’s Olympic Village was built in the northern part of the city, a short distance from the Bird’s Nest stadium and the Water Cube. Thousands of guest rooms were built in 42 buildings in order to accommodate all the athletes and officials coming in from around the world.

The entire project was built to LEED Gold standards (a rarity in China), with a water-recycling system and the use of some solar-powered lighting.

The apartments were sold to the public, with some units sold before the games even began.

Vancouver, 2010 Winter Olympic Games


Vancouver’s Olympic Village is one of the greenest, keeping in line with Vancouver’s own personal city targets. The Village was designed to be Canada’s first LEED Gold community and a leader in energy efficiency with sustainable features like solar heating and green roofs.

The Village became a mixed-use, amenity-rich residential community, but things got complicated with the recession hitting just as construction was beginning. Vancouver was under some financial strain after the Olympics, but they are moving towards paying off the debt as they continue to sell the remaining condominiums. Deciding how to develop a few remaining parcels of empty land near the Village will be the next step.

London, 2012 Summer Olympic Games

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Fresh in our minds is the London Summer Olympic Games – one of our favourites to date! The first residents of the now-refurbished Olympic Village started moving in in November 2013. Some of the rooms were converted into larger flats with as many as five bedrooms, some of which are owned with others available for rent on Get Living London.

New roads have been built, including Cheering Lane and Celebration Avenue. All of the new homes have also been built to the Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4, the highest level of energy efficiency for residential development.

A Look at DesignAgency’s Impressive Portfolio

Last year, we spoke with Allen Chan from the DesignAgency – the team responsible for the interior design of 1 Yorkville. We briefly mentioned their impressive design portfolio but let’s jump in and take a look at three selections of their work that we particularly love. Continue reading