Kwayatsut Receives 2016 Vancouver Urban Design Award

BYRC Vancouver Native Housing Mixed-Use Special Needs

Winners of the Vancouver Urban Design Awards were chosen in nine categories, with added special jury awards. Kwayatsut by NSDA Architects and landscape architect Perry + Associates, recieved the Large-Scale Residential Building Category Award.

Kwayatsut is a partnership between BC Housing, the City of Vancouver, the Broadway Youth Resource Centre (BYRC) and the Vancouver Native Housing Society. It consists of 103 units, including transitional housing, plus 10,000 sq.ft. of retail space and a 15,000 sq.ft. community resource centre.

Approximately thirty of the residents will be youth. The remainder of the units will be available to individuals who have low incomes and are or at risk of becoming unhoused.

The BYRC is an integral multi-agency centre that provides a wide range of social, health, housing, education, employment and life skills services to homeless and at-risk youth between the ages of 12 and 24.

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