Location
  • Vancouver, BC
Client
  • YWCA Metro Vancouver, Vancouver Public Library, City of Vancouver
Completion
2017
Size
  • 3,938 sq m
  • 42,388 sq ft
Collaborators
  • Applied Engineering Solutions Ltd
  • Cobalt Engineering
  • Haebler Construction
  • HAPA Collaborative
  • Recollective Consulting
  • RJC Engineers
DIALOG Services
  • Architecture
  • Interior Design
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The Vancouver Public Library, the City of Vancouver, and YWCA Metro Vancouver worked with DIALOG to provide an inclusive gathering space and affordable housing for single mothers and their children in an integrated effort to find a unique solution and enhance Vancouver's Downtown East Side with civic services. This project pairs a public library with affordable housing. It is named n?´c’a?mat ct (Musqeum for ‘We Are One’), and is the first building in Vancouver named in a Coast Salish language. Its novel progamme strengthens the neighbourhood's social fabric by providing safe amenities.
It's not about changing the community. It's about elevating the experience.
Michele Sigurdson - Interior design principal
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The YWCA Cause We Care House

The affordable housing portion of the project occupies the upper floors of the project. It's a 21-unit low-income, supportive housing facility for single mothers and their children. 

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Amenities are beautiful, and curated for the enhancement of all occupants' lives.

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Units feature materials that dignify the space and make inhabitants feel like they could be in any condo in downtown Vancouver.

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Home-like feelings are achieved through the wood-vinyl flooring, millwork, and fine bathroom finishings. Patios extend from the shell, overlooking a communal garden space.

Evoke new ideas for community enhancement

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Special Feature

Rooftop playground and garden The back of the programme functions as a safe place for children to play and mothers to gather.
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The colours shine bright in summer and winter alike.
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They bring warmth and stimulating environment to the YWCA Cause We Care House.