Monday, May 3, 2021

Architect of the proposed Lax Kw'alaams Apartment complex on 11th named as a 2021 Architectural award winner

The eye catching design of the proposed Lax Kw'alaams Apartment complex for 11th Avenue east is just one of a portfolio of projects that have gained Michael Green Architecture the 2021 Architectural Firm Award as announced in Canadian Architect this past week.

The firm which worked with the Human Studio on the Lax Kw'alaams housing concept is featured in the current edition of the Canadian publication. 

The project proposed for 11th Avenue East on the city's east side still awaits is public hearing in Prince Rupert, the concept design for it was among a number of the company's works noted in this article.

The focus for some of the impressive projects is the use of wood in the design of developments, with Michael Green Architecture often saluted for their creative approach to the signature feature for British Columbia architecture.

As the Canadian Architecture piece notes the British Columbia firm has a strong passion for the use of wood, so much so, that Michael Green has hosted a TED talk in the past on the vision of building wooden Skyscrapers. 

The Prince Rupert project has stirred up some controversy related to the current location under consideration, most recently the topic was featured at Prince Rupert City Council's Committee of the Whole last week. 

And while some of the area residents may be suggesting that the much needed housing proposal is in the wrong location, there certainly won't be many that won't take note of its stunning design. 

With more than a few perhaps to wonder if an impressive and clearly vital housing resource such as this may have a future in a more central location of the city. 

One where it could be the key showcase towards Council's desires for a shifting focus towards more housing in the downtown area.More on housing on the Northwest can be reviewed here.


  1. It would be nice if the design fit the location. The recent zoom conference identified problems with this project. Shortage of parking. Variance required for height. The only reason given over height was more units. Doesn't matter what you build it out it should fit the location.

  2. Such a magnificent building should be showcased downtown at the Elizabeth Apartment site not hidden in the woods.

    1. Totally agree, it would be a beautiful addition to downtown and provide services and transit to its residents.
      But the Elizabeth Lot is not owned by the city.

      As for the lot on 11th, two years of discussions led to 1.4 acres of city owned land being leased for development at a price of $1 for 60 years.

      Feel free to contact city hall to request how they arrived at those terms under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIPPA)

      For those that are not aware;

      The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIPPA) promotes transparency and accountability in our municipality, balancing the public’s right to access government information with the protection of individual’s private information.

    2. The mayor and most of the council ran on transparency. This is the least transparent city hall ever. They continue to block in person hearings using Covid as an excuse. Back room dealings with a select few developers. Property offered up and the taxpayers don't know what properties are being offered or what we own. Port Edward has a transparent list for all developers.

      The deal on Kingdom Hall for RCMP. As a taxpayer I don't understand the move to the downtown core. They say it is to be by the court house. I can't think of many cities that build a police station on one of the main lots their city. Does anyone know what we paid the deal is complete the information should be public knowledge.

      This administration is failing the taxpayers and citizens of prince Rupert.