Award-winning Victoria-based developer, Abstract Developments, is nearing the reveal its most ambitious project to-date, a 75-unit, six-storey mixed-use condo and ground floor commercial building that promises to redefine modern architecture in Victoria.
"Black and White will be the most architecturally stimulating building we've ever done, and certainly one of the most iconic modern buildings in all of Victoria," says Abstract founder Mike Miller, adding that the Upper Fort location, on Fort at Cook streets, presents an opportunity to live on the cusp of downtown Victoria in a highly desirable established neighbourhood.
Designed by Victoria-based Cascadia Architects, Black and White's striking exterior façade commands attention with three alternating bands of black and white brick accentuated with wood-framed balconies and cedar soffits. Homes will be airy and bright with extensive windows and corner glazing components that maximize natural light. Generous patios and open-air balconies will integrate indoor and outdoor living spaces.
Junior, one- and two-bedroom homes and a penthouse collection ranging from 484 to 1,496 square feet will feature spacious floor plans that combine an elegant balance of contemporary and classic interior design. Underground parking will accommodate 73 vehicles.
Envisioned by award-winning interior designer Sandy Nygaard, kitchens come stocked with high-end stainless steel appliances including 36-inch Fisher & Paykel refrigerators, 30-inch Fulgor Milano wall ovens and Blomberg dishwashers. Both kitchens and bathrooms will feature flat-panel woodgrain cabinetry and painted upper cabinets with soft-close doors and drawers. Rich Caesarstone quartz countertops and backsplashes will be accented with chrome faucets, and setting the tone for daily indulgence are spa-inspired oversized soaker bathtubs and Alcove showers with rain-spout showerheads. Warm engineered wood plank flooring anchors living and dining spaces with thick 100% wool carpeting in bedrooms and porcelain tiles in bathrooms.
Although still weeks away from the official Black and White Grand Opening, Miller has revealed to Citified the project's unique amenity options that are sure to appeal to homeowners in search of amenity-rich living with on-demand services.
"We're introducing unique amenities for Black and White's residents, some of which we'll be referring to as Black and White Services. Ultimately what we're trying to create is a beyond ordinary amenity package that includes on-demand access to professionals who can help residents prepare large meals, pick the right bottles of wine, even 'rightsize' their move to Black and White, a service to help homeowners seamlessly transition into their new home," Miller said.
Other ownership privileges include an electric BMW car-share, electric bicycles, an exclusive two-storey common area overlooking the spirited Cook Street corridor with a fire pit and barbecue facilities.
And the project's commercial ground floor, comprised of tenants thus far only alluded to by Miller as "very, very exciting," will establish Black and White as a community focal point.
Black and White's price points, says Miller, represent a mix of entry-level homes and luxury residences.
"Pricing will range from entry-level ownership opportunities starting below $300,000 to a limited collection of exclusive penthouses. Regardless of price, at Abstract we're all about quality spaces, high quality design, and most importantly, quality construction and finishing in every home we build," Miller said.
The Grand Opening of Black and White's Presentation Centre will be April 16th. Construction is expected to begin this fall. C
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