Sophisticated design distinguishes development's second phase


(THE PROVINCE) — When Cheryl Broadhead designed the display suites of Station Square’s two towers in the project’s second phase, she had one goal in mind. She wanted these two homes to project their own personality and stand separate from their predecessors at the Metrotown-area project’s first towers.

Station Square’s residential development will be part of a massive revamp of the original retail neighbourhood and eventually include amenities, restaurants and pedestrian-focused spaces.

“We didn’t want the project to be cookie-cutter design with everyone living in the same suites,” says Broadhead, a co-principal with Ada Bonini of BYU Design.

In the first phase, Broadhead’s work on the display suites were marked by Italian kitchen design, ample storage, and contrasts of dark and light hues in the kitchen.

“The second phase is a bit more sophisticated than the first,” she adds.

“There were design elements in the first tower that we felt we needed to keep, but the approach was to make it a bit more grown up.”

That grown-up vibe can be seen throughout both the one- and two-bedroom display homes in muted tones of grey with brown accents, and a more dominant white in a kitchen. It can be seen in the sense of order in one living space, such as the light grey sofa and chair set arranged to allow the cook to carry on a conversation with anyone in the living room, or the dining space to the side.

In one bedroom, she and the BYU team created the look of one cohesive unit made of the bed, wall covering and bedside tables. A horizontal panel above the bed broadens the room. “We wanted to have a fully built-in and panelled bed, but didn’t want an overwhelming amount of wood or heavy upholstered panels, because of the light and airy scheme [in the suites],” Broadhead says. “We opted for using wall covering with small profile trim to frame the wall, and tie it into the bed and side tables, which anchor the unit.”

One kitchen includes darker panelled cupboards, and the other is all white, a palette Broadhead likes for its adaptability to trends and personal taste. White, she says, is a great canvas for a homebuyer’s imagination.

“[White] allows purchasers to envision their furniture within the space because everything works with it. The scheme makes the space feel larger and brighter, which most people are looking for.”

In the midst of that sense of order, Broadhead injects some flair with tall, cone-like patio planters and light fixtures, which, she says, “add some patterning and playfulness to the spaces.”

Project: Station Square, Phase II

Project size: Phase II comprises 767 homes in two towers, 48 and 38 storeys, and is part of a five-tower community with a total of 1,800 condominiums
Where: 115 — 4600 Kingsway at McKay Ave., Burnaby
Residence sizes and prices: 513 — 1,505 sq. ft, from $249,900
Builder and developer: Anthem Properties and Beedie Living
Sales centre: 115 — 4600 Kingsway at McKay Ave., Burnaby
Hours: noon — 6 p.m., Sat — Thurs

“We didn’t want the project to be cookie-cutter design with everyone living in the same suites.”