Winner: - Vancouver Regional Construction Association (VRCA) Silver Award of Excellence for a Heritage Project – 2012 - City of Vancouver Heritage Award – 2012 - Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver Building Awards– top honours in the Rental / Affordable Housing category – 2012 - Urban Development Institute – Best Affordable Housing – 2012
At approximagely 270 square feet in size, Burns Block features the smallest self-contained rental apartments in Vancouver. In a social-entrepreneur partnership, Reliance Properties and ITC Construction Group have renovated the century-old Burns Block, located at 18 West Hastings.
The micro-loft, an innovative rental housing concept for Vancouver combines heritage restoration with the creation of much needed non-subsidized rental housing in the area. This unique project supports the City of Vancouver's efforts at Heritage Conservation, Community Revitalization and creation of more affordable market rental units for working people.
The highly efficient interiors of the suites at Burns Block are influenced by space-saving design principles from Europe and Asia. The suites utilize pull-down wall beds with integrated folding tables and built-in desks to create a single multi-function living space.