The vitality of urban life meets the calm of a verdant, lush landscape at Green on Queensbury, Qualex Landmark’s planned community in North Vancouver. The two worlds also inspired Cristina Oberti, principal of Oberti Design, to create interiors with materials that at once reflect the surrounding nature and embrace the contemporary tastes of city dwellers.“The interior suites are classic yet contemporary, they’re where the urban and the natural meet,” says Cristina Oberti. “It’s a place for those who value the outdoors as much as they do city life. We tried to incorporate this fusion of lifestyles into the design, where you find a lot of natural materials and earthy tones mixed in with sleek, contemporary lines. The suites are designed to be both cosy and cosmopolitan, modern yet organic.”
In the otherwise all-white kitchen in the display space, Oberti has placed wine storage vertically within the cabinetry, clad in a light brown wood panelling that is a signature look throughout the home. The narrow shelving lures the eye upward to the ceiling, seeming to add height to the space. Oberti Design gives that brown panelling its star turn. The shade can be seen in the living room millwork, again in the large ensuite bathroom and in the bedroom headboard.
“The focal points of the display suite are the entertainment unit millwork and the master bedroom headboard design. They are the wow factors that grab the eye and that define and distinguish each space,” says Oberti.
The commitment to pairing natural and sophisticated materials continues in the bathroom, where it’s clear Oberti’s a fan of Bianco Carrara marble. “[The marble’s] versatility and intrinsic, effortless beauty make it timeless and forever ‘now,’” she says. “Bianco Carrara can be used in so many ways. It provides both the perfect neutral backdrop and the sophisticated punch that brings a space to life.”
Throughout the suite itself, Oberti points out her team’s dedication to using height, angles, asymmetry in millwork and storage spaces, to help homeowners combat clutter. In the living room wall unit, for instance, “we have a combination of open and closed storage spaces in varying heights. The cabinets are assorted asymmetrically, making it a playful yet simultaneously functional and sophisticated design, perfect for displaying or storing things away.”
At A Glance
What:164 one-, two- and three-bedroom condominiums and townhomes in three four-storey buildings overlooking five acres of parkland
Where: 707 — 747 East 3rd St., North Vancouver
Residence sizes and prices: Remaining one-bedroom units, 775 — 795 sq. ft., from $620,000s; two-bedroom homes between 823 — 1,084 sq. ft., from $705,000s; two- and three-bedroom park-front townhomes from 1,008 — 1,546 sq. ft., from about $1 million
Developer and builder: Qualex-Landmark Northern Limited Partnership
Sales centre address: 50 Queensbury Ave., (corner of East 3rd Street and Queensbury Ave.)
Sales centre hours: noon — 5 p.m., Sat. — Thurs.
by MARY FRANCES HILL, The Province
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