A Vision of Equitable Housing
A Plan to Turn a Former Jail Into Rental Housing
Gregory Henriquez believes that transforming a former city jail into affordable rental housing is poetry.
He is the architect behind the transformation of the former remand centre at 211 Gore into 95 units of rental housing in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.
“The poetic metaphor of transforming a jail into housing is really a healthy message for any society,” says Mr. Henriquez, seated inside his upstairs office in the old B.C. Securities heritage building at Homer and Pender. The office is grand with plaster cornices, tall windows and marble floors.
“Incarcerating people isn’t the answer,” says Mr. Henriquez. “Housing them is.”
He has become known as the Vancouver architect with the vision toward equitable housing. He is the designer behind the Woodward’s Building, lauded as a successful merger of low-income housing and market housing, as well as the affordable Downtown Eastside condo project at 60 W. Cordova.
Continue reading “A Plan to Turn a Former Jail Into Rental Housing” by Kerry Gold at the Globe and Mail.