MC2 Residential Towers

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James K.M. Cheng Architects Inc.
Olympic International
October 2012

Vancouver’s MC2 Residential Towers Heats Up with Jaga

Located in Vancouver, the new MC2 residential towers by Intracorp Corporation has the city buzzing. With features recognized as a “winning formula” by the Vancouver Sun, MC2’s two towers showcase an innovative design and layout, offering its residents a chance to enjoy parks, shopping and community centres with close access to public transportation and bike paths .  Its one and two-bedroom units will overlook downtown Vancouver, the North Shore mountains and the water.

Designed by noted architect James Cheng and interior design firm, Trepp Design, the project reveals modern design with exceptional function, exceeding LEED Gold standards. More than 80 percent of the units were sold on the first weekend!

To heat and cool residences, architects and developers wanted a dynamic solution that worked in small spaces. With units averaging 400-800 square feet, developers required a system that was minimally invasive and enabled residents to maximize the space for living. It would also need to provide controls for individual zones and work in conjunction with an ultra-efficient air-to-water heat pump.

Quiet and Stylish

In the design, architects separated units into two zones – a living room and bedroom zone. The system uses motion-activated thermostats, creating an energy-efficient living environment with custom climate control based on the residents’ lifestyle and preferences. 

To provide a unique solution that enhanced the desired interior aesthetic, Jaga customized a casing for its convectors to match interior colours and styles.  Jaga’s Briza convectors are built into the wall beneath bedroom windows, providing a sleek, yet functional heating and cooling solution. The thinnest fan coil on the market at 4.5 inches, the Briza is a hybrid heating solution that warms in the winter and cools in the summer to keep residents comfortable at any temperature. 

Jaga Micro Canals are used in MC2 living spaces. As Jaga’s shallowest trench heating solution, the Micro Canal is placed along the perimeter as a “kick plate” heater. Where forced air solutions require extensive ductwork, the micro canal is only 5.5” high and 2.5” wide, minimizing the amount of space required between floors as ducting is completely eliminated. The heating appliance completely blends into the living space, so you don’t even notice it’s there! Also, with its compact size, Jaga dynamic products allow developers to add floors – or spacious pent house units, which can provide additional revenue.

In addition to the convectors’ compact size, efficiency and style, developers selected the units because they were quiet. The minimal noise allows residents to enjoy the sounds of the local environment without interruption or buzzing from the heating and cooling system.

With Jaga and other partners, Intracorp is creating “sustainable urbanism” – and a project that will be widely referenced throughout North America.

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