An Inspired Vision for
Discover Kelowna’s First Urban Village
Welcome to the new Bernard Block, a master-planned urban oasis encompassing two residential towers, a commercial tower, and street-facing businesses and boutiques.
The Brooklyn and Bertram residential towers will bring life and energy to the area, while the Block offices will become a new hub for creativity and economic growth in the downtown core.
At the end of the block and a three-minute walk from Bertram, you’ll find the new mixed-use UBC campus, providing an exciting pathway for regional access to the world-class programming UBC delivers. This is an exhilarating new chapter for the growth of downtown Kelowna.
“Meet Me At The Flumes”
Inspired by the agricultural history of the Okanagan, The Flumes will become a new city landmark and iconic meeting point for locals and tourists alike. Located on the corner of Bernard and St. Paul, the Flumes encourages movement by foot and by bike, making Bernard Block a new hub for activity in the heart of downtown.
With tributes to the First Nation peoples of the area and inspired by Bernard Avenue’s streetscape revitalization, Bernard Block’s design integrates materials and elements rooted in Kelowna’s natural and cultural heritage.
In the pursuit of finding an artful positioning for the building’s base, inspiration grew from a bird’s nest found in the area, which became a cunning expression of the most rudimentary types of dwelling. Primarily comprised of grass stalks and blades from the area, the notion of native grasses is now a metaphor for the foil coverage that is shown at the Block’s building base.
Sedimentary deposits in the lower hill and mountain areas are an important and visible part of the region. Bertram’s design incorporates a reference to this through its robust, deep concrete wall which forms an anchor point to the floating base.
Delicate “cirrus clouds” allow light into the parkade. These elements, including grasses and reeds, were once used to craft useful objects such as mats, baskets and fabrics. The foil on the parkade’s podium creatively weaves these elements to form a basket.