October 24, 2016
By Kathleen Freimond
Modern, hotel-inspired interiors define the 303 apartments in Fulton House, the 41-storey residential tower slated to add a dramatic flair to the Burnaby skyline in 2019.
The Polygon highrise is one of the latest developments in the burgeoning Brentwood neighbourhood in North Burnaby. The tower will feature two multi-storey frames of LED lights (one red and one blue) recessed into the building. One frame will be visible from Madison Avenue and the other, on the southeast corner, will be seen from Highway 1.
While the clean lines and contemporary finishes in the apartments create the backdrop for elegant living, the site may be the biggest draw: It’s close to SkyTrain stations on the Millennium Line, the new 41,000-square-foot Whole Foods on Lougheed Highway, the soon-to-be revitalized Brentwood Mall and numerous stores and restaurants.
Vincent Tam, senior associate with Buttjes Architecture, says the building’s elevated base accommodates parking for Fulton residents and provides the terraced space that connects to Fulton Club, the tower’s 28,000-square-foot indoor-outdoor resort-style fitness centre. Fulton Club features cardio and weight-training equipment, a pool, hot tub, sauna and yoga studio. The terrace also features a children’s play space and a dog-friendly area. In another nod to man’s best friend, the building even has a dog-grooming station.
Homebuyers can select from eight apartment floor plans ranging from a 546-square-foot one-bedroom apartment to the largest two-bedroom option at 919 square feet. In addition, there are five three-storey city homes facing Madison Avenue.
Special attention has been paid to the kitchen design: Stylish flat-panel custom cabinetry complements the appliances, which include a KitchenAid gas cooktop and self-cleaning oven and an Energy Star dishwasher. There is also a built-in microwave and a hood fan with three-speed slide control, says Celia Dawson, senior vice-president of interior design for Polygon Interior Design. Liebherr fridges are standard, with a 24-inch model in the one-bedroom apartments and a larger 30-inch model in the two-bedroom homes.
White glass tiles provide a sophisticated contrast to the grey engineered stone selected for the countertops and kitchen islands displayed at the sales centre at 2338 Madison Ave., Burnaby. Buyers can choose from three colour palettes: Mocha, Earl Grey and Vanilla.
Dawson says the ensuite bathrooms have a luxurious ambience. “The over-sized shower, with a frameless door, has a rain shower head with a hand-held wand and integrated bench seating.”
The floating flat-paneled vanity, topped with the same engineered stone counter top used in the kitchens, features an under-mount sink and has a generous surface area for products and makeup, adds Dawson.
The marble-inspired 12-by-24-inch porcelain tiles on the bathroom floor and shower walls beautifully complement the grey countertop.
One of the standout features in the apartments, says Tam, is the side-by-side washers and dryers rather than the more usual stacked laundry appliances. The side-by-side appliances come with some extra space that can be used to air laundry or for extra storage.
The living areas are designed to be awash with natural light streaming in through large low-E windows and sliding or swinging glass doors to the balconies. Tam says the low-E windows, dual-flush toilets and Energy Star appliances all contribute to the building’s LEED Silver certification.
Laminate floors provide a seamless transition between the living area and kitchen—making the space appear larger—while carpets offer a softer surface in the bedrooms. Pot lights provide ambient and task lighting throughout the apartments leaving homeowners with the option of adding decorative lighting if it suits their own design esthetic.
Fulton House has a parking bay for each home, electric car plug-in stations, four car wash stations and visitor parking.
The Fulton House show suite is located at
2338 Madison Ave., Burnaby,