November 17, 2017

Currents at Water’s Edge reflects the beauty of the mighty Fraser

The soft natural colours echo the riverside setting of this South Vancouver development, while the materials and finishes are versatile enough to suit almost any style of décor.

By Kathleen Freimond

The floating vanity and other features in the bathroom contribute to a spa-like feeling.

Artist’s rendering of the mid-rise development Currents at Water’s Edge.

The architecture and design of Currents at Water’s Edge reflects its riverside setting. The building’s light-coloured brick, copper panels, and timber-and-steel entryway trellis evoke the area’s maritime heritage, while the interiors echo the timeless quality of the Fraser River.
The Polygon development on Riverwalk Avenue comprises 141 one-, two- and three-bedroom homes ranging from 560 to 1,742 square feet in two concrete mid-rise buildings in the River District, between Boundary Road and Kerr Street in south Vancouver.
Celia Dawson, senior vice-president of interior design at Polygon Interior Design, says the location inspired a classic, timeless and clean design that will be flexible for the buyers.
“I just love the location—the [Fraser] River is so beautiful on a sunny day, so quiet and serene,” she says.
Both colour palettes, Terra and the lighter Cielo, establish a design esthetic that easily adapts to buyers’ personal style, says Dawson.
“The materials and finishes create a background that is flexible whether they want to decorate in a contemporary Italian or French-country style,” she adds.
In the kitchen, the light-coloured engineered stone countertop keeps the whole space visually quiet while the darker marble tile backsplash provides depth. The white cabinet doors feature a reverse-Shaker style with a raised panel profile, a subtle touch that enhances the elegance of the kitchen, says Dawson. In the corner cupboard a lazy Susan makes the storage space accessible while integrated panels conceal the 24-inch dishwasher and the 36-inch French-door refrigerator with a bottom-mount freezer. Soft-close mechanisms on the drawers and cabinets will keep noise in the kitchen to a minimum, while the polished chrome pulls contribute to the classic ambience. A double stainless steel sink, Grohe faucet with pullout spray and rollout recycling station take care of the practical aspects.

Reverse Shaker-style cabinet doors in the kitchen.

“The materials and finishes create
a background that is flexible
whether they want to decorate
in a contemporary Italian
or French-country style.”

— Celia Dawson,
Senior vice-president of interior design,
Polygon Interior Design

A classical ambience and practical layout make the kitchen a functional space.

Low-E glazed windows make for better energy efficiency in the bedrooms.

At the display suite, the Broan slide-in hood fan above the 30-inch Bosch gas cooktop and self-cleaning wall oven enhances the unobtrusive style of the kitchen that includes a large island with a 10-inch overhang—plenty of space to comfortably tuck in a few stools.
“The kitchen is part of the larger living space, so we want it to present as one big room. Integrating the appliances makes the whole space seem large and airy. If you draw attention to features like a [signature] hood fan it chops up the space,” says Dawson.
The wood-style laminate flooring throughout the kitchen, dining room and living room visually connects the open-plan design that features nine-foot ceilings in the main living areas.
In the bedrooms, neutral-coloured wall-to-wall carpet will be cosy underfoot in the colder months while the low-E glazed windows maximize energy efficiency.
In the bathroom the floating vanity with under-cabinet lighting, undermount double sinks and large mirrors (open the centre panel for the medicine cabinet) contribute to a spa-like setting while the finish of the polished chrome faucets maintain continuity with the fixtures in the kitchen. The frameless shower enclosure has a rain showerhead with wand and integrated bench seating.
“It’s very practical. You can use the bench for products like shampoo, and for bathing,” says Dawson.
While the extra design finishes, such as the curved television and electric fireplace in the living room, are not part of the package, they do provide ideas for how buyers may furnish their homes.
“A fireplace is lovely when you live down by the water and the warmth of the caramel (wall covering) colours make the space feel so comfortable,” she says.
The Energy Star-rated appliances and the hydronic (water-based) baseboard heating system are a nod to the sustainable initiatives incorporated into the design.
Amenities at Currents at Water’s Edge will include a residents-only fitness studio, a central courtyard with children’s play area, a rooftop terrace, meeting room with kitchen and outdoor space, bike storage and underground parking.
The Currents at Water’s Edge sales centre is located at 3202 Riverwalk Ave. in Vancouver. For more information, call 604-451-8518 or visit


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