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Studio 9 sponsors CNOY

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Coldest Night of the Year (CNOY) is a family-friendly national walk-a-thon that helps raise funds for charities that serve hungry, homeless and hurting people in over 100 communities across Canada.  The event in Nelson is hosted by Nelson CARES Society.  This year, Studio 9 became an event sponsor because we want everyone to have a warm, safe home, especially during our cold winters.  Please consider coming out to support this great community event!

On Saturday, Feb 22nd registration opens at 4pm at Central (Wildflower) School – 811 Stanley Street. There is a 2km, 5km & 10km walk about town ending at St Joseph’s School – 523 Mill Street for a warm bowl of chili. Complete with high-fives. Head to to sign up or donate… NOW.

Gorgeous Getaway 5 minutes from Nelson!

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There’s a new home going up in Nelson’s newest subdivision, Osprey Heights!  Studio 9 Architecture + Planning has teamed with local builder North Mountain Construction to offer a premium architecturally designed home on an exceptional lot.  Osprey Heights offers private, wooded lots only a 5-minute drive from downtown Nelson.

A contemporary, architecturally designed home that merges indoor living spaces with a naturally wooded forest.  This beautifully sleek and modern home nestles into the surrounding landscape to capitalize on views towards Kootenay Lake and the mountains beyond.  Expansive openings to a generous covered deck, vaulted ceilings, and a timber framed carport with custom wood detailing make this home desirable.  Thought and consideration was poured into the siting of the building as well as the spaces, both inside and out.  The home features abundant room for parking and storage combined with an open concept efficient floor plan.  It has all the space you need and nothing you don’t!  Use a portion of downstairs for yourself or separate it from the rest of the home for a short or long-term rental to help with your mortgage.

This home has not yet been constructed and affords you the opportunity to make custom design modifications to suit your needs.  Modifications can include changes to floor plans, material finishes, energy efficiency, and more.

The real estate listing for this home can be viewed here (weblink coming soon!)




LOWER LEVEL – shaded area denotes area possible to close off for short-term or long term rental suite.

Compact Living for Downtown Rossland

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Sourdough Row, a proposed 7-unit, mixed-use building in the heart of downtown Rossland may soon add six compact residential suites and one commercial space to downtown Rossland.  The building will occupy a long standing vacant area along the historic alley known as Sourdough Row, located just off Spokane Street, half a block north of Columbia Avenue.  This prime location will offer residents easy walking access to all of Rossland’s downtown services and views south towards the mountains.

Active Learning Spaces for Nelson’s Wildflower School

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Nelson’s Wildflower School asked Studio 9 to envision how they could transform blank, spacious hallways into active learning spaces for their students.  A learning hub at the intersection of the hallways and a social stair with storage cabinets and slide were some of the ideas we came up with.  The Parent Advisory Committee is currently seeking funding to complete the project.  These permanent installations will dramatically improve the function of the over-sized hallways in this century old school and offer the students unique spaces for creative forms of learning and sharing.

Red Mountain Resort

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Studio 9 is proud to announce the start of a great new relationship with Red Mountain Ventures.  Studio 9 has been selected to assist the development team at Red Mountain Ventures to design several new additions for Red Mountain Ski Resort.  After successfully raising $10M as part of their Fight the Man, Own the Mountain campaign, Red Mountain is ready to move into Phase 2 of their ski and recreation area development plan.  Some of the additions include expansions to Paradise Lodge, High Performance Ski Rental Shop, and the Main Lodge.  Much of this work is in anticipation of the completion of the Josie Hotel for the 2017-2018 ski season.

As part of Red Mountain’s ongoing base area development, Studio 9 is also working on preliminary designs for a new 50 bed hostel expected to be completed within the next two years.  You can view this video of for a summary of Red’s Fight the Man, Own the Mountain crowdfunding campaign – a first of its kind in the ski resort industry.

We also really like this video about Red.

Selkirk College Silver King Campus Gets a Facelift

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Studio 9 has been working alongside Architects of Record, Stantec, to improve the trades training facilities at Selkirk College’s Silver King Campus in Nelson BC.  Rounding out the team are project managers Colliers International, structural engineers Fast + Epp and Rocky Point Engineering for mechanical upgrades.  Selkirk’s trades and training programs have been in existence for 50 years and many of its facilities are in need of upgrades.  Plans are underway for a new administration and student building that will become the new face of the campus.  Part of this massive campus facelift will include a brand new building for the carpentry program and extensive upgrades to the existing trades buildings.  Construction of this multi-phased development is scheduled to begin this November with everything wrapping up in 2018.

Selkirk Carpentry Bldg 01

Images courtesy of Stantec

More news on Selkirk’s $18.9M upgrade can be found here.

Savoy Hotel Unveils a New Look, Set to Open new Food Offering

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The shroud of scaffolding surrounding the Savoy Hotel has finally come down revealing a new look for the Savoy Hotel!  This turn of the century building has long been a prominent corner piece on the south end of Nelson’s historic Baker Street.  The new look features diamond patterned zinc cap over the original red brick walls.  Wood elements will finish off the exterior detailing at the street level.  As architects for this development, Studio 9 has orchestrated a diverse team of professional consultants, suppliers, and trades people to pull everything together.

From the beginning, Studio 9 has worked with owners Jimmy Bundshuh and Jenna Arpita who have poured a lot of love and attention to detail into this building that has experienced some neglect in the years leading up to their purchase of it.  The new Savoy is rapidly becoming Baker Street’s most lively hub of entertainment, food, and accommodation.  The Savoy now offers Bloom Nightclub, Falls Music Lounge, and Savoy Brewery, with Farm Fresh Cafe to open soon and the Savoy Hotel to follow soon after.

Nelson Commons Complete, Kootenay Co-op Store to Open Soon

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Nelson Commons, the mixed use development spearheaded by Kootenay Co-op natural foods store is nearing completion!  The 54 residential units are finished and people have already started moving in.  The Kootenay Co-op store is due to open late fall/early winter and will offer three times the floor space as their current location with a full sized commercial kitchen, deli, cheese shop, frozen fish section, and an in-store restaurant.  Studio 9 has assisted the Kootenay Co-op development team since the beginning of this venture and is proud to have served what is sure to become one of Nelson’s most successful commercial and residential developments.

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