30 Years in Review (part one)

Celebrating our 30th-anniversary.


This year is a huge milestone for Formwerks. We are proud to have created some of the most notable architecture throughout Vancouver’s west side. We have built more single-family houses than anyone in Vancouver’s history and we believe that’s worth celebrating! On this #ThrowBackThursday we’re sharing two of our stand-apart projects and we look forward to sharing more with you – enjoy!

Artona | Class Photo


This iconic photography studio is a place of fond memories especially for those who grew up here. Class portrait sessions brought nights full of laughter and nostalgia for many. What was originally an ordinary, 10,000 square foot commercial building became a Vancouver landmark through an extensive reimagination in the early 1990s.

The building stands as unique on the block due to its characteristic articulated street architecture, metal canopy, and decorative cornice details. Back then it stood out, but even more so now as the Mount Pleasant neighbourhood has changed so dramatically, welcoming a mix of modern mixed-use and light industrial buildings.

We believe Artona brings a sense of place both physically and in our memories and is a classic example of Formwerks design.

French Countryside


The charming residence is situated in First Shaughnessy, distinguishable by its French country style and adorned with a welcoming curved entry archway. Built in 2003, this classic home is a cheerful example of architecture rooted in tradition. Shaughnessy may be lined with rather formal estates, but this home’s inviting yellow hue and divided light wood windows add a level of charming detail that make it warmly appealing and approachable.


Who wouldn’t want to live here?






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