Friday, 4 January 2019

Torrens Title and Strata Title - aussie inventions, one hundred years apart

1911 Sydney Land Sub-Division Sales Poster








Torrens Title


In 1858, Sir Robert Torrens, the South Australian Premier, started using a new simple system of title by registration: The Torrens Title System. The idea was in part based on the registration of merchant ships and did away with the need for proving a 'chain of title' (tracing title through a series of documents). 

"The State guarantees title and is generally supported by a compensation scheme for those who lose their title due to private fraud or error in the State's operation."

Strata Title


Just over one hundred years later in 1962, Strata Title was born in Sydney, NSW. The object of this new ownership tenure was a 25 storey residential high-rise on a waterfront peninsular opposite Sydney Harbour Bridge. After much legal debate, led by the skyscraper developer and founder of the Lend Lease Corporation, Dick Dusseldorp (AO), strata ownership became possible.

"Strata Title is a form of property ownership, devised predominately for multi-level apartment buildings. The 'strata' part of the term refers to apartments being on different levels, or 'strata'."

Previously, the only adequate method of dividing ownership in a high-rise building in the world, generally, was company title, which made it difficult for potential buyers to provide security for bank financing.
Late Fifties Modernist Design

The building at the centre of the game-change was itself, a significant and highly controversial work by modernist Architect, Harry Seidler. Harry’s dear wife, Penelope showed her abiding support thirty years later, creating a sweet tapestry of the hotly debated building. The Architect always saw it as a reflection of the art movement of the time, akin to a Mondrian painting.


Detail of Tapestry

Canada is one of the many countries that have now adopted Strata Title ownership. It is fascinating to be reminded just how alike Australians and Canadians can be. You could say it is part of being in the Commonwealth of Nations, but it is interesting to note that neither of these systems of ownership title have been adopted by Great Britain. 

Blues Point today from Barangaroo


Monday, 31 December 2018

The Seven Considerations of Church Design

Upper Level Plan of Sunday School and Babe-in-arms Room

Christians agree that a church building is not God's 'temple on earth' as in the times before Christ. It is understood that God is worshiped whenever and wherever the human heart turns to Him. 


However, a church building is a uniquely important space where life memories are made. A church building is a venue where...


1. The Bible is read and explained and applied. 


2. A large extended 'family' celebrate God's demonstrated love through Jesus. 


3. An outsider is welcomed and invited to belong. 


4. The love between a man and a woman is deeply honoured with ceremony and encouragement. 


5. A new life is protected and delighted in. 


6. Life plans are discovered and commitments made. 


7. Closure (after a life is completed) begins.


At its best, a new church building is more than a 'tool for mission' like an auditorium or converted gymnasium, though it is likely to include those 'gathering' functions. 


It is a place of life's most significant moments. Those life moments are often photographed and always remembered. Think of the procession of a bride and her father.

Historic city church building adapting to the mission


Personal history can be made in the sports arena, at the university graduation hall, even at a bus stop, but it is uniformly made at church. This insists that a church building be a work of Architecture expressing positive values, hope and strong faith. 


By being an excellent building it can help create a culture of excellence in its community. Design can be seen as an act of love: "somebody cared enough to draw that...". 


A work of Architecture reflects its place in time, so a new church building will use the materials, methods and technology available at the time of construction, giving it a contemporary temperament.



"As both an informal meeting place with many functions & a venue of contemplation, formality and excellence, the tone to aim for might be described as 'quiet contemporary elegance".

Thursday, 27 December 2018

"There's Gold in Them Thar Hills..."




"There's Gold in Them Thar Hills..."Mark Twain may have borrowed this saying from the Georgia assayer, Matthew Stephenson back in the 1840s. In any event it has become a catch cry for any great commercial opportunity. In this case it actually is a gold mine. 

My team are searching for the right large mining company to scale up mining and placer operations in Northern BC offering 1100 Hectares Hard Rock Mineral Claim and 131 hectares Placer Claim. The site is in the middle of an established high yield gold mining district. It has had a full generation of small scale operations and it is the first time it has been available for purchase. Geological Reports show an excellent opportunity for Lithium and Gold. There are also reports of Silver and Copper. Contact me for a Non-Disclosure Agreement.

Thursday, 14 June 2018

Creating Community Connection: One Home Becomes Sixteen

Love the smartphone. Hate the isolation it creates. There are now less friendly smiles on the bus and chance meetings are too easily hijacked by the latest tweet.

How do we give opportunity for friendly encounters and community connection?

First of all, have vision to transform a piece of land with one single home needing a lot of weekend lawn mowing, to a community of sixteen families. 

Secondly, make sure each new family home has ample space, privacy, security and independence. The interior layout should suit family life, and the home look out to a beautiful garden setting. 

For community connection, think of great places where people mingle naturally - that are sunny, relaxed and have an openness that feels safe, like Rome's Spanish Steps...

By Arnaud 25 - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0

In Maple Ridge, British Columbia, after the location's environmental setback was established to match the circumstances, a four-plex / townhouse site was created. To fit in with the neighborhood, the building form was to appear as three large homes, arranged to establish a wonderful family style community setting.


Now a rezoning application at the City, the meeting point designed in the middle of the three buildings is the 'Maple Steps', a place where landscape, sunlight and passive surveillance (for safety) can allow great conversations to begin.

The result is a site surrounded by nature with a beautiful outlook and the right number of families to create a vibrant community where genuine care and concern for each other can happen 'by accident'.




Friday, 6 October 2017

Land Assembly Valuation

Concept Plan



How do you value property on a land assembly deal?

You might go to the MLS, look at active and sold listings in the last few months, look at trends and list comparbles and come up with a number. 

Here is where Commercial Real Estate and Architecture join forces.

The Value of Land is based on the Vision we bring.

Massing Study
Vision for land is created by
  • Site Analysis 
  • Masterplanning 
  • Massing Studies 
  • By-Law Interpretation

The aim is to build agreement between Buyers, Sellers, the City and ultimately the local community to come up with the highest and best use of the land and find a solution where everyone wins.

When we do the right amount of the upfront work to create vision by Site Analysis / Masterplanning / Massing Studies and By-Law interpretation, the whole process which can be over two years can be much smoother.

Apart from managing the complexity of price, the terms of sale in a commercial deal often involves some inventive responses as we satisfy the clients needs. This is always fascinating because there are lots of interesting moving parts.

Our ultimate aim is three things:  Find a solution that excites the Developer, satisfies the Seller and creates Value.


Wednesday, 21 June 2017

New Estate Home in a Whistler Forest


Introducing the Forrest Home. An entertainer's estate residence being built just 12 minutes from Whistler Village. It is part of an exclusive collection of large high quality homes in the Wedge Woods Properties Area.

Situated on 1.16 acres of land, the over 4,000 square foot home has around 600 square feet of elevated decks for enjoying the seclusion and beauty of the forest.



The planning of the home provides for a legal suite along with defined areas for family living, guests and perhaps even your driver.



It is on the market and will be a rare addition to the quality lifestyle  options provided for in Whistler. The for-rest home.

Contemporary architecture, priced at $3,600,000. 

Call to arrange to for a site visit on +1 604 655 6122. International enquiries are welcome. Site address: 9005 Skiers Rest Lane, Whistler, British Columbia, Canada.




Video New Whistler Ski Chalet

Friday, 17 February 2017

Why a Blog Instead of a Splash Page?

"But you only have a blog..."

...was commented recently. So I began pondering why...

I had a website for ten years that presented my favorite projects. What I realized though, is that it dated very fast. A third party designed it back then and the formula for changing it was a mystery. I found myself at arm's length to get it to reflect where things were at.

Now in a constantly changing and dynamic world of bringing together development projects, it seemed asarch.com should evolve more into a conversation. So the blog was born and asarch.com was pointed to it.

Projects are now are rich and varied, ranging from helping masterplan new communities for transit oriented development (TOD) to joyfully resolving the finest detail of copper construction. 


A static website wouldn't reflect issues in an up to date way but there is more. While a website puts makeup on my face to help me look my best, the values and reasons behind what we do are a work in progress, generally more interesting, useful and hopefully less self focussed.

The motive is this: I am hoping you will chose Andrew Scott Architecture and Planning (ASAP) for your next building project, including guidance in choosing the right land. That is why the Real Estate license make sense. Having the local Architect's Certificate of Practice means I can begin the design conversation too.









Friday, 13 January 2017

Art, Architecture and Business School

Above my workspace an old life drawing sits beside the AIBC Certificate of Practice
In building an Architect, there is a bedrock of loose artistic expression and exploration of form to be enjoyed. This is connected to the time spent in the inventive yet disciplined 3D world of master building.



There is also a piece of land that must be bought. The purchase of real estate is a commercial exchange that is hotly negotiated, bringing into play huge financial courage and grit.


The artistic DNA that started the journey requires the tempering fires of commercial life and times:


  • Does the value of the land support the cost of the building?
  • Will my client now be successful in his marketplace?
  • Will the next sale price cover the cost of land + building?
  • Will it sell fast enough?

Every project needs to begin with a vision or unified artistic expression that informs design decisions further down the track. That is the part we Architects love. 


It is also important to understand your client has been in a heady commercial battlefield of land purchase, sometimes well before he has knocked on the Architect's door. 

The journey of land purchase and sale is thrilling, as is the long road of realizing the dream you can one day walk into.  




Monday, 25 July 2016

A New York State of Mind

New York is on the move again. 


The World Trade Center site is becoming a triumph of resilience and faith.







 
The rest of the city appears to be in a building boom.






























As always, the ideas are strong, the people toughened, 
the history real.

 

 

 

 

 

 






























Now, back to basics. How can the old skyscrapers be so tall and narrow? 

Because NY is built on the strongest of geological bedrock.















A life needs bedrock too, something that can hold you up. When you find the bedrock of truth - you build there. 
That is just smart. 

“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock." Matthew 7, 24-5
 

























New York is an idea. It is the 'Big Time', the 'Wit and Wisdom and Commerce of the City' where we behold the joy of people who love the game.


Dining Table by Studio Job at MAD, the Museum of Art and Design

The Entrerprise Space Shuttle



 





 









Here life and humanity is celebrated. We are encouraged to prototype the grand idea with commitment and conviction.


In New York we are inspired to do our best work yet.

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Geoduck, Sea Cucumber and Me



 

A Perfect Partnership - Asian Delicacy meets Western Knowhow

 

Luxury Asian Seafood Business with Land and Sea Ranch for equity sale


An rare opportunity exists to enter a closely guarded industry where Geoduck and Sea Cucumber licences are worth millions of dollars.


The proforma shows a very high yield on investment after an initial product grow out period. Investment of $20M will help to provide a $28M sustainable yearly harvest of the highest grade product.

The Principal, who is keen to invest in teaching and guiding the next generation of owners, is considered to be one of the world’s foremost authorities on Geoduck Clam Aquaculture. In 1977, he was a Founding Director of the Underwater Harvesters’ Association (UHA) and through many years of diving, harvesting and hatchery research, has an unsurpassed understanding of creating a healthy and productive sea ranch. 
 
The group owns and runs a shellfish aquaculture hatchery, built at a cost of $6M, and have the largest equity position in sub-tidal Geoduck aquaculture tenures in British Columbia.
 
These tenures are in various stages of development. Empty, the tenures have a market value of over $20 million. Their value has greatly increased due to successful geoduck planting and growth. Over the last three years, the hatchery produced over 6 million Geoduck seeds. Much of this crop has been planted and sold and currently covers over 20 hectares of the 89 hectare tenure. 



This program of planting is on-going and after the first eight year grow out period, the tenure is calculated to yield a $28 Million harvest per year. 

The hatchery also currently sells Oyster seed and is in the process of culturing Sea Cucumber, Cockle, Urchin and Scallop.

Macdonald Commercial are pleased to present for an investment of $20,000,000 the offering of an equity position in the following:

  • 89 Hectare (220 Acre) Savary Island sub-tidal tenure and hatchery with multi-species hatchery license and associated 8 acre property on Victoria Island
  • A Geoduck license, three Sea Cucumber licenses and the aquaculture tenure harvest (immediate return through supply of wild Geoduck and Sea Cucumber). A single Geoduck licence has a market value of $6M (there are only 55 licences available in BC).