“Whether it's a house or a skyscraper I love seeing his work and designs” said Kim Davie
Wade Gibbs, a father of two and a former Calgary architect, designed some of the famous buildings in Calgary when he was a managing partner of Gibbs Gage Architects. His most recent project is Antler Ridge, a community of modern mountain architecture. The show home in this community in Invermere BC just opened and lots are finally for sale!
This didn't happen overnight though. In 2004 Gibbs assembled all of the land and brought it to the market in the fall of 2008. The project took a turn for the worse when the market collapsed. Gibbs was forced to halt the project for a decade, bringing it back to the market in 2017.
The construction wasn't going as planned. “I would say it's typical valley time, it's slower than I would've liked” said Gibbs. The workers in Invermere are taking much longer than expected to build the houses.
In addition Gibbs faced other challenges. Before the construction of the show home, conflict arose with the neighbouring community Lakeview Meadows. “It was a classic NIMBY case” said Gibbs, meaning not in my backyard. “We were successful in getting our zoning application approved so they've resolved in their mind that they are going to have to live with us. This conflict was never resolved, but they will have to get used to the idea that they lost and we won.”
“I think we have a very unique project” said Gibbs. “The combination of a great view with mountain modern architecture has been extremely successful.”
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