Pearl Block

A collection of six contemporary townhomes in the heart of Victoria, with architecture and interiors by acclaimed Vancouver based architect, D’Arcy Jones Architecture.

DJA's work has been widely published in print and online. They've been featured in Architectural Record, Dwell, Hauser, and Canadian Architect. Their practice has received a number of honours including the 2017 Emerging Firm Award from the AIBC and the 2017 Emerging Architectural Practice Award from the RAIC / Architecture Canada.

Active rezoning application
D'Arcy Jones Architecture
Project Partner:
Purdey Group
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Something special

Pearl Block is a series of 6 townhomes that have been carefully designed to preserve and enhance the surrounding neighbourhood’s privacy. Overcoming the challenges of a difficult shaped site, constraints were turned into assets. The building’s stepped form responds to the site’s triangular shape, resulting in a building shape where the proposed project’s residents will all have a generously sized outlook towards the street.

Community involvement

We've undertaken a transparent, multi-phase community consultation process that will continue through our application to the City of Victoria.

Project Timeline

  • CALUC Pre-application Concept Presentation

    MARCH 12 2017

  • CALUC Community Meeting and Q&A

    MAY 30 2017

  • Submission to the City of Victoria

    JUNE 15 2017

  • Advisory Design Panel Review

    JANUARY 24 2018

  • Committee of the Whole: Council Meeting

    APRIL 12 2018

  • Public Hearing

    September 20 2018

  • Application Approval


  • Construction Start



Pearl Block consists of six 3-bedroom townhomes by a leading Canadian architect.

Trees on Shelbourne

A non-intrusive contemporary addition to a well-established neighbourhood and street frontage. The building’s footprint and staggered driveway access preserves existing street trees and the adjacent neighbouring trees. Pearl Block uses traditional exterior materials in a modern way; along with its neutral colour palette and understated presence - This project will fit right in. After all, pearls go with everything.

Yards in the sky

Living within a smaller footprint, doesn't mean a compromised lifestyle. We're utilizing the rooftop of each unit, ideal space for private outdoor living rooms and gardens. Dinner parties, children playing, and pet ownership - these things are encouraged, over at Pearl Block.

A future with infill

We aren't going to solve our housing crunch by relocating everybody towers and mid-rise buildings downtown Victoria. It's important to look at infill and the density it brings with a more holistic and neighbourhood-wide lens. Urban infill increases the efficiency of existing neighbourhoods, building higher density structures on vacant or under-utilized lots. This increases amenities and therefore the urban health of a community. With Pearl Block we've taken a thoughtful approach to how the land is being used while introducing beautiful architecture to enhance the neighbourhood.

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