Pilot & Technology Demonstration

Award-Winning Second Generation System

Our second generation building has provided invaluable experience and has provided the inspiration to overcome challenges and to define our next-level third generation system.

The non-combustible, steel-based technology is interlocking, stackable and transportable. The project also incorporates a self-aligning/self-sealing modular facade system – a high-performing and Continuously Insulated (CI) building envelope affixed outboard of the structural frame, complete with windows and other pre-finished penetrations. The application eliminates thermal bridging and provides an air, vapour and thermal barrier direct from the factory.

This project is the winner of the Modular Building Institute 2022 Award for "Permanent Modular Multifamily Under 25,000 sq. ft." 



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Early concept

The lot was 33 feet wide by 122 feet in depth with an old house built on it dating from the 1940's.

It lot was zoned 'MC1' and permitted a building of up to 4 storeys high with a commercial ground floor.

The lot was so narrow that underground parking would be inefficient and even creating a basement would require shoring against the adjacent buildings.

Conventional construction would be challenging on such a narrow building site due to the lack of ground floor space for staging materials. This lot was ideal for what we had in mind - to build a demonstration project using our second-generation technology.

To the left is an early massing study.

Challenges of Narrow Lot

As our project began to take shape we needed to solve even more challenges.

We wanted to provide the inhabitants of our building daylight from the central core, and we needed to access the core. We chose the option of having an exterior pathway from the street to a central courtyard. Each floor would have an exterior walkway leading to each of the suites.

This also facilitated including courtyard-facing windows on some of the suites.

Due to the depth of the site, the reach of a crane to the back portion of the building would be facilitated by using smaller, lighter modules. The project therefore consisted of a total of 36 modules.

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Early concept including suites

Building Assembly

Each section of this project was installed in a single weekend.


Location: Kensington–Cedar Cottage

Area: 7.24 km2 
Population: 49,235

Density: 6,800.4/km2

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About Cedar Cottage

Kensington–Cedar Cottage is one of the most ethnically diverse neighbourhoods in East Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Like most of East Vancouver, Kensington–Cedar Cottage used to be predominantly working class, but rising Vancouver house prices have made the area increasingly popular with young professionals and families.

The vibrant neighbourhood is known for its community-oriented atmosphere and diverse make-up. Popular for its proximity to Downtown Vancouver, it still maintains an independent local character with lots of small businesses such as coffee shops, restaurants, and vintage stores. The area lies in the centre of East Vancouver, with scenic views from the top of the city's east-west ridge, and running down to beautiful Trout Lake, an urban lake and park.

Trout Lake Farmers Market

Creating a vibrant and welcoming market that builds community, feeds people, and supports small farms and local producers.

Rio Theatre

The Rio Theatre on Broadway and Commercial, voted #1 Independent Theatre in Vancouver, is a multimedia venue for premier independent cinema of feature films and live entertainment.

Commercial Street Cafe

Commercial Street Cafe is an independent coffee shop in Vancouver, nestled in the Cedar Cottage neighbourhood, in the heritage Gow Block building on historic Commercial Street.

Community Partnerships

We are proud to participate with progressive organizations to develop collaborative solutions to enhance livability within our communities.

“We support QUBE’s efforts to offer innovative real estate solutions that create positive environmental impact, drive economic self-reliance and produce balanced, sustainable communities.”

– Maureen Cureton, Green Business Manager

Community Impact

“As issues around housing and livable communities continue to mount, it’s great to see companies like QUBE rise to the challenge by incorporating car sharing in their projects.”

Selena McLachlan, Director of Marketing & Business Development

Car Sharing

“Seville has partnered with QUBE Building Systems (www.qube.build) who are innovators in building technology. ”

Kulwant Chauhan, President

Seville Investments