Cube Living

Cube Living


January 23 - February 25, 2013

Cube Living (Phase 2) is a 4-week artist-in-residence with artist and designer Alex Grünenfelder, running from January 23 to February 25, 2013. Grünenfelder will examine how real estate developments operate as containers that capture living space as urban spatial commodities through the packaging of bodies, objects, lifestyles, identities, capital and politics.

On February 19 Grünenfelder began a limited release of micro-properties measuring 1 cubic foot. This innovative product addresses the stagnation and endemic unaffordability of Vancouver’s real estate market. In developing a spatial commodity that can be purchased in very small units, Cube Living is able to offer affordable properties at prices under $50! Micro-properties are an accessible solution to the inflated real estate market crisis that threatens to push Vancouver’s economy into decline.

Many Vancouver residents find it difficult or impossible to enter the market. Despite government urban densification policies that have brought 10,000 new condo units to the city each year, [1] Vancouver remains the second least-affordable city in the world. [2]

Vancouver has experienced explosive real estate development since 1986. In the 2000s, then-mayor Sam Sullivan’s Ecodensity program initiated radical urban densification with the aim of promoting housing affordability and environmentally sustainable neighbourhoods. Pundits declared that flooding the market with new condos would result in more affordable—or at least stable—prices, so that new buyers could purchase small units and eventually trade up into a larger living space. Buildings got taller and condos got smaller, but prices have kept rising. Development and construction hasn’t been able to meet the goal of affordability and now the city is faced with a dire situation.

“The current property market is almost saturated. Sales are in decline because people can’t afford to lower their asking prices. We need to expand into new markets, and the only way to produce a lower tier of affordable entry-level properties is to create highly liquid, easily tradeable micro-spaces. This is the only way to address the affordability crisis within our market-driven real-estate economy.”

[1]RBC. “Vancouver’s housing market: moderation in store but vulnerable to a harsher outcome.” April 2012. Page 6.

[2]Demographia. “9th Annual Demographia International Housing Affordability Survery: 2013”. Page 2.

Sales Updates

February 24 – Only 60 units left! The sales centre is now closed, please contact to book a sales appointment.
February 22 – Over 240 units have been sold (80% sold out!)
February 18 – Units have increased in value by 2700% in day 1 of open sales
February 17 – There’s been unexpected volume of pre-sales over the weekend and the development is now 66% sold out—but don’t worry, we’re holding back some units to ensure there’s a reasonable supply still available when the sales centre opens on Tuesday.
March 1 – 100% Sold Out! But do not worry, new opportunities for Cube Living ownership will come available as owners begin to resell their units

Open Hours

Cube Living’s sales centre
opens for 1 week only!
1 – 6pm, February 19 – February 23


8pm, February 20 – Talk
8pm, February 23 – Reception


The Tyee – Buying Vancouver Space One Cubic Foot at a Time (Jackie Wong)
Metro News – Even you can afford to buy this Vancouver space