We first posted this building a year ago, when architect Joe Wai kindly supplied this rendering of 31 West Pender being built behind the facade of the former Pender Hotel. The heritage restoration is really beautiful, but the truly extraordinary feature of the new building is the modern interpretation of a long house perched on the roof. This sketch of the project is by Joe Wai, First Nations’ artist, Richard Shorty is responsible for the design of the eagle. Joe has written more about the project in the Tyee, Here’s the building since the great unveil of the longhouse.
The Pender hotel was bought by BC Housing with the intention of renovating it, but the state of the building required redevelopment instead. The $12.2 million development offers 24 apartments of supportive housing for homeless people or those in danger of becoming homeless. In addition, the building includes 13 “healing lodge” apartments that provide 20 beds for aboriginal people traveling from rural communities to Vancouver for medical services.