1150 Barclay Street

The Urban Design Panel already reviewed this proposal to “develop an 11-storey residential building consisting of 21 multi-family market strata dwellings, over 2 levels of underground parking with 42 vehicle spaces accessed from the lane”.

The building currently on the site is a 1948 18 unit co-op, offered for sale (and sold) last year. The architects for the new building are DIALOG.

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1485 Davie Street

This is yet another condo and non-market housing project in the West End. It’s a development application for a 22 storey tower with 107 strata units and 51 non-market apartments. It’s by W T Leung for Vivagrand Developments.

We’ve reposted with the Nicola Street façade of the model headed to the  Urban Design Panel this week. That’s the lane with the trees and townhouses.

The site is on Davie on the other side of Nicola Street from Gabriola, the B T Rogers mansion which should be getting a restoration and return to residential use following a recently approved rezoning to add townhouses.

The Urban Design Panel rejected the current version – particularly the design of the podium facing Davie – so some changes are likely to show up before it can move to approval.

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1021 Burnaby Street

Not every West End project is a tower. Here’s a more modest five-st0rey building proposed for a 66′ lot. It’s designed by Francl Architecture, and if approved will have 21 units. Amazingly, the site has been vacant for many years, used as a surface parking lot.

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2301 Granville Street

This development application is for an 8-storey building planned to replace single storey retail on the west side of Granville Street at W7th Avenue.

Designed by IBI, it proposes 41 dwelling units over retail uses on the main floor. The Urban Development Panel get to offer their opinion before the end of February, and as it isn’t a rezoning, it could potentially move forward quickly if no significant issues arise.

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733 Beatty Street

The YWCA Hotel on Beatty Street are proposing a 65 room addition to their existing facility. The first phase was completed in 1995, and the second phase was always intended in the design. Now the plans to complete the building have been submitted, with a brick façade, designed by DA Architects in a lighter colour to compliment the existing building.

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936 Main Street

The site boards have only just appeared for this infill project on Main Street, but it was submitted in 2016, so there must have been some issues to work through. Francl Architecture have designed an eight storey building with a main floor retail and restaurant, office space above and twenty-five rental apartments on the top five floors.

The building site is next door to another interesting new housing project, and like that building it will have a rear façade to a street as it’s an unusually shallow block (the rear façade is seen on the right).

There’s an existing burned out building whose façade will be retained and incorporated into the new building.

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1500 West Georgia Street

This dramatic design for a condo tower on West Georgia has just received unanimous support from City Council. In January 2016 we noted that it had been known for a while that Bosa Properties, in conjunction with Kingswood Capital, had acquired the iconic Rhone and Iredale designed triangular 1500 W Georgia office building in 2014.

While the office building is a well performing asset, (and a post 40s heritage structure) it’s the opportunity to add a residential tower to the other side of the site that prompted their purchase. That tower has been designed by German architect Ole Scheeren, probably best known for his China Central Television Headquarters in Beijing when he was with Rem Koolhaas at OMA.

1500 W GeorgiaIn June 2015 235 condos were proposed in a 51 storey structure (shown on the right). In 2016 a new rezoning application was submitted for the revised version with 220 condos in 42 storeys, to fit under the viewcone across the site. (The developers either hadn’t read the West End Plan that allowed them to design a higher building here in the first place – or hoped their design would somehow allow them to ignore it. “Building heights should not exceed view corridor limits (except Queen Elizabeth View Corridor where consistent with the General Policy for Higher Buildings.)”

1500 revised street viewThe project also has a revised design for the existing water feature, which will now be relatively unchanged from what’s there today (which wasn’t true of the first iteration of the project), and a different design of the base which doesn’t have a theatre proposed in a prominent box. The fancy energy arrangements powering the lower floors from the upper parts of the tower may still be part of the overall scheme.

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