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Smaller 'Jenga' tower proposed for Denman Street in West End

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Kenneth Chan Feb 01, 2018 1:34 pm 1,547

The southwest corner of Denman Street and Alberni Street in downtown Vancouver’s West End will receive a vertical makeover if a development application is approved to redevelop the site into a mixed-use tower.

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Landa Global Properties is proposing to demolish a two-storey commercial building at 1810 Alberni Street, currently occupied by shops and restaurants, for a new 21-storey, 210-ft-tall building.

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The existing two-storey retail building at 1810 Alberni Street, Vancouver. (Google Maps Streetview)

1810 Alberni Street, Vancouver

Artistic rendering of the proposal at 1810 Alberni Street, Vancouver. (Landa Global Properties / Rafii Architects)

There will be 4,000-sq-ft of retail on the ground level, split into five units, facing Denman Street and Alberni Street. Within the upper levels, 60 residential units are planned, including 36 high-end market residential units and 24 affordable market rental housing units.

Three levels of underground parking will contain 109 stalls, with access provided through the lane.

Artistic rendering of the proposal at 1810 Alberni Street, Vancouver. (Landa Global Properties / Rafii Architects)

The project’s total floor area is 130,000 sq. ft. and its development site is 17,300 sq. ft., giving it a floor space ratio (FSR) density of 7.5 FSR.

But what sets this proposal apart is its ambitious design, which is rare for a project of its modest size. If approved, this stacked box project would be Vancouver’s third jenga-like tower, following projects at 1500 West Georgia and 1070 Barclay Street.

1810 Alberni Street, Vancouver

Artistic rendering of the proposal at 1810 Alberni Street, Vancouver. (Landa Global Properties / Rafii Architects)

“The tower has been designed as an array of ‘boxes’ oriented in different directions which interplay with each other and departs from the more common vertical box of concrete and grass,” reads the design rationale by Vancouver-based┬áRafii Architects.

“The project concept is based on a two-lobe floor plan which houses two condominiums per floor, joint only by the elevator core. The series of boxes affords views of the North Shore, Stanley Park, and the Lions Gate Bridge, and the downtown core. The careful placement of these ‘boxes’ allows for planting which has been used at different levels adding a ‘green’ feeling to the building.”

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Artistic rendering of the proposal at 1810 Alberni Street, Vancouver. (Landa Global Properties / Rafii Architects)

High-quality exterior finishings are proposed, including the use of porcelain for the facade of the podium levels.

The project’s scale is permitted under the West End Community Plan’s policy for Lower Robson Area A.

1810 Alberni Street, Vancouver

Artistic rendering of the proposal at 1810 Alberni Street, Vancouver. (Landa Global Properties / Rafii Architects)

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Kenneth Chan
National Features Editor at Daily Hive, the evolution of Vancity Buzz. He covers local architecture, urban issues, politics, business, retail, economic development, transportation and infrastructure, and the travel industry. Kenneth is also a Co-Founder of New Year's Eve Vancouver. Connect with him at kenneth[at]dailyhive.com

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