A development application has been submitted to the City of Vancouver to build a new retail building on a mid-block site on the north side of the 1000 block of Robson Street.
Francl Architecture’s design, on behalf of the landlord, seeks to construct a two-storey retail building at 1067 Robson Street, replacing existing older buildings that hold a number of smaller retailers.
This site is wedged between the Sephora building to the east and the heritage Manhattan building to the west.
Existing zoning and the West End Community Plan allows for additional density reaching up to a height of up to 70-ft, but the proponents are not seeking this option and are instead settling for a height of about 42-ft.
A “colourful extensive” green roof is planned for this building.
“The principal retail access point is situated in a recessed central alcove, providing a clear and pedestrian-oriented access point,” reads the architect’s design rationale.
“The architectural character of the proposed building reflects a clean, contemporary design vocabulary, utilizing a restrained palette of materials and minimal decorative effort. The retail-oriented fenestration will be realized in a low-profile dark coloured metal and glass spandrel window wall system with large, unobstructed windows at both floor levels. A suspended glass pedestrian weather protection canopy is provided across the full width of the property, held up by slender, demountable metal outriggers.”
If approved, this will be the latest new retail building for the north side of the 1000 block, which will be occupied by newer retail buildings for more than a third of the block’s length. Other newer completed retail buildings on this stretch include buildings that house Sephora, Miniso, Little Burgundy, Aldo, and the future home of the Indigo flagship bookstore.
At this time, no retailer has been announced for this new space, which is expected to be ready by late-summer 2019.
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