18-storey residential tower proposed for West End in downtown Vancouver

Nov 3 2020, 5:53 pm

A development application has been submitted by Skyllen Pacific Real Estate to construct a 175-ft-tall, 18-storey residential tower at 1116 Pendrell Street in downtown Vancouver’s West End.

The proposal, near Thurlow Street and west of St. Paul’s Hospital, replaces a 1937-built, two-storey building with 16 apartment units. The developer acquired the property in February 2018.

The application calls for a total of 125 homes, including 109 condominium homes within the tower at 16 market rental units within separate three-storey rental structures.

The condominium unit mix is 69 studio units, 37 two-bedroom units, and three three-bedroom units, while the rental unit mix is four studios, six one-bedroom units, and six two-bedroom units.

1116 Pendrell Street Vancouver

Site of 1116 Pendrell Street, Vancouver. (Google Maps)

1116 Pendrell Street Vancouver

Site of 1116 Pendrell Street, Vancouver. (Google Maps)

Residents will have 1,400 sq. ft. of indoor amenity space on the ground level, and one of the two-bedroom rental homes will be marketed as an in-home childcare facility. The public realm includes landscaped spaces and a raised child play area for residents.

“This proposal is for a ‘tower in the park’ in which a tall, slim tower frees up the ground plane for a generously landscaped site while allowing for site permeability as an extension to Mole Hill’s neighbourhood pedestrian paths and connections to Nelson Park to the North and Davie Street retail to the South,” reads the design rationale by WT Leung Architects.

“The ‘tower in the Park’ concept is derived from the extensively planted and treed neighbourhood of Mole Hill that features pedestrian paths bisecting long city blocks, connecting up to Nelson Park to the North.”

1116 Pendrell Street Vancouver

Artistic rendering of 1116 Pendrell Street, Vancouver. (WT Leung Architects/Skyllen Pacific Real Estate)

1116 Pendrell Street Vancouver

Artistic rendering of 1116 Pendrell Street, Vancouver. (WT Leung Architects/Skyllen Pacific Real Estate)

The rationale continues: “The tower massing is reminiscent of books standing on end of varying heights, shifting back and forth… The natural earth tone materials are meant to anchor the building in the proposed park setting and complement the historic houses.”

Four underground levels will offer 169 vehicle parking stalls and 235 bike parking spaces.

The total floor area is about 91,500 sq. ft., creating a floor space ratio density of three times the size of the 30,261-sq-ft lot.

1116 Pendrell Street Vancouver

Artistic rendering of 1116 Pendrell Street, Vancouver. (WT Leung Architects/Skyllen Pacific Real Estate)

1116 Pendrell Street Vancouver

Artistic rendering of 1116 Pendrell Street, Vancouver. (WT Leung Architects/Skyllen Pacific Real Estate)

1116 Pendrell Street Vancouver

Site of 1116 Pendrell Street, Vancouver. (WT Leung Architects/Skyllen Pacific Real Estate)

1116 Pendrell Street Vancouver

Site of 1116 Pendrell Street, Vancouver. (WT Leung Architects/Skyllen Pacific Real Estate)

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