Additional height sought for Avenue One in the Olympic Village

Aug 24 2018, 11:04 pm

This project will be one of the tallest buildings in Vancouver’s Olympic Village neighbourhood, even if the extra density is not approved.

The City of Vancouver is reviewing a rezoning application from Concord Pacific to redevelop 1768 Cook Street – a 57,400-sq-ft site located on the southwest corner of 1st Avenue and Columbia Street, immediately south of Hinge Park.

A development application within the framework of existing zoning was approved by the City nearly three years ago, and the developer has been marketing the project as Avenue One.

Construction on the project is well underway.

Avenue One 1768 Cook Street Vancouver

Artistic rendering of Avenue One at 1768 Cook Street, Vancouver. (GBL Architects / Concord Pacific)

Avenue One 1768 Cook Street Vancouver

Artistic rendering of Avenue One at 1768 Cook Street, Vancouver. (GBL Architects / Concord Pacific)

The new application to amend the zoning seeks to add one penthouse storey, which would increase the building’s height from 154 ft. to 175.5 ft. – from 17 to 18 storeys. This extra density is being considered under the Southeast False Creek Design Guidelines for Additional Penthouse Storeys.

There would also be additional floor area between the 16th and 17th storeys.

This would create a total of 251 homes, with the unit mix comprised of 10 townhouse and loft units, 137 one-bedroom units, 102 two-bedroom units, one three-bedroom unit, and one penthouse unit with over 20,000-sq-ft of living space.

The extra floor increases the total floor area by 11,000-sq-ft to 211,800-sq-ft, providing the project with a floor space ratio density of 3.69 times the size of its lot.

Other than the slight density change, the project has not changed.

Avenue One 1768 Cook Street Vancouver

Artistic rendering of Avenue One at 1768 Cook Street, Vancouver. (GBL Architects / Concord Pacific)

The architectural features, designed by GBL Architects, boasts a continuous curved facade, with the inward curvature facing north and the outward curvature facing south.

On the northern side of the building, the developer plans to build a large amenity space with a major water feature that mimics an “islands of greenery” for both public and private use. Residents will also have access to a private access amenity plaza on the south side of the property.

Avenue One 1768 Cook Street Vancouver

Artistic rendering of Avenue One at 1768 Cook Street, Vancouver. (GBL Architects / Concord Pacific)

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