Mass timber Passive House condo building proposed for West Vancouver

Jun 3 2020, 5:15 pm

An innovative multi-family residential development has been proposed for West Vancouver’s Ambleside area, just steps from the waterfront.

A preliminary development application submitted by Delta Land Development and designed by Perkins + Will Architects calls for the redevelopment of 2204 Bellevue Avenue — the southwest corner of the intersection of Bellevue Avenue and 22nd Street. It is immediately east of Villa Maris Apartments, also known as the Pink Palace, which is set for redevelopment as well.

The property is currently occupied by a 1977-built, three-storey residence with three units.

2204 Bellevue Avenue West Vancouver

Site of 2204 Bellevue Avenue, West Vancouver. (Perkins + Will / Delta Land Development)

2204 Bellevue Avenue West Vancouver

Site of 2204 Bellevue Avenue, West Vancouver. (Perkins + Will / Delta Land Development)

According to the application, the proponents are seeking to build a new West Coast contemporary-style 103-ft-tall, eight-storey building. It will use mass timber construction designed to Passive House green building standards.

“The project is intended to be built of predominantly mass timber construction. As such, much of the fabrication will be done off site while the parkade is being built,” reads the application.

“This allows the storeys above grade to be erected quickly, reducing noise and disruption to neighbours.”

2204 Bellevue Avenue West Vancouver

Artistic rendering of 2204 Bellevue Avenue, West Vancouver. (Perkins + Will / Delta Land Development)

The ground level will be used as an amenity space, and there will be a total of eight units, with each floor above the main level containing one home. These units will be “accessible, barrier free” and will have access to natural ventilation and daylight on all sides.

2204 Bellevue Avenue West Vancouver

Artistic rendering of 2204 Bellevue Avenue, West Vancouver. (Perkins + Will / Delta Land Development)

Solar panels on the rooftop will generate electricity, and a geoexchange system will fulfill heating and cooling needs. A rainwater capture system will store water for on-site irrigation.

All parking will be located underground.

2204 Bellevue Avenue West Vancouver

Artistic rendering of 2204 Bellevue Avenue, West Vancouver. (Perkins + Will / Delta Land Development)

Public realm improvements offered by the proposal include enhancing the pedestrian link between the Centennial Seawalk to the south and West Vancouver Community Centre to the north. A pocket garden will be built to the intersection’s corner with integrated public seating as a rest point along this path.

The building’s total floor area is about 21,000 sq ft, giving it a floor space ratio of 2.4 times the size of the lot.

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