Angular-shaped tech office building with green roof proposed near Olympic Village

May 8 2019, 3:42 am

A unique trapezoid-shaped corner lot just west of Vancouver’s Olympic Village district could be redeveloped into an angular building with mixed commercial and industrial uses.

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Strand Developments has submitted a development application to turn the 18,772-sq-ft lot at 302 West 2nd Avenue — the southwest corner of the three-street intersection of West 2nd Avenue, West 3rd Avenue, and Alberta Street — into a new four-storey building.

The site is currently occupied by one- and two-storey commercial buildings with businesses that include International Motorsports Motorcycle Co., City Side Winery, Motorino Electric, Relish Gourmet Burgers, Sweetery Cafe and Dessert, and E-Ride.

302 West 2nd Avenue, Vancouver

Site of 302 West 2nd Avenue, Vancouver. (Google Maps)

302 West 2nd Avenue, Vancouver

Site of 302 West 2nd Avenue, Vancouver. (Google Maps)

The proposal envisions 18,169 sq. ft. of light manufacturing space on the ground level and 37,545 sq. ft. of office space within the upper levels.

Building tenants will have access to the rooftop, which includes an extensive green roof and amenity space.

“The upper three floors are proposed as general office space intended to serve the burgeoning tech office community of Mount Pleasant,” reads the design rationale by architectural firm Musson Cattell Mackey Partnership.

“The massing strategy adopted for the site is a direct response to the unique site geometry, the program, and zoning parameters. The building is divided into two masses, reflecting the manufacturing and office uses.”

302 West 2nd Avenue, Vancouver

Artistic rendering of 302 West 2nd Avenue, Vancouver. (Musson Cattell Mackey Partnership / Strand Developments)

302 West 2nd Avenue, Vancouver

Artistic rendering of 302 West 2nd Avenue, Vancouver. (Musson Cattell Mackey Partnership / Strand Developments)

Furthermore, the three-street corner is “celebrated by a sculptural response providing a ‘prow’ or point of inflection” and “further reinforced by angling these facades either forward or back.”

The facade’s prime materials are glass storefront and cast concrete — patterned in a way that reflects the building massing’s angularity, creating a repetitive geometry.

The total floor area is 56,317 sq. ft., giving the project a floor space ratio density of three times the size of its lot. Three underground levels will contain 74 vehicle parking stalls.

302 West 2nd Avenue, Vancouver

Artistic rendering of 302 West 2nd Avenue, Vancouver. (Musson Cattell Mackey Partnership / Strand Developments)

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