Vancouver city council approves new 'Slate Block' building with 68 homes

Feb 28 2020, 6:09 pm

A rezoning application for a new six-storey market residential building on the Cambie Street Corridor was amongst Vancouver city council’s approvals this week.

The redevelopment — named the Slate Block — at 4338-4362 Cambie Street replaces two single-family dwelling structures on a mid-block site between West 27th Avenue and West 28th Avenue with 68 condominiums.

The site is within a short walking distance from SkyTrain’s King Edward Station.

4338-4362 Cambie Street, Vancouver

Site of 4338-4362 Cambie Street, Vancouver. (Google Maps)

4338-4362 Cambie Street, Vancouver

Site of 4338-4362 Cambie Street, Vancouver. (Arno Matis Architecture)

The unit mix is 42 one-bedroom units, 18 two-bedroom units, and eight three-bedroom units, including six two-storey townhouses in a separate laneway building.

It is an architecturally unique project inspired by the layered volcanic rocks in and around the nearby Queen Elizabeth Park area.

4338-4362 Cambie Street Vancouver

Artistic rendering of 4338-4362 Cambie Street, Vancouver. (Arno Matis Architecture)

4338-4362 Cambie Street Vancouver

Artistic rendering of 4338-4362 Cambie Street, Vancouver. (Arno Matis Architecture)

“As the finest grained metamorphic rock, this ‘Slate Block’ Building is inspired by the steadfast formations of this foliation, ever-present in the historic Queen Elizabeth Park,” reads the design rationale by Arno Matis Architecture, noting that glass, stone, and concrete materials are used to create the well-defined horizontal layered appearance.

Attention to the building’s massing retains large trees on the site.

“Much like the park’s geographic features, the building form shifts and slides to accommodate old-growth trees located on the site,” continues the rationale. “While rooted in this history, the expression of the project is forward-looking, utilizing contemporary geometries, materials and building systems.”

4338-4362 Cambie Street Vancouver

Artistic rendering of 4338-4362 Cambie Street, Vancouver. (Arno Matis Architecture)

4338-4362 Cambie Street Vancouver

Artistic rendering of 4338-4362 Cambie Street, Vancouver. (Arno Matis Architecture)

The project includes two underground levels to provide 68 vehicle parking stalls and 129 bike parking spaces.

The total floor area of 57,411 sq. ft. on the 21,000-sq-ft site provides the redevelopment with a floor space ratio density of 2.75 times the size of the lot.

4338-4362 Cambie Street Vancouver

Artistic rendering of 4338-4362 Cambie Street, Vancouver. (Arno Matis Architecture)

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