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'Monarchy-inspired' condo building proposed for Cambie Corridor

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Kenneth Chan Jul 08, 2019 5:48 pm 1,115

A proposed development one block south of SkyTrain’s King Edward Station boasts multi-coloured fins that are said to be inspired by the British monarchy, given the site’s close proximity to Queen Elizabeth Park.

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Billard Architecture has submitted a rezoning application to the City of Vancouver to redevelop 486 West 26th Avenue — the southeast corner of the intersection of Cambie Street and West 26th Avenue — into a six-storey, wood frame residential building.

486 West 26th Avenue, Vancouver

Site of 486 West 26th Avenue, Vancouver. (Billard Architecture)

486 West 26th Avenue, Vancouver

Site of 486 West 26th Avenue, Vancouver, and other surrounding mid-rise redevelopments. (Billard Architecture)

There will be 26 market ownership homes, with a unit mix entailing 11 one-bedroom units, 15 two-bedroom units, and three three-bedroom units.

The building is stepped back on its side with the laneway to provide a gentle transition with the adjacent single-family dwellings. This results in roof decks at different levels, including space for an outdoor children’s playground on the third level.

486 West 26th Avenue, Vancouver

Artistic rendering of 486 West 26th Avenue, Vancouver. (Billard Architecture)

“The design provides a bridge from the mid-century style of the nearby single-family homes in the neighbourhood to the sleek new mid-rise multi-residential developments in the neighbourhood, creating a cohesive feel for the area. Natural materials of wood and brick are utilized in the modern massing of the building to create a new but familiar bridge between designs along Cambie Street,” reads the architect’s design rationale.

“Using the monarchy as an inspiration, the weight of black brick is used to reference strength and history while the expanse of glass and vertical white metal and coloured glass fins speak to the jewels of the crown and the Queen herself.”

There will be 10,310 sq. ft. of floor area on this 10,130-sq-ft site, giving the project a floor space ratio density of 2.5 times the size of the lot. This form is permitted under the city’s Cambie Corridor Plan.

Two underground levels host 33 vehicle parking stalls and 36 bike parking spaces.

486 West 26th Avenue, Vancouver

Artistic rendering of 486 West 26th Avenue, Vancouver. (Billard Architecture)

486 West 26th Avenue, Vancouver

Site of 486 West 26th Avenue, Vancouver. (Billard Architecture)

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