Rental housing, office space, and industrial space are combined into one site in a new False Creek Flats development named Archetype.
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It is about a five-minute walk from the Expo Line’s Main Street-Science World Station, and a seven-minute walk from the Millennium Line’s future Great Northern Way-Emily Carr Station.
The project meets the new zoning for the area and went through the city’s Urban Design Panel last year. Earlier this week, commercial sales were launched ahead of the targeted construction start in early 2021 for occupancy in early 2023.
Designed by GBL Architects, the city block-sized redevelopment by QuadReal Property Group and Hungerford Properties entails a 10-storey office building on the western parcel, and a 13-storey residential building on the eastern parcel. Creative industrial spaces are located within the lower levels of both buildings.
An “Art Walk” pedestrian route will divide the office building from the residential building.
There will be 200 secured market rental homes, 67,000 sq. ft. of Class AAA strata office space, and 32,000 sq. ft. of creative strata industrial space.
Based on the 2017-approved False Creek Flats Plan, the southwest corner of the flats are deemed to be an innovation hub with a mix of residential, retail, office, and creative industrial space. Archetype’s site accounts for about one-seventh of this innovation hub along the east side of Main Street between East 2nd Avenue to the south and Terminal Avenue to the north.
“Archetype is the first of its kind under the new local area plan for the False Creek Flats and a model for true mixed-use future developments in Vancouver and across North America,” said Michael Hungerford, partner with Hungerford Properties, in a statement.
“We are creating a micro, balanced community, a rare blend of creative urban industrial, office, retail and residential on transit in an architecturally-significant building that honours the heritage of the area.”
Marc Ricou, senior vice president of development for QuadReal Property Group, adds: “In addition to offering the only true office tower in the area, Archetype will be the link between Olympic Village, Mount Pleasant and the educational campuses to the east.”
The creative industrial spaces on the ground level will have full-height sliding glass doors and laneway units with glass overhead doors — ideal for showcasing businesses in food and beverage production, fashion, product design, and retail and manufacturing.
Both creative industrial and office tenants have access to a 3,400-sq-ft common rooftop amenity space with an indoor lounge, informal workspaces, a flexible 40-person multi-purpose meeting room, and an outdoor patio.
Rental housing tenants will also have access to their own private amenities, including a rooftop garden.