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242 West 6th Site Visit

This beautiful heritage house at 242 West 6th is coming together, with the roof complete, windows in, and the shingle cladding being installed. The renovation/restoration project is about 80% built, with estimated completion for Spring 2021.

The project will really come together over the next couple months as attention is turned to tiling, millwork, painting, site work and landscaping.

The project converts The Witton Residence, formerly a single-family home, into a duplex, with a full suite in one side and an infill house on the lane. A site that housed one family will now house four, keeping in line with the goal of densification for neighbourhoods near downtown.

The project went through a rezoning and a heritage review. The design will maintain the heritage value of the house and its expression on the exterior, while adding a new addition that complements (but doesn’t mimic) the original cladding. Some original elements have been restored, including stained glass windows, existing shingle siding, a belly-band and bell curve skirt on the shingles. An exploration into the historical paint of the building confirmed a colour scheme of Comox Green, Dunbar Buff and Stratchcona Red for the window trim, which will be matched. The house has gorgeous views down the hill to downtown.

Happy Holidays from Proscenium!

Wishing you and your loved ones a happy, safe and comfortable holiday season, from the Staff at Proscenium.

Proscenium will be closed for the season starting noon of December 24th  and will reopen on January 4th.

See you in 2021!

Newly Registered Architects

Huge congratulations to Pamela Troyer and Teague Shinkewski, who are both fully registered Architects AIBC as of this month! We are proud to have 50% women staff represented at Proscenium Architecture + Interiors.

Pamela has a Bachelor of Design from Emily Carr University and a Master of Architecture from UBC. Since joining Proscenium in 2019, she has assisted with residential and commercial buildings such as Cook Street Plaza and a heavy timber carwash in Richmond. Recently, she has been working on the UBC MacLeod building, an institutional renovation project, and an ongoing study of the Massey Theatre.

Pamela comes from a diverse background, studying abroad in Sweden and focussing on Industrial Design at Emily Carr University. She is also an active member of Vancouver’s cycling community, racing road bikes locally and internationally since 2016.

Teague joined Proscenium in 2016. Her design sensibility, attention to detail, and effective communication skills have allowed her to seamlessly transition to various projects roles and team structures within the firm.

Teague values architecture’s ability to enhance positive social, emotional and physical connection with the built environment and aims to bring human-centered design approaches to the projects in which she is involved. Recently, Teague has been an active team member in the design, tendering and construction documentation of UBC’s Electrical & Computer Engineering Building Renewal (MacLeod Building). She has a Bachelor’s degree with a major in Industrial Design and Visual Communication Design and a Master of Architecture from the University of British Columbia (2014).

750 SW Marine Drive in for rezoning!

We are thrilled that our project at 750 Southwest Marine Drive has gone in for rezoning and in its starting phases.

The proposed building is an eight-storey, mixed-use building between Oak St. and Cambie St. in Vancouver’s South Marpole district. It is located on the southeast corner of Marine and Aisne Street, walking distance from the Marine Drive Skytrain station. The project, for Chard Development, offers office and light industrial space. Substantial set backs along Marine Drive create opportunities for landscaping and a pedestrian realm away from the busy street edge.

The project includes commercial retail space at grade, light industrial space on levels one and two, office space on levels three to seven, and a building amenity space on level eight with rooftop views. Enhanced end of trip facilities and additional bicycle parking are provided to reduce car demand. This building has energy efficiency as a primary goal and is targeting LEED gold.

Design Concepts:

  • The building is set back from SW Marine Drive, allowing for generous pedestrian and landscaped areas to act as a buffer to the busy street edge and for storm water management.
  • Diagonal paths to the entrance serve two functions: to create a direct flow from for pedestrians from Marine Station and create accessible entry from either direction on the sloped site.
  • The final step in massing at the eighth floor creates a north and south facing amenity deck with intensive planting. The eighth floor provides indoor and outdoor amenity space for the entire building
  • From the second floor up, the building is designed to take advantage of views to the north, up the slope across the Marpole Community to the North Shore mountains beyond, and across the Fraser River and Richmond to the south and west.

1235 Marine Drive goes in for development permit

We are excited to announce that 1235 Marine Drive, a new four-storey residential/commercial project in North Vancouver has gone in for development permit.

The new project on the North Shore is a contemporary expression of the history of Marine Drive and its rich ship building past, historically an early industrial neighbourhood constructed of brick, steel and wood. We researched local building typology and expression circa 1900, and used our research to inform two options showcasing these materials, examining approaches to breaking up the building’s massing while maintaining a sense of project continuity.

Some design features from the Architect:

  • The residential floors hang over the commercial units, creating natural weather protection without having to resort to tacked-on canopies
  • We widened the sidewalk and added seating to encourage the use of Marine Drive as a walking and shopping destination
  • It has the ingredients of an industrial warehouse (wood, metal, brick) but those materials have been designed for residential suites instead
  • Bright red metal frames reflect the high energy of busy Marine Drive