Last week, we received support from the Design Panel for T3 Mount Pleasant, a new 12-storey mass-timber office project designed by DLR Group for which Proscenium is Associate Architect. The project (developed by Houston-based Hines and local developer PC Urban) joins other T3 buildings around the world named for their use of mass timber, technology and close proximity to transit.
We are excited to see this project moving forward, having already received support from the heritage commission. The project site on 6th Ave in Mount Pleasant is currently occupied by a heritage building, the SFU Elementary Annex (1929). Proscenium’s involvement has been focused on the relocation and revitalization of the heritage building to reintroduce it to the institutional and cultural life of the city.
This proposal lifts the heritage building onto a reconstructed, at-grade ground floor anchoring the northeast corner of the site and fronting onto a lane activated by murals by local artists. Its new location against the arts walk concentrates cultural programming and allows the Annex to maintain a presence on 6th, filtering pedestrian access through a new entry plaza shared with the site’s new tenant, a mixed-use industrial office building.
The reconstruction at grade along with a new dedicated elevator will allow the plaza to provide equitable and accessible circulation throughout the Annex. It also allows users to appreciate the high degree of retained character-defining elements on the project such as wood sash windows and half-timber detailing. The Annex’ new colour palette is based on the historical colour scheme with the intent to take the annex colour back to its original contrasting light stucco with dark wood tracery and light window treatment.
Proscenium has a long history working with heritage buildings, due to our founders’ passion for arts and cultural buildings. We have worked on many of Vancouver’s cultural treasures, including the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver East Cultural Centre (“the Cultch”), the Stanley Theatre, the Massey Theatre and more.
We look forward to providing further updates about T3 Mount Pleasant!