750 Southwest Marine Drive

750 Southwest Marine Drive 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 proposed building 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.

The building is designed to be 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. Finally, the step in massing at the eighth floor creates a north and south facing amenity deck with intensive planting. 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

This mixed-use four storey 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 a design that showcases these materials, breaking up the building’s massing while maintaining a sense of project continuity.

Our approach features a contemporary street wall vocabulary along the Marine Drive façade. Breaking the length of the building to meet the neighbourhood design guidelines created an opportunity for a more dynamic expression for the residential entrance, which in turn allowed us to provide a connection to the rear of the site.

The stand-alone segment of the project offers the unique opportunity to have units windows on multiple sides resulting in residential units full of natural light.

Using the architectural vocabulary of the Marine Drive façade, we developed the south façade to be more responsive to passive sustainable design, with deeper overhangs to control solar gain. The vocabulary of the south facade is also more in keeping with the residential scale of the lane.

Cook St. Plaza

Cook Street Plaza is a comprehensive mixed-use development in the City of Victoria. The vision for the project is to supply a range of market and below-market housing options and locally supportive commercial space for a walkable, thriving urban area with excellent access to transportation options.

The development includes a six-storey building designed to address Victoria’s new Inclusionary Housing Policy (“Haven”), the remediation and renovation of an existing medical office building, a 12-storey mixed use building including daycare facility (“Nest”), and an extensive site plan that ties the uses together to make a destination of the spaces between.