Residential tower of the planned 19-story passive house near Marine Drive station

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A major green passive house building in the form of a residential tower is envisioned for a site just a five-minute walk from the SkyTrain Marine Drive station in South Vancouver.

The design concept by European architectural firm Urban Agency replaces six single-family homes at 8120-8168 Lord Street and 540 West 65th Avenue – immediately east of the French-language École des Colibris and Ash Park – for a 19 floors.

The tower, known as the “Vancouver Forest”, is said to be inspired by the natural landscapes of the region.

There is a series of stepped terraces on the south side of the tower to provide the homes with ample patio spaces and sun exposure. The corners of the building are curved to soften its appearance, and the trees and landscaping of the patios and terraces complement the warmth and texture of the wood facade.

Artistic rendering of the Passive House residential tower concept for 8120-8168 Lord Street and 540 West 65th Avenue, Vancouver. (Urban agency)

8120-8168 Lord Street 540 West 65th Avenue Vancouver

Artistic rendering of the Passive House residential tower concept for 8120-8168 Lord Street and 540 West 65th Avenue, Vancouver. (Urban agency)

According to the architect, the use in the design of a bamboo-clad cross-laminated timber frame construction method takes advantage of the long-lasting and sustainable use of bamboo as a material.

Bamboo has similar tensile strength to steel, but it is lightweight and more durable than timber for harvesting, as it grows 15 times faster than traditional timber.

The facade of the tower also presents an alternation of windows and coatings which serve to improve the thermal insulation to align with the standards of the passive house.

8120-8168 Lord Street 540 West 65th Avenue Vancouver

Artistic rendering of the Passive House residential tower concept for 8120-8168 Lord Street and 540 West 65th Avenue, Vancouver. (Urban agency)

8120-8168 Lord Street 540 West 65th Avenue Vancouver

Artistic rendering of the Passive House residential tower concept for 8120-8168 Lord Street and 540 West 6th Avenue, Vancouver. (Urban agency)

8120-8168 Lord Street 540 West 65th Avenue Vancouver

Artistic rendering of the Passive House residential tower concept for 8120-8168 Lord Street and 540 West 65th Avenue, Vancouver. (Urban agency)

Additionally, the tower improves the public realm and connectivity of the area by creating a three-story exterior corridor across the east-west axis of the structure between Lord Street and the east aisle.

In total, the Vancouver Forest is said to contain approximately 200 homes and 43,000 square feet of “community space.”

This proposal is currently at the pre-application stage; no formal request has yet been submitted to the municipal administration.

8120-8168 Lord Street 540 West 65th Avenue Vancouver

Location of 8120-8168 Lord Street and 540 West 65th Avenue, Vancouver. (Google Maps)

8120-8168 Lord Street 540 West 6th Avenue Vancouver Passive House

Location of 8120-8168 Lord Street and 540 West 65th Avenue, Vancouver. (Google Maps)

As currently envisioned, the project exceeds allocations for this specific transit-focused site established in the city government’s Cambie Corridor Plan (PCC). It allows a building of up to 12 stories if 100% of the residential floor area is secure rental housing – with a minimum of 20% below-market rental housing – for a floor area ratio density of d ‘a floor area 3.5 times larger than the lot size.

The PCC also stipulates that a single taller mid-rise building should be located approximately in the middle of the block, shading should be minimized on the adjacent school grounds, and floor patches above the podium should not exceed an average. of 6,500 square feet.

The headquarters of the Urban Agency are located in Copenhagen, Dublin and Lyon. The Dominion residential building complex in Calgary is currently one of its largest projects under construction.


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