The rezoning of 2970 Kingsway, a triangular former gas station site, aims to create much needed Secured Market Rental housing aligned with the City of Vancouver’s’ Housing and Homelessness strategy. The previous C-2 zoning on the lot has recently been expanded to allow six storeys of rental housing. The project makes the most of that with 127 Secured Market Rental residential units above commercial use at grade, at a density of 3.96 FSR.

The extremely unique triangular nature of the site represents an opportunity to create a dramatic, yet appropriate, architectural response. We have endeavored to address the city context through careful consideration of height, scale, proportion, and orientation.

The Kingsway frontage of the property is over 345’-0” / 105m long, so breaking this facade into smaller components is a fundamental requirement. The proposed massing carries the full 6-storeys at both Kingsway facing corners, with the building form overhanging the commercial units below. This strategy articulates the corners as urban markers, responding to the presence of the street intersection in a unique manner, and further accentuated by wrapping building form and extending residential balconies.

The dramatic flatiron point of the building stands alone facing the length of Kingsway. Travellers on Kingsway will experience the iconic street-end view of the building’s point dead ahead for blocks before the road gently curves away just before the building.

City: Vancouver, BC
Area: 101,000 sq ft
Status: Ongoing