Renderings: GBL Architects
An application has been submitted to develop the site of 1294 Granville Street into a six-storey, mixed-use development with retail at grade and 29 residential units above. The application was submitted by GBL Architects and, if approved, will transform the northeast corner of Granville and Drake Street in downtown Vancouver’s Granville Entertainment District.
A two-storey building currently occupies the 6,000-square-foot site, with a 7-Eleven on the main floor and office space on the second level. The property adjoins an existing 10-storey, mixed-use rental building to the northeast and sits across from other retail units at each corner of the intersection.
According to the design rationale, “the proposal is aligned with the guidelines intention for providing appropriately scaled density along the Granville Street corridor,” and will also incorporate retail on the ground floor “allowing for continuous commercial continuity along Granville and a strong anchoring exposure to the corner of the street intersection.”
Initial renderings reveal a slim, modern residence with narrow frontage along Granville Street and a wider facade on Drake Street, characterized by alternating window placements and hanging balconies. Exterior materials will include white brick, concrete and silver composite metal panels, which the architects state, “has been developed in harmony with the existing neighbourhood with a façade treatment that respects the massing, scale and quality of the existing heritage structures.”
The residential component is accessed off Drake Street and will consist of a mix of junior one-bedroom, regular one-bedroom and larger two-bedroom units on floors two through six. Residents will have access to private amenities situated on the ground level along with an outdoor, south-facing amenity space on the top floor.