PLACE Architect Ltd. has applied to the City of Vancouver to develop an infill site at 344 West 16th Avenue, currently occupied by a 1940s-era townhome.
The proposal would see the older home replaced with a new three-storey residence with five units and four surface parking spaces with access from the rear lane.
When designing the new building, the architects paid particular attention to its location along a pedestrian and family-friendly neighbourhood. The housing in the area consists of a mix of single-family and multi-unit dwellings with a strong traditional Vancouver residential feel with sidewalks, corner shops and mature shade trees.
Standing at 10.47 metres (34.35 feet), the structure would be similar in height to neighbouring homes and boast architectural details that add character to the home and surrounding area.
“Our proposal will fit into this context of character houses with its pitched roofs, porches, and crisp trim; bringing a modern expression to these cherished features of residential architecture,” reads the design rationale. “The massing, materials, and details are chosen to relate to the surrounding context, but the purity of form and detail will place this house
in its time.”
Renderings show a two-toned facade with acrylic stucco siding in medium grey on the lower portion, while the rest of the building is wrapped in board and batten siding in allura calvary blue.
The north and south elevations are topped with two pitched roofs clad in fiberglass asphalt shingles in a charcoal colour. Aluminum windows and metal doors finish off the exterior design, while adjacent gardens and generous common front and rear yards will ensure plenty of outdoor social space.
The proposal describes the interiors as bright and airy with views of the surrounding gardens and feature Velux skylights for more natural light.