A proposal for a four-storey, Winston Chong Architects-designed condominium in Oakridge has been submitted to the City of Vancouver.

The development would replace three existing single-family homes on the northwest corner of West 49th Avenue and Alberta Street. The mixed-use residence would house 63 market condominiums and seven commercial retail units, built over an underground parking garage with 66 spaces.


Located at 319 West 49th Avenue in Vancouver’s Oakridge neighbourhood, the mid-rise condo would be situated within an existing community of two- or three-storey multi-family residential homes and apartments.


To the southeast is a YMCA branch, Langara Park and the Langara Golf Course, while 300 metres east is the Langara College campus. The site is also well-connected to various Translink routes, including the Langara-49th station along the Canada Line, as well as a bus stop for Route 49, which travels westbound towards UBC and eastbound to Metrotown.


Designed by Vancouver architect Winston Chong, the proposed building features a contemporary design with strong horizontal and vertical lines, large balconies, and an earth-tone colour palette of brown, beige, charcoal and grey. Exterior materials consist of vinyl windows with charcoal grey frames, cementitious cladding in charcoal and natural wood tones, cedar wood columns, and prefinished aluminium slats in light bronze, or tinted glass on balconies.

“The design intent is to provide a building which is residential in character and respectful of its location in the newly emerging urban context of West 49th Avenue and Cambie Street,” reads the design rationale. “This is achieved through a simplicity of geometry, the use of well-proportioned, clean, cubic volumes as well as regularly-sized windows, repeating motives and unifying design elements.”


If approved, the development would offer a mix of suites that reflect the City of Vancouver’s rezoning policy for family-oriented units, including a minimum of 10 percent three-bedroom and 25 percent two-bedroom units. Amenities would feature two levels of underground parking, secure bicycle storage, at-grade retail spaces and landscaped patio areas. The project would also have an indoor amenity room on the ground floor and a private roof deck for residents.

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