This exciting commercial rezoning proposal is a next-generation development that seeks to leverage upon its strategic location along the Broadway Transit Corridor adjacent the Vancouver General Hospital to offer a critically needed expansion of hotel/retail programming to the area.
The project aspires to set a new benchmark for Hotels in Canada with respect to wellness-oriented development; setting both a high sustainable design standard as well as a WELL™ certification; an approach that speaks to the next frontier of building; holistic architecture (a balanced wellness and sustainable orientation). The WELL™ Building Standard marries best practices in design and construction with evidence-based health and wellness interventions. It harnesses the built environment as a vehicle to support human health, wellbeing and comfort.
HEALTHY BUILDING The architectural expression is derived from a desire to connect to the natural context and mountain topography of the region. The orientation toward “wellness” and healthy building is a strong driver for the use of natural materials (including the use of wood) and primacy of the landscape and the healing properties of nature in the expression of this project.
COURTYARD PODIUM AND ROOFTOP WELLNESS PATH Rooftop gardens and pathways sit atop each massing element creating “wellness paths”. These paths are expressed in the building form and landscape surfaces, and tie together the palette of wellness-oriented amenities.
RESPONSIVE BUILDING SKIN A dedication to sustainable and responsive building results in an approach to the façades that are derived from solar orientation and passive sustainable strategies, including the use of passive shading devices which become a dominant theme in the rhythm and textures of the architecture.
Physical Model by: AB Scale Models
Model Photography by: Colin Goldie