Kitsilano Community Redevelopment
Scot Hein, Patrick Condon
Contributing Cohort Members:
Camila C. | Maryam A. | Ramneek B. | Urshi A. | Wenwen Z. | Jaldhi G. | Harry Z. | Xue L. | Iris W. | Luc B. | Rebecca W. | Elahe A.
Kitsilano feels like home, a community of cheerful houses, beautiful mature trees and a bustling pedestrian realm. This was the spirit the design intends to capture through shaping public space and rethinking the urban city. A few important pieces led this design. First the need to mask both the mass of Safeway and the proposed bowling alley, key pieces to the creation and conservation of the public nature of 4th Avenue. Second, maintaining the fine grain nature of 4th through small retail shops, supporting local businesses by reducing store sizes, with potential to expand later. Third, the need to rethink on site parking strategies. This concept uses a ground floor parkade masked on all sides, short the laneway, by retail, offices and housing with one floor of underground parking on both the east and west sides. This strategy maximizes stall space, potential for future shop and housing growth and reduces the cost, making for a better economic value for future tenants. Reaching a 3.9 FSR it’s rather dense in comparison to its immediate surroundings but with continued growth and to promote a better economic solution to the cost of housing new models must be proposed. While dense, communities have private and public shared spaces allowing for intimate and casual/chance interactions. This design also allows for a phasing structure to allow Safeway to remain operational while the new store is under construction.
Collective Design Strategy Guidelines - Developed as a cohort.