Setting new paradigms for residential design with cutting-edge environmental strategies while honouring iconic, formalist architecture principles of Vancouver’s rich past … introducing 1444 Alberni by Landa Global & Asia Standard America.
The proposal for 1444 Alberni pioneers new standards for zero-emission high rise development across the globe by employing the rigorous environmental, ecological and energy-efficient standards of Passive House buildings. The two residential towers are designed in honour of the great Formalist buildings throughout Vancouver’s rich architectural history.
The proposed site is located in the 1400 block of Alberni and Nicola Street in Vancouver’s thriving urban community in the West End. This amenity-rich neighbourhood in downtown Vancouver is within walking distance to Coal Harbour, Stanley Park and is surrounded by bicycle routes, shops, restaurants and other services.
The proposed design incorporates historical masonry, exceptional sculptural details and iconic crowns over the two building towers (43 and 48 storeys respectively, on a 7 storey podium). As a Passive House, the building will be the world’s biggest and tallest ultra-low energy building that requires little energy for space heating or cooling. Its unique, yet subtle design will integrate well in the West End neighbourhood.
1444 Alberni by Landa Global & Asia Standard America will provide 443 new homes to the urban neighbourhood. It will also honour the area’s high percentage of families and children by incorporating family-oriented homes, a 10,000 square foot childcare facility, outdoor space on-site and a new park on Nicola Street.
Set to become the largest twin tower development in Vancouver, 1444 Alberni by Landa Global & Asia Standard America, this important new project was designed by world-renowned architect Robert A. M. Stern Architects (RAMSA), and Musson Cattell Mackey (MCMP) to reflect the classic architecture of Vancouver. Influenced by historic Vancouver architecture, Alberni towers have solid, classic brick façades and period embellishments. The project includes 314 Market Strata and 129 Replacement Rental Units, with a City of Vancouver owned 56 Child Daycare and the western most 20’ portion of our site dedicated to a City owned Public Park.
· 43 and 48-storey twin towers
· 646,000 square feet
· 314 market strata units and 129 market rental units, for a total of 443 units
· a 56 space City owned childcare facility on Level 7
· six levels of underground parking with 484 vehicle parking stalls and 562 bicycle parking spaces
· a total floor space ratio (FSR) of 14.95 and a floor area of 60,131 sq m (647,249 sq ft)
· building heights of 134.7m (442.0 ft.), East Tower and 123.5m (405.0 ft), West Tower
· closure of Nicola Street between Alberni Street and the lane to create a new City park
1444 Alberni by Landa Global & Asia Standard America East Tower Unit Mix – 168 unit
· 56 One Bedrooms
· 96 Two Bedrooms
· 7 Three Bedrooms
· 7 Four Bedrooms
· 2 Penthouses (4 Bedrooms)
1444 Alberni by Landa Global & Asia Standard America West Tower Unit Mix – 146 units
· 60 One Bedrooms
· 66 Two Bedrooms
· 9 Three Bedrooms
· 9 Four Bedrooms
· 2 Penthouses (4 Bedrooms)
1444 Alberni by Landa Global & Asia Standard America Podium – 129 market rental units
This application is to rezone 1444 Alberni Street & 740 Nicola Street. The site is located within the Georgia Corridor as defined in the West End Plan; in a developing mixed use, high density area. This proposal will continue the growth of this area of the West End while providing much needed on-site amenities together with replacement and enhancement of the rental housing currently on-site.
The neighbouring site context is comprised of a mix of uses. To the west is a mix of residential and office, with significant new residential developments proposed. To the south is Robson Street, a major use corridor with hotel, residential and retail uses. Immediately to the east, Alberni Street is residential in character, further east transitions into a major retail street with a mix of office/hotel above. Linkages to transit are good with main bus routes 1 block to the north and south.
The site, approximately 43,282 sq. ft. in area, is currently zoned DD Area G with a density of 6 FSR and height limit of 300 ft. (relaxable by the Development Permit Board to 450 ft.) (137.2 m.)). View corridors restrict height to between approximately 480 ft. (146.3 m.) and 410 ft. (124.97 m.), across the site. The site is currently occupied by a mixed use building containing office and rental residential use – the rental residential use will be retained.
The proposal to rezone 1444 Alberni Street & 740 Nicola Street, referred to as 1468 Alberni, from Downtown District to CD 1 zoning, is required to accommodate a change in density from a permitted density of 6 FSR to the proposed density of 15 FSR.
Vancouver based developers Asia Standard Americas and Landa in partnership with architectural firms Robert A.M. Stern Architects (RAMSA) and Musson Cattell Mackey Partnership (MCMP) have judiciously collaborated to create a vision for the 1400 block of Alberni that is a confluence of all things West End. At the outset, it was unanimous that the design paid homage to the rich history of the surrounding area and incorporated the progressive nature of the West End Community Plan.
The proposal for 1444 Alberni Street is holistic in nature and begins with this end in mind. This ethos is reflected in the building design and the selection of masonry in order to produce something timeless.
It continues with the establishment of facilities that service crucial community needs such as a green space and a childcare facility. In addition, the prioritization of sustainability aligns the goals of the project with the standards set out by the City of Vancouver and its emphasis on environmentally sound strategies.
The project will also contribute to the West End Plan’s Public Benefit 6 Strategy through the provision of a substantial Community Amenity Contribution (CACs), which could be directed towards capital investments in the community.
The vision for 1444 Alberni by Landa Global & Asia Standard America is a throwback to the Formalist style, of the early 20th century, reflected in some of the city’s greatest buildings (Hotel Vancouver, The Marine Building, Vancouver Block). The proposed design celebrates the diverse architectural styles in the city and provides a unique contrast to the Vancouverism style of glass towers.
The proposed buildings, allowing residents and passers-by alike to feel connected to their surroundings, are residential in construct and consequently in feeling. That construct is found in the nuances only a multiscale building can express. They are essential to offering community expression.
Family Friendly Housing and Replacing Aging Rental
1444 Alberni will have an approximate total of 443 suites, which includes 129 rental suites. This maintains the existing number of rental homes on-site replacing the aging rental stock with new rental homes.
This revitalization upholds the long-term rental needs of the community. Suites will be designed for families with attention to size, interior layout, privacy, storage space and access to outdoor and common spaces.
Design & Architectural Considerations
According to the West End Community Plan, the West End neighbourhood has the fourth highest density of children in the city. This proposal includes a childcare facility to meet the needs of parents and children who reside in the West End.
There is an opportunity for a new public park at the corner of Alberni and Nicola, which will provide both residents and the community with access to additional green space.
This supports the city’s goal to allow everyone to live within a five- minute walk to a park, greenway, or natural space. Green space is highly valued by residents of the West End and is a major draw for visitors to the neighbourhood.
These foundational elements have formed the basis of our vision for the rezoning application. Although the project architecture is classic in design, the comprisal of social infrastructure embedded in this proposal is forward thinking and looks to the distinct needs of the surrounding community.
Consistent with the West End Community Plan – the proposal is supported by and responds to a number of regional and city policies. The natural beauty of the area and the vibrancy of this community are the essential elements this project wishes to support and align with in order to bring forth positive growth and exceptional quality of life for all residents in this community.
Building Name: 1444 Alberni
Address: 1444 Alberni Street & 740 Nicola Street, Vancouver BC
Developer: Asia Standard Americas & Landa Global
Architect: Musson Cattell Mackey Partnership & Robert A.M. Stern Architects
Interior Design: N/A
Year Built: Estimated completion Spring 2025
Unit Sizes: N/A
Levels: 2 twin towers, 43 and 48 storeys on a 7 storey podium
Suites: 443 units in which 314 are market strata units and 129 are market rental units
Property Type: Residential
Neighbourhood: West End
Deposit Structure: N/A
Cost/Square Foot: N/A
Monthly Maintenance: N/A
Cost To Purchase Parking: N/A
Cost To Purchase Storage: N/A
Contact Agnieszka Stryjecka for more information on 1444 Alberni, floor plans & pricing.
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