303 Marine Drive, The Sentinel by Darwin presents a unique opportunity to mark the eastern boundary of West Vancouver with a building that contributes to the public realm at the pedestrian scale, and also to the significant distant skyline view as the North Shore is approached from the Lions Gate Bridge by car, bicycle or foot.

The Sentinel by Darwin will be architecturally distinctive and will compliment and contribute to the community amenity and infrastructure investments planned for the area. 303 Marine Drive, is a convenient location and will facilitate much-needed housing opportunities in proximity to transit and employment, both on the North Shore and across Lions Gate Bridge in Downtown Vancouver.

The Sentinel by Darwin is located park front at the tranquil West Vancouver end of Lions Gate Village and is a boutique collection of 1 & 2 bedroom residences inspired by the best of single-family-home living.

The housing diversity for The Sentinel by Darwin will be:
· Four 1 Bedroom+Lock-Off (760 + 300 sf)
· Twelve 1 Bedroom (600 sf)
· Seventy One 2 Bedroom+Larger (1,100 sf)
· Total of 87 units

The Sentinel by Darwin includes a 26-storey residential building and townhouses containing a total of 141 units; including, 48 market rental units, 87 market condominiums, and six two-storey supportive townhouses. The development will be built over 2 levels of below-ground parking.


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The Sentinel by Darwin will align with Step 2 Energy Requirements of the BC Energy Step Code and LEED Gold Certification for the Tower, and Passive House Certification for the six supportive townhouses.

The Sentinel by Darwin is positioned within close proximity to Klahanie Park and the emerging Lions Gate Town Centre and will be part of a transit-oriented community that is close to commercial services and public amenities.

The Sentinel by Darwin (303 Marine Drive, West Vancouver) rezoning and development permit application proposal features:

· 141 units (87 market condos, 48 rental units, 6 non-market rental townhouses)
· public realm additions including pedestrian connections and a plaza, a multi-use pathway, and new landscaping
· common resident amenity areas including children’s play equipment, an open lawn area and a water feature
· resident 2 storey amenity building including recreation and fitness facilities and a guest suite (5,700 sf of indoor amenity)
· 201 underground parking spaces
· 311 underground bike storage spaces
· 12.1% site coverage
· tower height of 85 metres
· FSR area of 173,000 sf (3.25 FSR)
· Earls Restaurant currently occupies the site and will be vacating in early 2018 to relocate to a new development in Ambleside.

The Sentinel by Darwin is an  important ‘gateway’ site and presents a unique opportunity to mark the eastern boundary of West Vancouver with a building that contributes to the public realm at the pedestrian scale, and also to the significant distant skyline view as the north shore is approached from the Lions Gate Bridge by car, bicycle or by foot. The existing use on the site is an aging restaurant building and surface parking lot whose tenant will soon be relocating to a new development in Ambleside.

The Sentinel by Darwin incorporates elements of West Coast modernism that fits within the natural setting and announces itself as a signature building along Marine Drive. The Sentinel by Darwin will serve as a gateway element moving east from West Vancouver and the Lions Gate Bridge into the emerging Lions Gate Village Centre in the District of North Vancouver.

Design inspiration for the building was taken from its North Shore setting including forests, mountains and significant views in an almost 360 degree pattern. Materials such as stone and simulated wood soffits are utilized with a nod to the unique setting of the building. The basic building floor plate is approximately 662.4 square metres (7,130 square feet) and the massing is split into two distinct elements each expressed as slender elements using differentiating materials and colours. Scalloped curving balconies on the entire west elevation of the building play on the West Coast modernism architecture and add a whimsical character compared with the contrasting formal expression of the other elevations.

A series of four townhouses to the north of the main building complete the site arrangement and provide a transitional scale to the adjacent Klahanie BC Housing site to the west. They have a West Coast architectural expression that is coordinated with the tower and are focused to the street.

The condo units and the purpose-built rental units contain a range of unit styles in addition to ground-oriented townhouses that will introduce a variety of housing options that respond to and fit contextually within the emerging Lions Gate Town Centre in North Vancouver. This housing direction is consistent with the LAP as it prioritizes residential use, generates less traffic than commercial uses and will not dissipate the planned commercial core in the adjacent town centre.

The project is designed in specific response to its contextual setting as part of North Vancouver’s emerging urban centre focused at Capilano Road and Marine Drive. The built form, density and height are compatible with the development pattern of the area. Ultimately, the vision for this project is to read as part of this broader development, without a conspicuous delineation between jurisdictions through a coordinated public realm streetscape including a landscaped boulevard, sidewalk, and separated bicycle lanes.

The LAP established a building hierarchy and arrangement of building heights derived from an urban design analysis where heights are stepped down northward from International Plaza, with taller buildings arranged on Marine Drive. Reflecting this, the proposed building is a single tower fronting Marine Drive similar in height to International Plaza.

The new building will create the western ‘bookend’ of buildings along Marine Drive, creating a balance of building forms and masses. The tower rests upon a two-storey amenity building that incorporates an angled, green roof. This angularity gives a sense of dynamic movement in the amenity building street wall along Marine Drive, creating a visually interesting building form at the pedestrian level.

Lower scaled townhouses on the north of the site provide a smaller scale to the pedestrian environment and create compatibility between the Klahanie site to the west and similar-scaled development planned for the northern portion of the town centre. The proposed density, height and built form of the proposal complies with the LAP.

Darwin is a leading builder with a reputation for honesty and quality, collaboration and innovation. Since 1987, Darwin has satisfied the needs and tastes of our customers, maintaining our position as the North Shore’s most trusted development company.

Born and bred in North Vancouver, with many of us currently living on the North Shore, we know what makes our home unique. As the area continues to grow, we will continue to be strong supporters of protecting North Shore way of life as we all create a sustainable and exceptional community for generations to come.

In more than 30 years of construction and development in British Columbia, we have built homes, community centres, libraries, office buildings, schools, shopping centres, restaurants and hotels in municipalities from Deep Cove to Horseshoe Bay. Today, Darwin has more than 50 acres of industrial, commercial and residential projects in the planning or construction phase.

Building Name: The Sentinel
Address: 303 Marine Drive, North Vancovuer BC
Developer: Darwin Properties
Architect: Chris Dikeakos Architects Inc.
Interior Design: N/A
Year Built: Estimated completion end of 2021
Prices: N/A
Unit Sizes: N/A
Levels: 26
Suites: 141 units (87 market condos, 48 rental units, 6 non-market rental townhouses)
Property Type: Residential
Area: West Vancouver
Neighbourhood: Pemberton
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

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