Chelsea by Cressey will inspire a new level of design and quality along the Cambie Corridor. With Queen Elizabeth Park located directly across the street, these well planned homes with highly efficient floorplans will be the new benchmark for this rapidly growing neighbourhood.

Chelsea by Cressey is a collection of one, two and three bedroom condos. These 6-storey concrete residences are situated on Vancouver’s natural elevation offering stunning views of Downtown Vancouver, North Shore Mountains and Vancouver’s Westside.

The building separation between the north and south building is strategically placed, adjacent to the City’s mini park along Cambie, as an extension into the development. To further activate the space, we placed the two buildings’ entry ways and amenity outdoor spaces within the building separation for more efficient use of the open space. In line with this open space is the parking entry. Due to the natural grading of the site, the parkade entry for Chelsea by Cressey is located one floor below the outdoor amenity space, providing separation for the two uses.

Along 31st Avenue and the south end of the walkway are two-storey townhomes that gradually step down to respond to the grade changes. Along the lane in the north building are smaller units with stepped patios, planters, and landscaing that work well with the challenges of the grade changes. Shared amenity space is located in the south building along the lane with the outdoor space between the two buildings. One-bedroom units at grade are situated near Cambie, close to the building entries. All ground-level units will have their own outdoor landscaped patios and entry canopies to provide a smooth transition between the street and building.

The two proposed buildings are six storeys high along Cambie, following guidelines 4.3.2 and 5.1.2, where an 8′ setback is introduced above the fourth storey. One exception is the fifth floor which is not stepping as an attempt to simplify the massing of the building along the Cambie side. The fourth floor setback is also provided along the sides of the building to provide a clear four-storey expression along Cambie and the side streets, which is consistent with the QE Empire project next to our site.

Along the lane, both buildings are set back 8′ at the third and fifth levels. Furthermore, to relate to the neighboring two-storey single family homes at the rear, the units at grade will have projected balconies towards the lane providing more variation in building height, and a stronger two to three storey building mass to help activate the land and provide a scale transition as per guideline 5.1.3.

Due to the unique shape and slopes of the site, we rotated the south building away for the north building so that the south building does not face the busy Cambie street while also providing more separation between the two buildings for outdoor amenity space. The resulting two buildings are tied together by materials and common architectural features.

The north building, being rectangular in shape, has a strong horizontal reading from balcony and slab edge projections, in combination with clearly defined boxes that are formed by enclosed balconies or two-storey townhomes. The south building with a much smaller site, triangular in shape, is more vertical in its character. Due to the setback requirements, these vertical elements terminate or cut back at certain floors, naturally creating a pyramid-like form.

Both buildings of Chelsea by Cressey use glass, brick, and stone on the exterior. Natural gray stone is used at the ground level and the second level—the base of the building—where the building is closest to the streets, and where pedestrians can see the finer grained material at eye-level. A neutral yet bright beige brick accents vertical building lines. Blue-tinted vision glass is used at living areas and bedrooms, with blue-gray spandrel glass for energy conservation. The prominent fourth and fifth storey balconies at the corner of Cambie and 30th are highlighted with a composite wood soffit. Painted concrete planters, open to light above, also highlight balconies throughout both buildings.

The entryways of the south and north buildings at Cambie and 31st are designed in a similar manner with large balcony projections on several floors that work as a design element that ties the two projects together, while marking the two most visible corners of the project to the public.

Building Name:  Chelsea
Address:  4663 Cambie Street, Vancouver BC
Developer:  Cressey Development Group
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Levels:  6
Suites:  74
Property Type:  Residential
Area:  Vancouver
Neighbourhood:  Cambie
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