The design of Elmwood by Marcon is shaped by the site. The commercial podium is a geological eruption from within, its sharp angular forms rising unexpectedly from the ground. The 38-storey residential tower is simple in nature and defined by positive and negative spaces. In both instances, the massing is counterpointed with impactful formal moves — strengthening its urban and geographic context while optimizing physical and visual contributions to the emerging Burquitlam-Lougheed neighbourhood.
The contrast between the complex forms of the commercial podium and simpler residential tower are accentuated by a visually prominent architectural screen that wraps the podium. Embracing the angular nature of the site, this sculptured screen both envelopes the structural columns, and is a character-defining and unifying element of the building. It is a landmark feature that can be seen from the east, west and south from both Como Lake Avenue and Clarke Road, or as one travels north on the skytrain towards Port Moody. The sculptural screen is echoed on the base of the Elmwood-facing commercial facades and repeated as a geometric within the cladding of the lower level of the residential tower.
The landscape takes organic form and flows across the site. The streetscape design along Como Lake Ave aims to expand the current public realm and provide connection between the building and the skytrain station. On Elmwood Street, an animated street frontage has been designed, including seating, lush landscaping, restaurant patio, and a distinctive residential entrance.
Located in the transit village, the site is easily and efficiently served by transit.
Elmwood by Marcon tower’s simple form creates a balanced appearance within rational geometry while meeting an average 7,300sf floorplate for the tower above podium level. This floorplate accomodates a range of housing types and offers 63 Studios, 136 One Bedrooms, 97 Two Bedrooms and 37 Three Bedrooms.
Residential Tower extends from grade to level 38, with residential units occupying levels 2 through 37.
Commercial Office use is through levels 2 to 4.
Ground Floor Commercial fronts future civil plaza to the east, Como Lake Avenue to the south and Elmwood to the west.
The land use concept envisions Burquitlam and Lougheed as complete, transit oriented neighbourhoods that contain a range of housing types in close proximity to shopping, employment and amenities set within a walkable, human-scaled setting with a high-degree of urban design excellence.
Through strong architectural and landscape responses, the development seeks to provide tangible physical and visual contributions to the urban fabric of the area. In addition, the added commercial space and 333 residences from this development will contribute significantly to the commercial core of the area and community.
Access is provided off the lane on the north edge of the site.
Mixed-use development is the key to a rich diversity of land uses and housing types.
The architectural genesis of the development is simple in nature but counterpointed with complex and impactful formal moves. Shaped by site-specific and urban design forces, the project juxtaposes simple and intricate forms, seeking to balance the impact of near and distant views of the development.
At a distance, the arrangement of slab edges and balcony guards brings multi-layered patterning to the building. This patterning breaks the tower into a repeating series which shifts as one proceeds around the building. The patterning of the tower is further accentuated by the materiality of guards at the most prominent horizontal balcony slabs, and the addition of more colourful soffits at these locations.
On the tower, balconies are organized across the facades into a series of repeating 6-storey lifts. They imply positive and negative spaces and add variation to the residential mass. The upper 3 storeys, as well as the mechanical and elevator penthouses, cap the building, providing a softened sculptured transition to the sky, while the prominent vertical patterns of the lower floors are extended to the underside of the mechanical penthouse.
Continuing the modernist tradition of simple, yet timeless geometric elements.
The landscape takes organic form and flows across the site. By selecting planting that are relatively loose and less structural, the landscape is softened. Combined with a variety of specimen trees, the seating design also takes a fluid form, creating a Pacific Northwest garden feel. Fluid and flexible movement from inside to outside across levels. Provide multiple moments of transition between indoor and outdoor and “sweet spots” that punctuate the space. Encourage outdoor experience and provide look outs for views towards the neighbourhood and beyond.
The pedestrian experience will be maximized by a fine-grained urban acess.
Connecting residents to earth and sky, amenities are distributed from the ground plane through to the 38th and uppermost level of the building.
The residential lobby is provided with a substantial seating area that will foster resident interaction and assist in developing a strong sense of community within the building.
Large interior amenity rooms are provided on Levels 6 and 38 allow enough flexibility for these spaces to also be a venue for special events: birthday parties, holiday celebrations, special meetings.
The flexible space on level 6 provides opportunity for a variety of play and sport elements. The outdoor spaces are flexible and support a variety of activities to happen at the same time — allowing different residents using the space to congregate by providing seating areas, and eliminating the formal border between social spaces, play spaces, and food spaces.
Level 6 Amenity Plan
Associated with the Amenity on Level 6, a large south facing, programmed and landscaped exterior amenity is located on the roof of the commercial podium. The curtainwall facade system extends from the levels below, enclosing the amenity and providing wind and acoustic screening.
Level 38 Amenity Plan
Outdoor amenity decks are provided on all sides of the level 38 multiuse amenity, with the most generous deck facing south.
Provide shared social spaces on different levels that extend everyday life outdoors.
ABOUT THE DEVELOPER
We started our real estate journey in 1985, and after millions of feet of lumber and countless yards of concrete, Marcon became a credible name in the construction community. We have the knowledge, the skills, and the desire to stand apart from other builders – we still do. After years of working with development partners, we saw an opportunity to develop our own projects. Our foundation and our strength in construction have led to worthwhile developments with consistent quality and timely completions. We value transparency and accountability in all aspects of our work, which means communities can trust us to deliver on our commitments.
Building Name: Elmwood
Address: 606 and 612 Elmwood Street & 585 Como Lake Avenue, Coquitlam BC
Developer: Marcon Developments
Architect: Shift Architecture
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Property Type: Ground oriented retail (9,280 sf), commercial office (26,305 sf) and residential (249,586 sf)
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