Porte Communities and Reliance Properties have applied to rezone a 48,072 SF site in the False Creek Flats area for a new office building.
The plan for the site at 339 East 1st Avenue, adjacent the Red Truck Brewery, is to rezone from the current I-3 zoning to allow development of a 6-storey office building. The proposal includes:
- general office space on floors 2-6;
- ground floor retail;
- a total floor area of 144,216 SF;
- a total density of 3.0 FSR;
- a building height of 100 ft; and
- two levels of underground parking accessed from E 1st Avenue, with 275 vehicle parking spaces, 46 bicycle parking stalls and six loading spaces.
The I3 zoning schedule permits the density and built form being proposed, but restricts uses, so the rezoning is required to allow general office use.
The rezoning application describes the design rationale: “On the roof tops are amenity spaces to provide the building occupants with an easily accessible green space. This is in addition to the landscaped areas fronting Brewery Creek. The building facade colour is meant to invoke both typical rail engine colour schemes as well as colours of autumn. Distributions in glazing on the facade are meant to create a horizontal movement along the building exterior as well as solar heat gain control due to its 50:50 ratio. On the South and West elevations of the building, there are also diagonal solar shading devices which serve not only for sun control but as distinctive design elements.”
The architect for the project is IBI Group.
The full rezoning application can be viewed here: http://rezoning.vancouver.ca/applications/339e1st/index.htm