CONTINUUM TOWNHOMES856 Orwell Street, North Vancouver, BC
The recently completed development includes twenty-three, family-oriented townhouses located between Orwell Street and Premier Street. The 3-storey units in seven residential blocks, range from 2-bedrooms to 4-bedrooms.
The Lynnmour / Inter-River Local Plan recommends the area to be redeveloped with low-density, ground orientated multiple units integrated with the established neighbourhood. The surrounding area is still largely single family, but successful townhouse projects have been completed nearby, including the adjacent Wedgewood, Legacy and Connect at Natures Edge townhomes.
A slope challenges the site, with over eight-foot difference in grade. Flood mitigation requirements with different FCL (Flood Control Levels) between the east and west lots significantly affected the sitting and height of the buildings. The challenge was to create an efficient design within the context of a sloping site and provide pedestrian and vehicular connections at different levels from the two streets.
Optimizing views and ensuring privacy of adjacent buildings were also key considerations in the design of the roof deck spaces. Views are expansive primarily to the north, overlooking the mountains.
A large community garden is located at the south-west corner, with lush landscape and new, large specimen trees replacing the existing trees. The landscaped area will complement the local Lynnmour Park and provide space for outdoor playing and socializing. The project presents a contemporary architectural language. The overall massing is simple with flat roofs, yet interesting with distinct ‘window frames’, defined by accent material – metal panel. The blocks of different unit types have individual expression due to different module dimensions, design and material application. Individual unit entries have been created along the streets with decorative wood-composite horizontal screens and gates.
Developer / Client
Brody Development Group
Year of Completion