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‘Erickson-esque’ Slate Block approved by city council

Plans for a six-storey development on Cambie Street, known as the Slate Block, have been approved by Vancouver city council.

The development, designed by Vancouver-based Arno Matis Architecture, is inspired by the formations of metamorphic rock in nearby Queen Elizabeth Park.

The upcoming building at 4338-4362 Cambie Street will include 68 strata condominium units, including six townhouses on the laneway.

There will be 68 underground parking spaces and 129 Class A bicycle spaces.

Renderings: Slate Block by Arno Matis Architecture

Slate Block rendering
Building rendering. Credit: Arno Matis Architecture
Slate Block rendering
Building rendering. Credit: Arno Matis Architecture
Slate Block Cambie Street rendering
Rendering of upcoming development at 4338-4362 Cambie Street. Credit: Arno Matis Architecture Inc.

Materials on the project include extensive use of concrete, steel and glass.

Several large trees on the Cambie Heritage Boulevard surround the site, and helped shape the building form, according to the architects.

“The massing is pushed and pulled around this foliage to create a residual form that pays homage to the neighbourhood’s unique greenery. Much like metamorphic rock layers that build up a topography over time, the massing of the proposal is divided into a series of clearly defined horizontal layers; sliding to accommodate historic trees and protruding to create residential decks,” reads the design rationale.

Form and massing
Form and massing. Credit: Arno Matis Architecture
West elevation
West elevation. Credit: Arno Matis Architecture

Landscaping by Enns Gauthier Landscape Architects will include terraces of low hedges, perennials and shrubs within concrete retaining walls.

The building’s common amenity area will include planters, seating, a children’s play area, dog run, table tennis and an outdoor bar with seating.

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Peter Meiszner
Peter Meiszner
Peter Meiszner is an experienced journalist and media relations professional, based in Vancouver. As founder of urbanYVR.com, he has been reporting on urban development across the Lower Mainland since 2016, and has also served as vice-chair of the Gastown Historic Area Planning Committee. In October 2022, he was elected to Vancouver city council and is no longer actively reporting for urbanYVR.

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