HousingThe Cape Group breaks ground on mass timber rental project

The Cape Group breaks ground on mass timber rental project

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The Cape Group has broken ground on an arts-focused, mass-timber rental building on East 2nd Avenue near Emily Carr University, designed by Human Studio Architecture + Urban Design.

“The Raphael” will include 95 rental units consisting of artist studios and two-bedroom units, in a five-storey building, with 10,000 square feet of ground floor retail space. There will also be two artist studios, rented at special rates for artists in residence, and operated by Grunt Gallery. The building will be constructed with mass timber.

The Cape Group groundbreaking at Raphael
The Cape Group groundbreaking at Raphael. Credit: The Cape Group

The artist studios have been designed to offer adequate working space in the living room area with natural light for artists. There’s also a shared workspace amenity and a multi-purpose exhibition space off the lobby. In addition, oversized sinks, and increased electrical outlets near the workspace will be provided.

There will be 10,000 square feet of wholesale space on the ground floor. The development site was previously home to Ralphs Recycled Auto Parts, a company that was in the community since 1913. The name ‘Raphael’ is meant as an ode to this historical business.

Renderings: The Cape Group’s art-focused rentals

Front exterior of Raphael
Front exterior of Raphael. Credit: The Cape Group
The Cape Group rental apartments at Raphael
Rear elevation of The Raphael. Credit: Human Studio | Architecture + Urban Design
Front exterior of Raphael
Front exterior of Raphael. Credit: The Cape Group
The Raphael architectural drawing
Architectural drawing of The Raphael. Credit: Human Studio | Architecture + Urban Design
The Raphael project site context
Project site on East 2nd Avenue, current location of Lordco Auto Parts. Credit: Human Studio | Architecture + Urban Design
The Raphael project site
The development site is located close to the future Millennium Line extension SkyTrain station at Emily Carr University. Credit: Human Studio | Architecture + Urban Design

Mass timber is becoming an increasingly popular choice for rental and office development across Vancouver, with proposals across the city, including:

Pineview Mass Timber tower Vancouver
Rendering of Pineview, a mixed-use, hybrid Mass Timber podium and tower project proposed in Vancouver. Credit: Perkins + Will

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