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Renfrew Residences adds new rentals near SkyTrain

Renfrew Residences is an upcoming rental apartment project on Renfrew Street, with 185 units in two buildings designed by WA Architects.

The unit sizes will include studios, one, two and three bedroom apartments, with studio unit sizes ranging from 364-471 square feet.

In both buildings, approximately 20 per cent of the floor area will be designated for moderate income households — targeted at households earning between $30,000-$80,000 annually. The moderate income units will be located on floors two through four in both buildings.

Both of the Renfrew Residences buildings will include ground floor retail. The buildings step down along Renfrew in response to the sloped site, directly north of the La Salle Vancouver college and two blocks from the SkyTrain station.

Renfrew Residences site and context
Site and context. Credit: WA Architects Ltd.

In the design rationale, WA Architects says the Renfrew Street and East 10 Avenue façades “utilize a contemporary architectural expression where the massing on all façades is reduced by incorporating interlocking ‘blocks’ of the second, third and fourth floors.”

A strong, distinct colour is used on the commercial ground floor level where it creates a consistent, continuous band suitable for signage. This colour is then repeated on the upper floors as a unifying element that connects the ground floor to the top levels.This concept is carried throughout the entire project (both North and South buildings).

Two levels of parking will serve the residents of both buildings.

Renderings: Renfrew Residences rental apartments

Renfrew Residences South building
South building rendering. Credit: WA Architects Ltd.
Renfrew Residences South building
South building rendering. Credit: WA Architects Ltd.
Renfrew Residences North building
North building rendering. Credit: WA Architects Ltd.
North building
North building rendering. Credit: WA Architects Ltd.

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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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