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Design of latest River District building inspired by the sturgeon fish

Wesgroup Properties is planning a six-storey, mixed-use building in the River District it hopes will help address Vancouver’s rental housing shortage.

The project at 3350 Marine Way at Sawmill Crescent will include:

  • 178 secured market rental units
  • five rental units and 12 live/work units

The architects at Yamamoto Architecture looked to the white sturgeon for design inspiration, stating:

“The sturgeon concept suggests a way in which the irregular geometries of the building can be contained within a single skin. As with the sturgeon, the building is directional, with walls oriented to buffer traffic noise and balconies positioned to provide solar shading.”

3350 Marine Way renderings
View along Sawmill Crescent southwest. Credit: Yamamoto Architecture
3350 Marine Way renderings
View on Marine Way, northwest. Credit: Yamamoto Architecture
3350 Marine Way material palette
3350 Marine Way material palette. Credit: Yamamoto Architecture
3350 Marine Way streetscape
Marine Way streetscape. Credit: Yamamoto Architecture

The building exterior will be clad in dark metal corrugated siding and a smooth, off-white cementitious panel on the interior of balconies. 

There are two outdoor amenity areas: a southwest-facing area with children’s play areas, urban agriculture, numerous seating areas, and a dog run; and a laneway amenity area with heavily planted greenery. Indoor amenity areas include a lounge, communal dining and kitchen area, a media room, and a gym, connected to the outdoor areas.

The development is one of many upcoming and recently completed buildings in the River District, including:

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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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