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Former sawmill inspired design of latest River District community

Wesgroup Properties is seeking city permission to develop a four-building development in the River District.

The upcoming development, designed by DIALOG, will include four midrise residential buildings (4, 5, 8 and 12 storeys), as well as a central, two-storey amenity building.

View of entry plaza
View of entry plaza. Credit: Wesgroup Properties
View into courtyard and amenity pavilion
View into courtyard and amenity pavilion. Credit: Wesgroup Properties
Site plan Parcel 11
Site plan for Parcel 11. Credit: Wesgroup Properties

The River District Design Guidelines encourage architects to acknowledge the sawmill that once occupied the site. The fa├žade of the project is inspired by stacks of drying lumber, and is highly textured, while remaining pure and simple in terms of its geometry.

Sawmill inspiration
Design inspiration. Credit: Wesgroup Properties

Throughout the site will be shallow water features, and an emphasis on landscaping with native plant species.

There will be a total of 168 dwelling units and two levels of underground parking with 188 stalls. Twenty per cent of those stalls will have EV charging capabilities, as stipulated by the City of Vancouver. There will be a total of 425 bicycle parking spaces. 

Parcel 11 Location River District
Location of Parcel 11 in the River District. Credit: Wesgroup Properties

River District is being developed primarily by Wesgroup Properties, and will have 7,000 homes and 15,000 residents once complete. The 130-acre site is three times the size of Granville Island.

Wesgroup is the midst of selling homes at MODE — designed by Ciccozzi Architecture and Perkins + Will — and set for completion in 2022.

Tower rendering MODE at the River District
Tower rendering, MODE. Credit: Wesgroup

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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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