Hotel next to Vancouver General Hospital receives approval by City Council
A 437-room hotel next to Vancouver General Hospital received unanimous approval by Vancouver Council. Designed by Arno Matis Architecture, this commercial project seeks to leverage upon its strategic location along the Broadway Transit Corridor
The hotel will have 272 short-term and 165 long-term stay units with commercial use at grade and a bar/restaurant/hotel lobby on second floor. The project’s floor space ratio (FSR) of 8.96 massing is deliberately low, as the team worked with an aerodrome consultant to accommodate the hospital helicopter path.
The project aspires to set a new benchmark for Hotels in Canada with respect to wellness-oriented development; setting both a high sustainable design (LEED Gold) as well as wellness standard.
The building looks to harness the built environment as a vehicle to support human health, wellbeing and comfort, and is exploring the incorporation of hybrid-mass timber elements.
The proposed architectural expression derives from a desire to connect to the natural context and mountainous topography of the region. According to the developers, the orientation toward wellness and healthy buildings is a strong driver for the use of natural materials throughout the project.
Rooftop gardens and pathways sit atop each massing element creating “wellness paths”. These paths, found on both the podium and rooftop are expressed in the building form and landscape surfaces, and tie together the palette of wellness-oriented amenities.
A dedication to sustainable and responsive building results in an approach to the façades that are derived from solar orientation and passive sustainable strategies, including the use of passive shading devices which become a dominant theme in the rhythm and textures of the architecture.