EV635 – ULI Americas Awards for Excellence Finalist
Learn more about 2021 ULI Americas Awards for Excellence Finalist, EV635 (Mexico City).
May 4, 2021
Location: West Vancouver, BC, Canada
Developers: Grosvenor Americas
Designers: James KM Cheng Architects; Mitchell Freedland Interior Design; SWA Group; Durante Kreuk Landscape Architecture
General Contractor: Ledcor Group
Site Size: 1.96 Acres
Grosvenor Ambleside in West Vancouver is a once-in-a-generation transformational waterfront development that replaced an old municipal police station and jail, a block of failing single-story retail, and a brownfield gas station with a 265,000 sf mixed-use development designed for the local community, and to the highest global standards.
West Vancouver’s Official Community Plan identified the 1.96 acre site as one of three Special Development Sites eligible for higher height, density and architectural expression. Completing a development of this complexity and scale is a historic and unique accomplishment in West Vancouver, a high barrier to entry market with a challenging entitlement environment. No mixed-use development of this scale had been developed here before, and it is the only one of the three Special Development Sites developed today.
Grosvenor’s vision was to help realize Ambleside’s potential as a world-class waterfront destination. To that end, Grosvenor assembled an internationally recognized and awarded team helmed by architect James KM Cheng, and artists Gordon Smith and Douglas Coupland – all of whom are locals.
A comprehensive three-year community engagement process resulted in a community vision for the site as a welcoming and vibrant place for people to live, eat, gather, enjoy art and culture, and attend festivals and events.
Today Grosvenor Ambleside celebrates its extraordinary location by West Vancouver’s waterfront. Two terraced buildings with 98 individually-designed homes sit above 35,000 sf of carefully curated retail that serves hundreds of thousands of people annually, and a significant art-filled public realm welcomes West Vancouver back to the waterfront.
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