Ten weeks since we last checked in on the site of W1 (445 SW Marine Dr) in South Vancouver, and progress at the three-tower development has moved on swiftly, the project having reached structural completion. Comprised of three structures at 27-, 21, and 7-storeys apiece, with a combined residential capacity of 460 units, W1 represents a major density boost for the neighbourhood. 

W1, reaching structural completion in South Vancouver, image by Forum contributor City of Rain

The colourful trio by Concord Pacific and GBL Architects has been made distinctive thanks to the application of multi-coloured spandrel panelling. Part of a network of new builds in the area, the three latest additions have brought a splash of colour to the grey hues that once defined much of the neighbourhood. 

W1, urban context view, image by Forum contributor City of Rain

Having replaced a 1970s-era affordable housing complex, W1 will offer those displaced by the new development with a host of financial incentives in an effort to either keep them in the neighbourhood or help them move elsewhere. While public housing advocates will point out that this is by far not an equitable, long-term solution, there are those who will equally point out that at least it is better than nothing. 

W1, approaching move-in ready status, image by Forum contributor City of Rain

Nonetheless, for those new to the area, the availability of new housing stock, even at market prices, will be of benefit to the many young professionals who continue to flock to the big city. Close to the SkyTrain, and outfitted with a generous variety of local retail and dining options, W1 will undoubtedly be an attractive option for years to come. 

SkyriseVancouver will be sure to return to this project as progress continues. For more information, check out the associated Database file and Forum thread, and as always, feel free to join the conversation in the comments section below. 

Related Companies:  Concord Pacific, GBL Architects