The redevelopment of the Oakridge Centre is one of the most exciting projects scheduled to take shape in Vancouver in the near future. Developed by Westbank and QuadReal Property Group, and designed by Henriquez Partners Architects, the site will be transformed into a futuristic complex with 10 residential and office towers, a rooftop park, a library, a day care centre, and a community centre. The redevelopment will be done with a phased approach. Plans for buildings 6, 7, and 8 were recently approved by the Development Permit Board and demolition has begun.

Oakridge Centre, image via Henriquez Partners Architects

Building 6 will rise to 32 storeys and building 7 will stand at 17 storeys. There will be 413 residential units with a mix of one-, two-, and three-bedroom market apartments between the two towers.

Buildings 6 and 7, image via Henriquez Partners Architects

Building 8 will top out at 34 storeys, and will contain 286 market-rate units also consisting of one-, two- and three-storey apartments. The towers will sit on a podium containing over 33,000 square meters of retail and over 11,000 square meters of office space.

Buildings 6, 7, and 8, image via Henriquez Partners Architects

There will be three levels of underground parking, with 380 spaces for residential, 348 non-residential, and 1,312 bike parking spaces. The site is also well-served by transit, with a SkyTrain station and several bus routes nearby. It is also within walking distance of parks, community centres and restaurants.

Demolition of the existing mall structure, image by Alissa Reed

When the entire project is complete, the City of Vancouver will gain a 9-acre park designed by PFS Studio. Buildings 6, 7, and 8 will be home to the sections of the park known as the Woodland and Pocket Park. The Woodland section of the park will be a lush pacific-northwest forest showcasing a diversity of native plants with boardwalks and whimsical seating areas. The street level Pocket Park will provide a neighbourhood park and lead visitors to the entrance to the larger rooftop park. It will include a preschool-aged playground, seating, and a grove of trees leading to the park on the rooftop

Woodland, image via Henriquez Partners Architects

Another feature of the new park to be included in this phase of the development is the "Summer House" pavilion. The structure will be used as an outdoor performance venue and will feature a partially covered stage.

"Summer House" Pavilion, image via Henriquez Partners Architects

Additional information along with renderings of the tower can be found in our Database file for the project, linked below. Want to get involved in the discussion? Check out the associated Forum thread, or leave a comment in the space provided at the bottom of this page.

Related Companies:  Adamson Associates, Gensler, Henriquez Partners Architects, PFS Studio, QuadReal Property Group, Westbank, Wonderwall