The site of a former auto sales depot in downtown New Westminster is gradually undergoing a major transformation which will yield one of the city's tallest buildings. Domus Homes and Vintop Development are bringing the 32-storey Ovation to 813 Carnarvon Street, further extending the arterial's nascent street wall.
The development is composed of several distinct modules. The main 32-storey point tower arises from a wide podium that provides retail frontage. A mid-rise that echoes the solid linear expression of the tower is situated towards the rear. GBL Architects designed the development—their vision also incorporates a horizontal rhythm of balconies that serve as a counterpoint to the verticality spoken by the columns.
The top of the tower is accentuated by a fin formed by a protruding pier running the length of the building. It will mark a full-floor indoor and outdoor amenity level called the Stage 8 Sky Club. Featuring sweeping views of the city and the Fraser River, the marquee space will come with a green activity space, firepit, cookout area, an outdoor hot tub, a chef's kitchen, and a fully equipped fitness facility.
Additional amenities closer to the ground include a corner park plaza and an open-air children's play area at the podium level. A total of 204 one-, two- and three-bedroom homes will be contained in Ovation. A collection of two-level 'city homes' also provide additional living space.
The site had been cleared by late 2018 and construction crews have descended on the downtown property since then. Recent photos from our Forum show a shoring rig in action with other heavy machinery on the lot.