RiverWest

Connecting the City’s Roots to Its Future

Overview

RiverWest represents the unification of past and present: a connection between historic downtown Vancouver to the new Waterfront. An exciting project at an important moment for Vancouver. Needless to say, we felt honored to play our part in bringing it life.

Location

Sited along one of the primary access routes through the city rail berm, previously separating the waterfront from the city, RiverWest is setting new precedents at a historic location. This reunion was largely due to the unprecedented collaboration between City, railroad, and development teams. Their efforts became a key source of inspiration in the design intent for RiverWest as a connector.

Key Stats

Square Footage

323,693

Retail Square Footage

22,000

Apartment Units

206

Certifications

LEED Platinum

Design Considerations

In staying with the theme of connection, the articulated base and northern masonry mass give a gentle nod to the character of the city's downtown character. This also provides a solid contrast to the lighter, dynamic frame to the south. Together, these materially diverse approaches represent the fabric and future of Vancouver.

Another primary design consideration for us was maximizing views, which would serve as a connecting element to the surrounding bridges, river, hills, and Waterfront Park. We wanted residents to feel a part of the action, nestled just above the city's pulse, yet completely at home.

Sustainability

In keeping with the Waterfront's commitment to sustainable community and innovation, RiverWest has been awarded a LEED Platinum® rating by the US Green Building Council; a first in Vancouver for the Multifamily Midrise classification.

"Sustainability in design is a serious commitment that we'd like to focus on with each project. LSW joined the 2030 Commitment to push ourselves to meeting the 2030 Challenge targets. We're grateful to work with people like Josh Oliva, who deeply care for this community and showed a willingness to make sure RiverWest achieved this goal."

Esther Cho Liu, AIA LEED AP

Principal, LSW Architects

Energy Use Intensity

Unique Feature

There are three levels of parking (238 spaces) with the upper parking deck providing direct access to apartment units; a unique experience for residents.

Building amenities include EV charging stations, pet washroom, secure bike parking, package lockers, Bluetooth access control hardware, workout room, and a third-floor clubhouse with large folding doors that open to the exterior courtyard offering dramatic views.