BlueSky plans development at Thurlow and Harwood in West End

Thurlow + Harwood proposal designed by Henriquez Partners Architects

Balconies
Balconies at Thurlow + Harwood. Credit: BlueSky Properties

BlueSky Properties and Henriquez Partners Architects plan to make a rezoning application for a new condo development at Thurlow and Harwood in the West End.

The developer held a pre-application open house this afternoon for the two tower development, tentatively named Thurlow + Harwood, which will be a mix of market condos and social housing, replacing several three-storey rental apartment buildings.

The properties have the potential to be rezoned for a 300′ residential tower under the West End Community Plan, so it’s likely this proposal will be approved.

Thurlow + Harwood project statistics

  • North tower: 33-storeys
    • 61 market residential units
    • 98 social housing units
  • South tower: 32-storeys
    • 143 market residential units
    • No social housing units in south tower
  • 60 per cent of the market units suitable for families
  • 50 per cent of social housing units suitable for families
  • Range of unit sizes, from one bedrooms to two and three bedroom units

Thurlow + Harwood photos

Rendering looking southeast
Rendering looking southeast. Credit: BlueSky Properties
North and south towers at Thurlow + Harwood project
Thurlow + Harwood towers. Credit: BlueSky Properties
Tower base
View up Thurlow St. showing tower base. Credit: BlueSky Properties
Tower base
Rendering showing towers and how they will integrate with the street grid. Credit: BlueSky Properties
Balconies
Balconies at Thurlow + Harwood. Credit: BlueSky Properties
Lobby
Rendering of lobby with marble and wood accents. Credit: BlueSky Properties
Project location
Location of the project showing North and South tower sites. Credit: BlueSky Properties

Thurlow + Harwood design characteristics

  • Concrete construction
  • Punched windows
  • “Clean modernism”
  • Landscaped setbacks
  • Large “sculpted” balcony areas
  • Separate entrances for market and social housing in north tower
  • Rooftop amenity terraces for market housing in both towers
  • Amenity terrace for social housing on level 3 of north tower
  • Amenities will include outdoor BBQ areas, seating and dining areas, children’s play area and urban agriculture plots

The architect describes the concept for the development as “towers in the park,” with large setbacks and greenery extended up the facade of the towers. A tree-lined boulevard is proposed along Thurlow Street with a double row of trees on either side of the sidewalk.

The towers have been sculpted to help protect privacy and views from existing residential towers nearby and to minimize impacts to the surrounding neighbourhood.

The properties at 1065, 1066 and 1078 Harwood Street, as well as 1332 Thurlow Street, were all sold and assembled within the past two years.

1332 Thurlow and 1065 Harwood were sold for $24 million in 2015, according to VancouverMarket.ca. 1078 Harwood was sold for $10.8 million, also in 2015.

There has been a land rush in the neighbourhood with several proposals at various stages of rezoning, including a residential tower by Intracorp and Strand.