Tower on Earls site in West Vancouver features LED lighting public art

View towards Lions Gate
303 Marine Drive is shown, looking southwest towards the Lions Gate Bridge. Credit: District of West Vancouver/Darwin Properties

New renderings of a 26-storey tower slated for the site of the Earls restaurant on Marine Drive in West Vancouver have been released.

The tower, called The Sentinel, will include 121 units, consisting of 93 condominiums, 24 rental apartments and four townhouses, over 198 underground parking stalls.

The existing Earls restaurant on the site is moving to the new Grosvenor Ambleside development, where it’s scheduled to open this March.

Renderings of The Sentinel

303 Marine rendering
303 Marine Drive. Credit: District of West Vancouver/Darwin Properties
303 Marine tower day
303 Marine Drive. Credit: District of West Vancouver/Darwin Properties
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303 Marine rendering. Credit: District of West Vancouver/Darwin Properties

Tower features LED lighting along spine

LED lighting feature
Example of the LED lighting effect during fall months. Credit: District of West Vancouver/Darwin Properties

The tower’s design features perforated metal panels backlit with LED lighting along the side and top of the tower, representing the image of a tree in the forest. The public art piece will change colours with the seasons and for special events.

There will also be a large pane of LED soffit lighting on the ceiling above the indoor and outdoor amenity areas, which will display artistic imagery.

303 Marine soffit lighting
Soffit lighting feature. Credit: District of West Vancouver/Darwin Properties

Lions Gate Village takes shape at Capilano and Marine Drive

Adjacent to the site on the North Vancouver side, several more high-density residential towers are proposed at Capilano Road and Marine Drive. Park West at Lions Gate is a two-tower development on the site of the former Grouse Inn, and there are proposals to redevelop the former Travelodge site, and Best Western hotels as well.

Lions Gate Village development
Drawing showing 303 Marine Drive, and upcoming adjacent developments at Capilano Road and Marine Drive. Credit: District of West Vancouver/Darwin Properties

The Sentinel was designed by Chris Dikeakos Architects Inc. for Darwin Properties.