71 e pender street detail
Client: Jameson East Ventures
Year: 2008
Architect: Walter Francl Architecture
Project Architect: Mark Ashby, MAIBC
Statistics: 26,000 sq.ft.
6 stories + 2 parking
Budget: $8.0m
Photography: Michael Elkan

71 East Pender is an adaptive reuse of a defunct commercial development in Vancouver’s Chinatown. Working over an existing foundation designed for a five-story commercial building, a six-storey residential program was adapted to the site. Prefabricated steel joists and load-bearing partitions were used to reduce weight on the existing foundation and to facilitate work on a constrained site.
22 residential suites are accessed through an open central courtyard. The courtyard provides natural light and cross ventilation and references to the mid-block courtyards that are characteristic of the neighbourhood. Open levels of circulation facilitate social interaction between neighbours.

71 e pender courtyard71 e pender courtyard context71 e pender bridge