The Lauren, 1051 Broughton
The Lauren development brings a much-needed refresh of rental housing to Vancouver’s West End. Although this neighbourhood’s housing stock is 80% rental the majority of its purpose-built rental buildings were built before the 1980s. The development consists of 100% rental accommodation, including 180 market units, six three-bedroom market townhouses for families, and six units of subsidized rental housing for seniors through BC Housing’s Shelter Aid for Elderly Renters (SAFER) program.
The building comprises a 22-storey tower with a contextually sensitive podium. The design respects the surrounding neighbourhood through the sculpting of the top 15 floors to reduce shadow impacts. The tower facades reflect their solar orientation using slab extensions and large balconies for sun shading on the southern and western elevations.
The building’s form, materials, and colour palette are inspired by modern art using a playful composition of De Stijl colours to enliven the façade of the tower. The design also pays tribute to the St. John’s United Church that once occupied the site by incorporating historical components such as original stained glass and beams. Wood salvaged from the church takes on a new form in a large-scale geometric sculpture by artist Reese Terris called Triumph of the Technocrat. The public art piece is part of the project’s expansive ground level landscaping, which encompasses an herb garden, an outdoor dining space, and a children’s play area.