1270 FRANCES

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1270 Frances

Client / KM Pacific Investments Inc.

Location / Vancouver, Canada

Completion / In Progress

Architecture / KRA

Interior Design / KRA

Construction Management / Bon Constructors


KRA was retained in the fall of 2018 to redevelop a site in the heart of East Vancouver’s Strathcona industrial district. This project was a partnership between KRA and Bon Constructors in an effort to streamline both the design and construction process for the client. This collaboration afforded the design team to holistically explore constructability and cost symbiotically thought-out the design phase.

The development site was comprised of three separate properties, which required consolidation, each with an existing building, to be redeveloped into one large building. The design of the project consisted of a 4-storey building, containing commercial space for retail, industrial and office use, amenity space for occupants of the building, and two levels of below-grade parking and storage.

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A courtyard was introduced to create natural daylight and add interest with green landscaping in the centre of the building.

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All loading, parkade, and garbage/recycling collection has been located in the laneway, allowing Frances Street to be uninterrupted.

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The design of the building reflects the historic industrial typology of the surrounding area with a simplified façade that makes use of large openings for maximum daylight, flexible floor plates, and natural ventilation.