URBAN ACUPUNCTURE + RS1 HORIZONTAL DENSIFICATION
Located in the heart of Mount Pleasant, one of Vancouver’s oldest and most eclectic neighbourhoods, Turner’s Dairy can be seen as a reinvention of contemporary living that evokes the industrial aesthetic and commercial history of the community. Through the preservation of the historic building, Turner’s Dairy offers a sustainably designed and community conscious neighbourhood in a walkable yet densified pattern. The 13 townhouses are entered through a communal courtyard providing space for neighbourhood interactions, communal gatherings, and daily life. The site consists of two combined RS1 lots and as such needed a rezoning as it was previously not compliant with the RS regulations. This is a clear example, made possible through the heritage rezoning process, of how it was possible to provide 13 family townhouses on a site normally allowing only two individual family residences. This project has had a great impact on affordability in Vancouver’s RS Zoning. The individual units and the building as whole are designed to provide a progressive alternative to the housing RS Zoning monoculture which Vancouver has experienced over the past three decades.