Indigenous transformation lodge proposed near Main and Hastings – urbanYVR

October 29, 2021

Vancouver Native Housing Society is proposing a “Transformation Lodge” near Main and Hastings, constructed with mass timber.

Vancouver Native Housing Society (VNHS) is proposing a “Transformation Lodge” to help those transitioning from homelessness or those at risk of homelessness.

The eight-storey building, to be located at 327 Main Street near East Hastings Street, will include 78 units of social housing, as well as a rooftop amenity and ceremonial space. The architects are GBL.

The building will be a hybrid mass timber structure composed of cross-laminated timber (CLT) floors, steel columns and a concrete core. The façade design is inspired by Indigenous storytelling, highlighting the legend of “The Spider and the Snail”, which is a prominent featured design motif in Indigenous basket weaving traditions. There will be a large internal courtyard with a mural wall, and Maple and Cedar trees planted within the courtyard.

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