Lakeview United Church + Housing

This project integrates the church program from an existing building on site, with 104 new rental units, in a building that will be Passive House Certified. Passive House is low energy consuming construction standard which aims to deliver a high quality built environment. Key principles of Passive House design are adopted at the earliest outset and are a main driver in the form of development for this project. Articulation of the exterior building envelope has been kept to a minimum to reduce the total surface area of the exterior walls and limit opportunities for thermal bridging. Exterior building articulation will be achieved using a playful mix of sun-shading devices and balcony articulation to provide visual interest along the street.


It is one of the first developments in the area built to suit changes in the Grandview-Woodland Community plan. The building massing has been crafted to reduce massing impact on surrounding smaller scale residences, while allowing the church to feature prominently as a distinct entity. The church entrance on the corner of Semlin Drive and 12th Avenue anchors the building and provides for a high degree of visual porosity throughout animating the public realm. The project achieved rezoning in early June 2020 and is progressing on the City of Vancouver’s Short Program.

Design Development
Vancouver, BC
8300 m² / 90,000 ft²
Passive House Near Zero Emissions