Esquimalt Municipal Council has approved a rezoning application enabling the go-ahead of the Corvette Landing development. The building’s 83-units will be in the form of studio and one, two and three-bedroom suites located adjacent to Esquimalt Harbor in the urban area of Victoria, the provincial capital of British Columbia. The 12-storey mass timber pre-fabricated modular construction will provide affordable homes and won the LafargeHolcim Awards Silver for North America in 2017. The design by Vancouver-based Lang Wilson Practice in Architecture Culture is based on “BC-produced mass-timber technology” using engineered wood products and off-site construction methods.
The project will be a first of its kind in the region and is part of a longer study by LWPAC + Intelligent City to improve the economic and spatial models for affordable housing. The mixed-use housing project brings significant innovation to residential apartment design – meeting the stringent Passive House (energy efficiency) certification requirements, and achieving carbon zero sustainability, and affordability. By focusing on streamlining the building process, the proposal is able to merge sustainability with affordability. Corvette Landing will utilize external corridors to save energy, feature rooftop terraces and an inner courtyard for residents.
The building will overlook Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt (CFB Esquimalt), Canada’s Pacific Coast naval base, and will be located at the junction of Admirals Road and Naden Way. Construction is set to commence in mid-2018 with completion due 2020.