Kitsilano Neighbourhood House


The result of a public-private partnership between multiple parties, the Kitsilano Neighbourhood House is a LEED Gold certified project that won a City of Vancouver heritage award in 2015. The project involved the renovation of two existing heritage buildings and the addition of a new infill building to link them together.

The renovated heritage buildings include a child-care centre, a neighbourhood house, a community meeting hall, as well as performance and activity spaces. The new building features public meeting rooms and office space on the main level, with 15 one-bedroom residential units on the upper floor for low-income seniors. The upper floor also features a roof deck with an array of large planters for urban agriculture use by residents and gardeners from the local community.

The heritage buildings were both lifted to add new foundations, and extensive restoration work was completed to retain the character features of the building while also modernising it. The renovation scope of work included a new HVAC system, electrical distribution and lighting, accessibility upgrades, hazmat removal, and door and window replacements.

Client: The Association of Neighbourhood Houses of BC
Architect: S.R. McEwen Architect
Sector: Sports + Recreation
Construction Method:
Scope: Tenant Improvement
Size: 31,200 SF
Completion Status: Completed
Year Completed: 2014
Location: Metro Vancouver