Design team named for Oval mixed-use development

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Arno Matis Architecture and Rafii Architects along with Studio Munge are the design team for Landa Global Properties’ newly-acquired, 3.5-acre site near the Olympic Oval in Richmond, B.C.

Located at Elmbridge Way and River Road, the site is part of the Oval Village, in the heart of Richmond city centre’s premier waterfront community. The new, three-tower, mixed-use development will include a hotel, retail and residential homes.

Arno Matis Architecture and Rafii Architects were also responsible for Landa’s Cascade City, a two-tower residential development that recently completed in Richmond.

“This will be totally unique, not only for Richmond, but within greater-Vancouver,” said Arno Matis, principal. “We’ve never done anything like it. We are eager to bring thoughtful, evolved design to the Olympic Oval community. Adding a third tower and signature hotel element with Studio Munge brings even more excitement and opportunity to create something exceptional.”

The proposed architecture is a forward-looking and shaped by the forces of nature: Inspired by the tidal flats of the river delta and its rippled sand patterns found at low tide, the building curves and undulates to create passive and active open spaces.

The interior design concept is still being developed, but there will be an elaborate clubhouse amenity for hotel guests and residents that will look and feel more like a country club, with design elements influenced by high-end Asian hotels. Rooms and residences will feature large outdoor living spaces and balconies to improve livability and to comply with our post-pandemic needs. Landscaping will feature extensive garden spaces for hotel guests and residents.

“Very early on we wanted to create a multi-layered, experiential destination that would help residents and travelers connect with their surroundings in a meaningful way. This project goes far beyond a typical development. It is a sophisticated dialogue with the local context at the intersection of urban and nature,” says Alessandro Munge, founder and design director, Studio Munge.

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