4th and Main


Main & 4th 2We first showed this 6-storey residential over retail building in July. It’s a rezoning that 4th & Mainwas first featured on the website of the architects, Studio One with a somewhat more industrial looking colour scheme (left).

It’s located in the Mount Pleasant Plan stretch of Main Street that allows a change to residential on upper floors. The plan limits heights in the central stretch of 2nd to 7th, so this Main and 4th Avenue project (on the west side) looks to meet those requirements. The main picture is the model the Urban Design Panel recently reviewed and endorsed as good enough for the project to proceed.

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1510 West 6th Avenue

Zonda Nellis

Zonda Nellis has been designing and showcasing her unique clothing designs on the corner of West 6th and Granville for over 20 years in a building designed by A A Robins. Now her company are proposing to redevelop to add four residential units on a slightly larger lot, with three small retail units Strangely, the city’s website doesn’t reveal who the architects are, although the landscape design is by Cornelia Hahn Oberlander with Enns | Gauthier.

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Modern – 1305 Burrard Street


Modern by Amacon has just completed construction on the former Commercial Electronics store Modern Burrard render 2location on Burrard Street. A modest (by Downtown standards) 17 storeys in height (due to a viewcone across the site), the final version of the IBI/HB designed tower has 118 units over retail. Like the YMCA ‘Patina’ tower and Shangri La, this tower is in the West End, although rezoned within the Downtown zoning district. It’s been just over two years from the first work on site.

The finished building looks pretty close to the sales pictures, although the shade of blue for the spandrel panels is quite a bit lighter than was implied in some initial renders, and the yellow highlights were coloured green on the initial project model.

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Addition – 1155 Hornby Street


addtion render

We posted this project in mid 2012 when details and an initial render were released. It’s one of the schemes that hovered in the background for a long time, but it finally headed to the Development Permit Board in July 2012.

The application was first submitted in 2008, and had an 18 storey condo tower with 150 units,  joined to the Murray Hotel. That’s a non-market housing building that will remain as low-income housing, but it will get a facade rehabilitation. The new version increased the units to 164 in 20 storeys. The project is another from the office of Henriquez Partners, 1155 Hornbyin this case for Kenstone Properties. Sales have been offered for a while now, and the design of the tower portion seems to have changed a bit from the earlier versions. There’s no sign of construction starting yet.

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Vancouver Urban Resort – 39 Smithe Street

casino render Oct 2014

We last posted on this project a year ago. Then the on-again, off-again casino project for the western end of the re-roofed BC Place stadium was back (and approved with conditions) with a new Darth Vader design from Las Vegas based Paragon Gaming who have added Canadian financial partners and Marriott International to run the two hotels that bookend the ‘resort’. Here’s one of the latest renders on the developer’s website - construction of the parkade has already started, and completion is supposed to be late in 2016.

2013 casino 3The design is by ARCOP + acdf with Michelange Panzini, all from Montreal, although IBI Group are handling the Vancouver submissions. ARCOP’s original name was Affleck, Desbarats, Dimakopoulos, Lebensold, Sise, whose very first project anywhere was the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. We particularly liked this render from the Las Vegas press who can’t be expected to know that the gorgeous lawn is in fact the location of Concord Pacific’s One Pacific residential scheme, now also under construction.

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Telus Gardens

Telus Gardens resi Oct 2014

Telus Gardens is an office building which is replacing a city owned parkade on Georgia Street and the small White Spot retail building on Georgia, as well as a 46-storey residential tower on Robson Street where the Telus parkade was located. The tiny building between the tower and the office to the north is the Kingston Hotel, which won’t be touched in this proposal. The design, by Henriquez Partners for Westbank included a passive energy feature that has the appearance of wood, although it doesn’t seem to feature as prominently in the most recent version of the design (above).

Telus model Jan 2012Earlier details of some of the buildings were shown at a 2012 visit to the Urban Design Panel (who gave it unanimous support for the second time). The tower was initially targetted for LEED Gold status partly through a site wide geo-exchange utility – now the office tower (and maybe the residential as well) will be LEED Platinum.  This will capture the heat that is generated from the Telus Hub which has all the telephone lines in the province.  The amount of cooling to keep the Telus tele-communication systems from overheating is immense, so they will be taking that excess heat and storing it in the ground to be used for hot water heating in the residential tower.

The lane will be unusual in having retail frontages and may even see grass growing between pavers. Eventually plans call for the existing William Farrell Building to get an extra 3 floors, while the other Seymour building gets a new skin and canopies. The 22 storey office tower features cantilevered elements across the street. Initially one of was a skygarden – now it looks as if that might be true for both. There’s a public plaza and canopy on Georgia St. The office tower is rapidly approaching completion: the revised design for the residential podium (now with three floors of office over retail) has been completed, and the tower will appear soon.

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The Lauren – Comox and Broughton

Lauren blogInitially know as 1401 Comox, then as 1601 Broughton, controversy dogged this West End rental tower (now called The Lauren) since it was first proposed back in October 2009. After its third redesign it was approved after a long public hearing. Designed by Henriquez Partners for Westbank Peterson, the tower is one of the few 100% rental building approved under the now ended STIR program designed to encourage developers to build more rental residential units. (A new programme, Rental 100 has replaced STIR).

The tower was slimmed down and sculpted to reduce shadow impacts, and is now 200 feet tall, similar to other towers in the area. Just completed, the building looks almost exactly as the model depicted. The biggest change was the switch to curved balconies, looking very similar to the 1960s and 70s towers that are in 1601 Broughtonthe immediate area. From the other side of the building it’s hard to tell you’re looking at a 21st Century building; the colour and style fit in with the older rental stock. The Broughton façade features De Stijl shapes and colours.

The model showed some fancy landscaping, and the reality is, if anything, even more impressive, with an artwork called Triumph of the Technocrat by Reece Terris - a three dimensional freestanding sculpture made in part out of reclaimed wooden girders salvaged from the demolished St. John’s Church that stood on the site until it was sold in 2009.

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