1754 Pendrell Street

1754 Pendrell render 2

There’s been a rezoning proposal on this site for years. It started as a condo and rental tower designed by W T Leung that went through a couple of iterations and ended up with non-support from the Urban Design Panel.

1754 Pendrell render 3Now Westbank have acquired the site and Henriquez Partners have designed a similar height tower that would see 171 rental units developed, including 72 2-bed and 3 3-bed units. This design sees curved balconies that are reminiscent of Jameson House – although these don’t feature a dramatic cantilevered section.

The night view (that we’ve shown) shows an interesting design detail; sail-shaped elements that the render suggests will be lit in colour at night.

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1090 West Pender Street

1090 W Pender modelAs if the remarkable number of recent new major office proposals wasn’t enough, here’s another rezoning in the Downtown core. It’s not insignificant either – it’s over 400,000 sq ft of offices in a 31 storey building (with 2 floors of retail). It’s just been  approved at a Public Hearing for the corner of West Pender and Thurlow Street, on the block that already has the first four Bentall towers. Designed by Musson Cattell Mackey Partnership for Bentall Kennedy it will replace a small existing office building and a parkade. The design and scale is very similar to the Bentall 5 tower by the same architects nearby – perhaps this will be Bentall 5.2.

We updated the post to show the model that the Urban Design Panel supported in 2014. The building, like MCM’s recent design for Bentall on Thurlow Street, now under construction, will have slightly larger floors on the upper part of the building.

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1600 West 6th Avenue

1600 W6th Ave model

This rental housing project was just approved as a rezoning. It’s under the City’s Rental 100 program planned for Burrard Slopes, just across the lane from a new non-market housing building. Designed by W T Leung Architects, if it goes ahead as rezoned it will have 99 rental units in a 12-storey building. This is the model of the building seen – and supported – by the Urban Design Panel in mid 2014.

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Q4 – Quebec Street and 4th Avenue


This project is another that shows the evolution of the Mount Pleasant Industrial Area, and like a similar project already under way on East 6th this will see office over industrial space on what was for many years a vacant parking lot. Designed by GBL for Kevington Building Corporation, it’s somewhat taller than the East 6th project, and is already leasing.

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1335 Howe Street

1335 Howe render 1

Today the Quality Inn Downtown, on Howe Street, is a 7-storey mid block building. It started life as the somewhat smaller Villa Hotel, and is currently temporary non-market housing, but it’ll be replaced with something altogether larger. In 2013 Ramsay Worden Architects had a render on their website for a 39-storey tower on a 7-storey podium. There was an open house but then no rezoning application appeared.

Now there’s a different scheme, designed by IBI with another developer (Townline); for 40 storeys on a 7-storey podium with 389 market residential units, and a 37 space childcare facility. The same architects designed Maddox, shown on the right of this render.



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MNP Tower – 1021 West Hastings Street



It’s three years since we last posted on this office tower. It received a development permit in early April 2011 for a 420′ tall 35 storey office tower squeezed between the Marine Building and the Guinness Tower. Oxford Properties have developed the $150m project that sees the University Club facade preserved, and the tower soaring above and around the restored feature.

The building curves out slightly at the bottom, round at the sides, and over the top. The design is from New York’s Kohn Pederson Fox, working with Musson Cattell Mackey of Vancouver (who created an initial design for the site that was rejected by the Design Panel).

The announcement of the tower says “The Oxford tower will be built with a focus on sustainability, including energy-saving triple-paned glass panels and a special heating and ventilation system called ventilated refrigerant flow system. The system, popular in Japan but not in wide use in North America, does not use ducts and allows for separate climate controls for different parts of a building.”

We’ve posted a before and after shot that would normally be seen on our companion blog ‘What was there before’. Work is still completing at the base of the building, so we won’t put our final images of this spectacularly successful addition to the city until it’s completed.

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1177 Jervis Street

1377 jervis renderThis tower is proposed for the corner of Davie and Jervis, and is the first (but by no means likely to be the last) project that has emerged from the recent West End Plan. Limited parts of the West End allow greater density where the project adds non-market housing. This NSDA Architects designed 19-storey tower for Intracorp would have 63 condo units (almost all 2-bedroom) and there would be 28 non-market units. There’s a small retail unit on the corner of Davie and Jervis – seen here in the Jervis frontage. Davie would also see some townhouse units.

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