521 West 8th Avenue

Here’s a proposed office building that came as quite a (pleasant) surprise. Musson Cattell Mackey, architects for many of the city’s office projects, designed a 68,000 sq ft building on a small site with single storey retail behind the Cambie Street liquor store (that was once a McDonalds).

Initially it was proposed as a nine storey building (right) that supposedly squeezed in under the viewcone that protects the view of City Hall, but that proved to not be the case. The revised version has eight storeys, but still achieves 64,500 sq ft of space, and the design still shows some interesting angles and variations.

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177 West Pender Street

The City of Vancouver have owned this vacant lot on West Pender Street since 2014 when they became owners as part of the Millennium Properties bankruptcy. Now there’s a proposal coming forward to rezone it for non-market housing, designed by DYS for Ventana who will build the project on behalf of the Vancouver Affordable Housing Agency. There will be 90 units in a 10-storey building.

There’s an initial open house coming up, but no designs yet available. We’ll update when there’s an image of the proposed building.

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Joe & Rosalie Segal Family Centre at VGH

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The next phase of redevelopment of the VGH campus is just wrapping up construction. Unusually there was a groundbreaking ceremony before the final design approvals had been issued. That’s partly because it already had an approved Development Permit from 2013, and because philanthropists Joseph and Rosalie Segal have made a lead gift of $12 million, and they wanted to see it built. VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation and its corporate and private donors committed another $13 million and the BC government  added around $57 million. The Joe & Rosalie Segal Family Centre consolidates multiple existing mental health services and programs that were distributed over several buildings at Vancouver General Hospital and UBC Hospital. Designed by Parkin Architects, (a Toronto company looking to gain traction in the west) the eight storey acute care facility has 100 in-patient beds as well as outpatient facilities.

803 W 12th VGH SegalThe first version (shown right – before the final design contract) was designed by dys architects, and the built version shows some changes, including larger windows. It got unanimous support from the Urban Design Panel. The building is the latest proposal to renew the VGH campus, and will sit behind the Blusson Pavilion (with the spiral wheelchair ramp) and close to the recently renovated Willow Pavilion.

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720 East Hastings Street

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Here’s a project we first saw in mid 2013. It’s just being fitted out, but is very close to complete. It’s the new full service Vancouver Public Library branch for Strathcona, which will incorporate family housing on the upper four floors to be run by the YWCA. In total the building, designed by DIALOG, has 21 units including two and three bedroom apartments.

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833 West Pender Street

This is a project that has come as quite a surprise. Edward Chapman’s menswear store, next to the old Stock Exchange office tower project, wasn’t incorporated into that development site. It looked as if it would be an unfortunate orphan, but now the Executive Group have proposed to build a 13 storey hotel that will also see the space in the heritage part of the Exchange (and the new-build part of the lower floors) used as hotel rooms as well.

We’re unsure who the architects are for the new 13 storey building, although the designers of the conversion of the new building to hotel use are Iredale Group with ZGF Cotter, so that may apply here as well.

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688 Hamilton Street

The address is for the Queen Elizabeth Theatre; but it should really be on Cambie Street for the Media Club, the music venue across the street from Larwill Park(ing) lot, and under the plaza for the theatre. Upstairs there’s a restaurant that’s been empty for many years.

Gustavson Wylie Architects have designed a renovation of the building with a covered patio on the plaza. The operator of the restaurant are identified as Brown’s Social House, and it looks like the Media Club will be renamed ‘The Nest’, with another patio on Hamilton Street.

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118-150 Robson Street

Here’s another Robson Street tower proposal. Unlike yesterday’s at 1500 Robson, this is a proposed rezoning, and it’s at the eastern end of the street where the Catholic Charities building currently sits (once the Northern Electric Company Building, built in 1928 and 1947). The existing Catholic Charities Men’s Hostel will be relocated to a proposed location on Seymour Street, (so we can anticipate a Development Permit for that).

The proposal is by GBL Architects for Amacon, and includes a 6-storey hotel on the Beatty Street end, and lower floors, the restored heritage building and a 290 foot high residential tower over the hotel. There would be 131 residential units, with 71 2-bed and 18 3-bed.


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