Block 100

Block 100

Another piece in the South East False Creek patchwork of sites is just about completed. It’s another Onni project for a site that has a frontage to both Quebec Street and Main Street (addressed as 1699 Main), two sites south of Onni’s Central and one past Bosa’s Lido.

Onni Burger KingIt had a long design history: it just went to the Urban Design Panel for its fourth review (where it got unanimous support) – not because it’s really bad, but rather because it started life as a proposal by a different developer six years ago. Beedie originally hired Chris Dikeakos Architecture to design it, and started selling it as ‘Q1’ (corner of Quebec and First Ave – geddit?). After the brief property meltdown in 2008 Onni acquired the site, and retained the same architect, but changed the design. As see first in this 2012 model, it has 15 storeys and 231 units with retail in the 10-storey block – although probably not a replacement for the Burger King that was last on the site. There’s a bit more planting to be added along 1st Avenue – otherwise it looks like a very faithful delivery of the promised design.

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399 East 1st Avenue

399 E1st renderOnni are close to completing their artists live/work project on Great Northern Way called Canvas. Now they’ve submitted a four building development application for a site close by, part of the University Campus rezoning.

399 E1st southStrangely, the City of Vancouver haven’t posted any renderings of the four buildings – two 13 and 15 storey live-work buildings with retail at grade and a total of 220 units, a 15 storey hotel with 199 rooms and a 7 storey office building. We’ve posted the render of the south elevation of the live-work buildings that would front E 1st. We’ve also added the image on the rezoning notice, that makes more sense of the design rationale offered by the architects, IBI, citing colours from Rubik’s cube and references digital art like Douglas Coupland’s digital orca (at the Convention Centre).

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701 West Georgia Street

701 West Georgia render 1

This relatively modest retail box would replace the plaza in front of the north side of the West Georgia frontage of the Pacific Centre Mall. A 1980s addition, a glass dome, would also be redeveloped.

Perkins + Will Architects Canada are the architects for the proposal, which has already been signed off by the Urban Design Panel. The change to the CD-1 zoning which allows the site to be developed occurred a decade ago, when the city was requesting space from the mall’s other plaza and the lower level of the mall to allow a station for the Canada Line.

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1255 West Pender

1255 W Pender 2016This address (also known as 1250 W Hastings) is on its third project design. Initially W T Leung designed a building in 2009, replaced by a new developer and design by IBI/HB, who designed a 14 floor building with 27 units; (it’s a very small infill site).

It sits on a narrow slot lot backing onto the Arthur Erickson designed heritage office building, The Evergreen Building, in Coal Harbour. Now Port Living have submitted a Development Application to build a 19 storey building designed by Japanese architect Shigeru Ban with Francl Architecture as the local architect of record.

The floor levels are designed to match the Evergreen Building, with continuous terraces on the lower floors to match those on the heritage office building. Cornelia Hahn Oberlander, the Evergreen’s landscape architect is also advising on the new project. The construction is a hybrid system, with the upper levels using a Mass Timber Structure design. There would be just 20 (no doubt very expensive) apartments in the building.

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530 and 575 Drake Street

530 Drake render575 drake render 1Right now there are two social service buildings on the corner of Seymour Street; Covenant House occupy a two storey converted office building at 575 Drake Street and the Immigrant Services Society were in the three storey building across the street. With a fabulous new home on Victoria Drive, the ISS have vacated their former premises and Covenant House have proposed a rezoning to allow redevelopment to create a 5 storey building to replace the building. The existing building actually dates back to the early 1900s when it was built for Philo Johnson – probably a successful Yukon gold miner.

Across the street would be a ten storey building. The redevelopment would occur in phases with construction and fundraising over the next 5 years with an anticipated completion of the larger building in 2020. The buildings are designed by NSDA Architects, and both look a little like some of their other recent non-market buildings for BC Housing.

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151 West 5th Avenue

151 W5th

We’ve seen a steady stream of proposals for office and manufacturing buildings in Mount Pleasant, although so far only a few have found tenants and are being developed. Here’s another 54,000 square foot building following the same development model: manufacturing on the main and mezzanine floor and three floors of office space above. This one is designed by DYS Architecture for the Champion Development Group.

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One Pacific – 68 Smithe Street

One Pacific 1In November 2011, while most attention was on the rezoning of the adjacent casino and hotel complex (due to open in the fall of 2017), City Council approved a rezoning on half of Concord Pacific’s land near BC Place Stadium. The eastern half, now identified as 68 Smithe St, had an initial design approved for a residential complex over commercial space. The detailed IBI/HB design was supported in Septenber 2012 by the Urban Design Panel showing 18-storey buildings with curved facades. Below are two street views of the model.


As built there have been a few changes required by the city’s approval process. The extruded square sections seen on the model have been excluded. The curved façade was made more interesting with curvilinear wave forms making up the balconies; the development permit report called them “sinuous slab extensions”.

One Pacific 2

The building’s colour was changed as well – there’s a greater contrast than the model suggested, with charcoal grey spandrel on the outer edges, and the paler grey used in the inset section facing the Creek.


One Pacific interior

Concord Pacific started sales of the building in 2013, and the details revealed then included this intriguing interior courtyard render. The small lap pool sits on a podium with a curved end projecting beyond the podium wall. The podium also promised to feature palm trees.

Both of those have been included on the finished product.

One Pac pool

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