Opsal is easily the tallest tower in Southeast False Creek – justified by the cost of ‘retaining’ much of the Opsal Steel sheds. Designed by IBI/HB, it was actually a much more complex project, where the sheds were carefully dismantled, restored and then reassembled.
The tower has a few interesting details including the ‘zipper’ balconies and a fabulous retail space on Quebec Street with an original crane from the shed built into the structure. For the meantime that space is the sales centre. The sheds have been fitted out as a restaurant (serving ‘deceptively simple modern comfort food’) and a brewery that’s going to be known as ‘Steel Toad’