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 was supposed to be late in 2016 – but is now 2017. The final name appears to be parq Vancouver.

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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One Response to Vancouver Urban Resort – 39 Smithe Street

  1. Guest says:

    Plans at the City’s website for One Pacific show a 2 storey commercial “atrium” in its podium across from the casino entrance – so hopefully they can make that Smithe St extension a lively place (despite residnetial above). It’s also supposed to cnnect to 47 Nelson with a plaza or pathway under the Smithe/Cambie Bridge offramp.

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