Three years after we last posted about the Granville Street retail store that used to be home to Sears, and before that Eatons, we’re looking at how it turned out. We’re also publishing a number of posts on out companion blog that examine the changes to the building over the years (We’ve put an example of the change here). The reclad and reconfiguration of the building was one of the worst-kept secrets in the city. Nordstrom has replaced Sears in the flagship retail block of the Pacific Centre Mall. The significantly compromised Cesar Pelli design for Eatons has been given a James Cheng makeover. The basement floor is now part of the mall, Nordstrom occupy three floors from the main floor up, and the top four are groundscraper office floors with 280,000 sq ft of space around two atria punched through the frame to give the internal offices natural light, occupied by lawyers Miller Thomson, Sony Image Works and Microsoft. The exterior skin has glazing wherever the service cores allow it, and there’s a lot of the creamy beige natural stone you can see on other Nordstrom stores.
We’re showing how the Granville Street side (above) compares to the render (replacing the black cylinder entrance with a more normal canopy and doorway). There’s a new glass box in the courtyard that serves as the office entrance – and that courtyard is now level with the sidewalk. We’ve had to bend the photograph about a lot to match the angles on the render, but it’s clear that a few minor changes were made between permit and completion.
On the Howe Street side there’s a projecting glass box on the third floor occupied by a restaurant. The corner is much more open than it used to be, as our before and after shot shows.