In 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”.
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.
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.