Landmark – 1488 Robson Street


The images for this proposal showed up on the City of Vancouver website in the fall of 2016. Musson Cattell Mackey submitted the development application for a pair of towers to replace the Empire Landmark Hotel. The hotel has 34 hotel floors over a podium and a revolving restaurant and was completed in 1974. (No doubt the era that it was built, and the seismic standards applied today have something to do with the decision to replace rather than convert the Landmark). The Hong Kong office of PDP London, an international architecture firm designed the building. (Asia Standard, the developer is also based in Hong Kong).

The project wasn’t a rezoning; it followed the West End Plan, and the Development Permit Board had the project on their agenda for decision before the end of the year. The initial version of the scheme had 28 and 30 storey towers with 57 units on non-market housing, and 223 market units. After UDP non-support a revised version with slightly more units in total was approved, with 300 units and 63 of them non-market. There will be two floors of office over retail in the podium.

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3 Responses to Landmark – 1488 Robson Street

  1. Tammy says:

    Nice to see it has balcony’s. I’m so tired of new buildings that go up, that have no outdoor space for the home owner/tenant in such a beautiful city.

  2. Greg Arden says:

    Do you know anything about the history of the vacant lot across the street?

    • ChangingCity says:

      Records show it is owned — and has been since 1973 — by a company in Hong Kong called Melford Estates Limited. They don’t appear to have ever attempted to develop it.

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