Three years ago we posted the initial scheme for 753 Seymour Street, a new office tower proposed to replace the Vancouver Centre parkade. It’s located next to the Scotia Tower and across from the Telus office complex. The last version is at the bottom of the post; these images show the third iteration that represents the UDP supported Development Permit design. We think this means the developers are serious and the project may move ahead soon. The fussier and more complex lower part of the tower has now been replaced with a simpler idea of an angled ‘curtain’ wall being pulled sideways.
This is a pretty dead stretch of street right now, but with the Telus block being overclad, their new offices on Georgia as well as this project, it should be a whole lot better. It’s a design by experienced city office architects MCM.
There’s an unusual aspect to the proposal: floors 2 to 6 are proposed as above-grade parking, with 398,000 square feet of office above that. The total parking proposed just about meets the requirements here, with 7 underground floors of parking and 5 above grade. The developers appear to be anticipating those requirements coming down in future, as 65,000 of the above grade parking is designed to potentially convert to additional office space.
The rezoning report said “The exterior of the office building incorporates a complex curtain-wall glazing treatment that involves fritted glass, triple-glazed units and an extended capping system in order to maximize energy performance of the building.”