320 Granville was another Downtown office rezoning proposed in 2012 to replace an ageing parkade at Granville on the south side of Cordova. Originally a tower was designed by VIA Architecture, following the recent trend of an angled element on the facade to add some interest without compromising the potential for the greatest floor area. That version was not supported by the Urban Design Panel, so nearly 18 months later a revised design (below) was submitted and subsequenly approved.
It had 32 storeys, totalling 380,000 sq ft of space. Initially a daycare was proposed on the top floor, but that idea was dropped quite early in the process. Since 2013 all has been quiet about the project, but two other towers are also moving ahead on the same block.
Now with a new owner, Bosa Development, a totally different version is going to the DP Board in the spring. Now with 30 floors, the design, and the architect has changed, although the floorspace is the same.
Kohn Pedersen Fox of New York have designed the new, curvy, tower with local partners Chris Dikeakos Architects. There’s a fairly open cutaway corner, as this picture of the model (above) viewed (and supported) by the Urban Design panel shows.