521 West 8th Avenue

Here’s a proposed office building that came as quite a (pleasant) surprise. Musson Cattell Mackey, architects for many of the city’s office projects, designed a 68,000 sq ft building on a small site with single storey retail behind the Cambie Street liquor store (that was once a McDonalds).

Initially it was proposed as a nine storey building (right) that supposedly squeezed in under the viewcone that protects the view of City Hall, but that proved to not be the case. The revised version has eight storeys, but still achieves 64,500 sq ft of space, and the design still shows some interesting angles and variations.

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