1069 Alberni Street

The Grosvenor building was built a few decades ago, designed by Musson Cattell Mackey for Grosvenor Estates. More recently the building was sold to local investors and developers Kingswood Capital, and as Alberni develops as the place where people with more money than sense go shopping, and there was underbuilt zoned floorspace, they’ve added a retail building to replace the small patio area in front of the building.

The Henriquez Partners designed 2-storey retail space was approved in 2015, and has just been completed. The store has been leased to Parisian jeweler Van Cleef & Arpels, and Swiss luxury watch store IWC Schaffhausen. The public right-of-way through the site remains, cutting across the angle behind the new store. Here the design echoes the continuous bays of the Grosvenor Building – supposedly designed that way to allow every office to be a corner office.

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3 Responses to 1069 Alberni Street

  1. Michael says:

    Many workers in the Grosvernor Building will miss that lovely little courtyard for their coffee and lunch breaks…..and it’s a great passage to use between W.Georgia and Alberni….I for one will be very sad to see this open space disappear.

  2. Mark says:

    I understand that this area is being developed for the rich Chinese market and part of a global phenomenon.

  3. beach650 says:

    I really don’t understand the rationale for the City allowing a plaza space to be filled in. We have a shortage of plaza spaces downtown and no shortage of retail spaces.

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