601 Beach Avenue

This rezoning for a ‘gateway’ tower beside the Granville Street offramp has been anticipated for a while. It’s the counterpoint tower to Vancouver House, a tower currently under construction on the west side of the bridge.

The site was sold by the City of Vancouver for development to include a significant non-market housing component. The 54 storey tower would have 303 condo units and 152 social housing units.

Designed by GBL Architects with JYOM Architecture, the tower uses rectangular window units that shift slightly to give the effect of a sinuous curve, without incurring the much higher costs associated with custom shaped units.

The base of the building has three retail units, and a third of the non-market units, and over half the market condos would have two or three bedrooms.

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