We first posted this project eleven years ago. The project was rezoned in 2014, and after some design changes excavation started at the end of 2016, with construction proceeding slowly, and reaching grade at the middle of 2018. It’s taken four years to complete the first phase of Burrard Place (it was first called Burrard Gateway).
There’s a second residential tower tower to follow, office and retail in the podium.
The slow start was in part because the first version of the tower failed to show “architectural creativity and excellence, while making a significant contribution to the beauty and visual power of the city’s skyline”. A revised version got a more positive reception, and with a few further changes has now been completed.
The 54 storey tower has a grid design on one corner slightly reminiscent of the Vancouver House not too far away on Howe Street. There’s also a corner with alternating ‘zipper’ balconies, design used by the same architects, IBI/HB, on a Southeast False Creek tower.
There are 426 condos and 53 rental units in the tower, as well as 100,000 sq. ft. of strata office and retail spaces in the podium along Hornby.
There’s another related office building designed by Bing Thom Architects on Burrard Street. It incorporates a 3-storey Pattison Toyota dealership into a curved and twisted office building that’s being completed at the same time.
We’ve compared the view looking up the completed tower (left) with the model from 2015 (right), and there are some subtle changes, although overall the design looks very similar. The bent spine may have a lighting effect, although one was promised for a similar feature on the Hotel Georgia tower by the same architects, but never materialized.
The second tower is being marketed, and a third residential tower on the block might be in the works as well, as Reliance Properties (building this tower with Pattison Developments) have secured the 7-11 building at the northern end of the Hornby Street block.