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Third tower proposed for Burrard Place in downtown Vancouver

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Kenneth Chan Jul 11, 2018 1:57 pm 1,494

Reliance Properties is moving forward with its plans to build the third tower on its Burrard Place redevelopment, which is a partnership with the Jim Pattison Group.

A development application has been submitted to the City of Vancouver to redevelop a remaining 15,000-sq-ft parcel at 1261 Hornby Street – located immediately south of the 7-Eleven store – into a 368-ft-tall, 35-storey, mixed-use tower.

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Site of Tower C of Burrard Place at 1261 Hornby Street, Vancouver. (IBI Group Architects / Reliance Properties)

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Site of Tower C of Burrard Place at 1261 Hornby Street, Vancouver. (IBI Group Architects / Reliance Properties)

The proposal incorporates 233 homes, including 207 market strata units and 27 market rental units, with the unit mix established as 16 studio units, 116 one-bedroom units, 100 two-bedroom units, and one three-bedroom units.

There will also be a 5,120-sq-ft retail space with access from the street and 40,252-sq-ft of office space within the lower floors above ground level.

Like the rest of Burrard Place, a deep excavation is required as the developer plans to build nine underground levels to hold 375 vehicle parking stalls. This parking facility will be interconnected with another new building that is a part of the Burrard Place complex.

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Artistic rendering of Tower C of Burrard Place at 1261 Hornby Street, Vancouver. (IBI Group Architects / Reliance Properties)

Architectural firm IBI Group describes their tower design as “a kind of supergrid of ‘modules’, here articulated by dark grey metals against low iron glazing, that reads distinctly different than the lighter grids” of the other two towers at the complex.

“Like cells in an analogue film strip, these modules track up the building in four bays, each slipping past one another, suggesting motion and revealing the ‘action” within each module,” reads the architect’s design rationale.

“This composition plays in elevation with the symmetry of the typical floor plan through the interlocking material logic of clear/silver glazing systems and the gray metal panel system. To further refine this supergrid, black ceramic frit is used as a kind of graphic tailoring that includes radiused and thickened corners.”

Overall, the project will have a total floor area of 228,000-sq-ft, giving it a floor space ratio density of 17.3 times the size of its lot.

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Artistic rendering of the Burrard Place office tower. (Burrard Place)

Construction on the two other towers at Burrard Place is well in progress; the 550-ft-tall, 53-storey One Burrard tower with 394 homes is slated for a completion next year while the 184-ft-tall, 13-storey ‘The Offices’ office tower is slated for an opening in 2020.

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Artistic rendering of the Burrard Place office and residential towers. (Burrard Place)

Additionally, Reliance Properties also owns the 7-Eleven site, and it is proposing to redevelop the corner property into a 300-ft-tall, 25-storey residential building with a white-coloured design and quartz-shaped qualities.

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Preliminary conceptual artistic rendering showing the general form of 902 Davie Street, Vancouver. (Bingham Hill Architects / Reliance Properties)

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Kenneth Chan
National Features Editor at Daily Hive, the evolution of Vancity Buzz. He covers local architecture, urban issues, politics, business, retail, economic development, transportation and infrastructure, and the travel industry. Kenneth is also a Co-Founder of New Year's Eve Vancouver. Connect with him at kenneth[at]dailyhive.com

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