A new restaurant pavilion building being constructed in the False Creek Flats is sure to be a head-turner.
As part of PCI Development’s new ‘South Flatz’ office building at 565 Great Northern Way, an iconic standalone pavilion is currently being constructed as the landmark centrepiece of the 20,000 sq. ft. plaza immediately next to the entrances of both the office building and Emily Carr University of Art & Design’s (ECUAD) campus.
It is a 2,000 sq. ft. space with a form and massing that takes inspiration from overlapping flower petals, according to local architectural firm Perkins + Will. The exterior is covered with red metal shingles and glass windows.
“Sculpted for inside-outside visibility from all sides of the plaza, the petals flare to signify its three entrances and culminate to form a glazed oculus that floods the interior with diffused natural light,” reads the architect’s description, adding that the pavilion “acts as both a gate and a community-gathering place working as a catalyst to activate the main plaza.”
The structure is comprised of prefabricated curved nail laminated timber panels, which required computational design and advanced fabrication techniques to achieve its smooth curved interior finish.
At this time, no tenant has been announced for the pavilion, which will be complete by this summer.
The pavilion is located at a prominent and rapidly growing office location.
Not only is it adjacent to ECUAD and the significant new office building, it is also immediately adjacent to the entrance of the future subway station of the Millennium Line’s Broadway extension to Arbutus Street. The station entrance will be located at the northeast corner of Thornton Street and Great Northern Way.
And PCI Development, one of the area’s largest developers, has plans to build about two million sq. ft. of office space within six new buildings over the coming years, which will provide employment space for thousands of people.
South Flatz, the first of these buildings, will reach completion this spring. It has 160,000 sq. ft. of office space, with major tenants including Samsung, Blackbird Interactive, Finning International, and co-working office company Spaces.
The City of Vancouver also recently approved a plan to add 22,000 jobs and 3,000 homes to the False Creek Flats, turning the district into a creative and tech hub over the next 20 years.