The Vancouver headquarters of Deloitte Canada is on the move.
The consulting and financial services giant announced today it will be the anchor tenant of local developer’s Westbank’s new office tower at 400 West Georgia Street – just across from the future Amazon office space at Quadreal’s Canada Post redevelopment and Vancouver Public Library’s Central Branch.
Deloitte will occupy about 117,000-sq-ft of space within the top 10 floors of the 24-storey, 301-ft-tall, 375,000-sq-ft building.
The lamp-inspired tower, designed by Japanese architectural firm OSO, features a staggered aesthetic of stacked glass cubes, with an exterior that integrates with nature through a system of vertical gardens.
“When we began designing 400 West Georgia, a brief study led to a completely different approach to the glass box. The building evolved into a scaleless sculpture of cantilevering volumes and vertical gardens,” said Esteban Ochogavia with OSO.
“All this is achieved by rearranging – rather than abandoning – the conventional glass box.”
Office tenants will work in spaces with glass floors overlooking the street below, and the cubes allow for the creation of natural compartments within a continuous open floor plate that has large spans of column-free space.
An ambitious LEED Platinum design rating is being pursued for this project, which was approved by Vancouver City Council in February of this year.
Deloitte is currently located at the 1981-built Four Bentall Centre at 1055 Dunsmuir Street, and it says its move eastward on the downtown peninsula follows the movement of “new economy firms” consolidating on the eastern end of West Georgia Street. The new tower is described to be at the “centre of a new, growing creative-economy business district.”
“400 West Georgia is a game-changing development and we’re proud to be collaborating with Allied and Westbank to set a new standard for workspaces in Vancouver,” said Etienne Bruson, Managing Partner of the BC division of Deloitte Canada.
“We want to create unique, inclusive destinations for our people, clients, and community right across the country. 400W. Georgia pushes the traditional boundaries of office design to create something truly distinctive and innovative. We’re looking forward to moving in.”
Construction on the tower is well underway for a 2020 completion.
According to industry sources, Deloitte originally considered occupying space within the Canada Post redevelopment.