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New crystal-shaped office tower coming next to Main Street-Science World Station

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Kenneth Chan Jun 18, 2018 4:20 pm 2,642

New artistic renderings show the precise architectural detail of The Onyx, a relatively significantly-sized office building that will be built immediately adjacent to SkyTrain’s Main Street-Science World Station and Pacific Central Station.

The 13-storey building by Rize Alliance at 1296 Station Street, located on the northeast corner of Station Street and Terminal Avenue, will replace Party Bazaar.

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The development site at 1296 Station Street, Vancouver – the existing location of Party Bazaar. (Musson Cattell Mackey Partnership / Rize Alliance)

1296 Station Street, Vancouver

The development site at 1296 Station Street, Vancouver – the existing location of Party Bazaar. (Musson Cattell Mackey Partnership / Rize Alliance)

It will feature 268,000 sq. ft. of Class AAA office space within the upper levels and 8,700 sq. ft. of ground-floor retail.

Office tenants will have access to a large outdoor rooftop space with an expansive patio.

The building in its overall form has an irregular crystal shape, with a large glass-enclosed office lobby on Station Street that sharply juts out as if it were an extension of the crystal.

Interior materials will incorporate sleek stone and rich wood detailing, including a lobby design that features warm grey tones, champagne-tinted elevator doors, and a constellation-inspired lighting feature.

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Artistic rendering of The Onyx at 1296 Station Street, Vancouver. (Musson Cattell Mackey Partnership / Rize Alliance)

“The Onyx is a transformational development for a transformational area,” said Marco DiPaolo, Executive Vice President with Colliers International in Vancouver, in a statement.

“This building marks the evolution of The Terminal District into a hub for visionary businesses and professionals. With its central location, vibrant atmosphere and proximity to transit, The Onyx will provide companies and employees an ideal setting to maximize productivity and do their most creative, innovative work.”

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Artistic rendering of The Onyx at 1296 Station Street, Vancouver. (Musson Cattell Mackey Partnership / Rize Alliance)

This is Rize Alliance’s third office building project on Terminal Avenue following the completion of its recent Containers office complex, which houses the new Lower Mainland headquarters of Canada Revenue Agency.

The developer says this area of the False Creek Flats has the potential to become comparable to Seattle’s South Lake Union, which is an emerging hub for life sciences firms.

The comparison could be apt given that the western half of the False Creek Flats, where The Onyx is located, is slated to be transformed into a tech and medical hub. One of the area’s anchors will be the new medical campus of the St. Paul’s Hospital, located immediately north of Pacific Central Station, which will consist of not only the new hospital but also as many as five supporting office buildings containing medical offices and research facilities.

Rize Alliances plans to build another office development in the area after The Onyx, which will commence construction in early-2019 for a completion by mid-2020.

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Artistic rendering of The Onyx at 1296 Station Street, Vancouver. (Musson Cattell Mackey Partnership / Rize Alliance)

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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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