33-storey condo tower proposed for West Georgia Chevron site (RENDERINGS)

Feb 25 2019, 8:54 pm

Nearly two years after it acquired the property for $72 million, local developer Anthem Properties has submitted a rezoning application to turn the former Chevron gas station site on West Georgia at the border of the West End and Coal Harbour districts into a new residential building.

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The proposal calls for a 326-ft-tall, 33-storey tower at 1698 West Georgia Street — the southeast corner of the intersection of West Georgia Street and Bidwell Street.

1898 West Georgia Street Vancouver

Site of 1698 West Georgia Street, Vancouver. (Kohn Pederson Fox / Chris Dikeakos Architects / Anthem Properties)

The Chevron gas station on West Georgia Street was demolished shortly after its closure in 2017. (Farhan Mohamed / Daily Hive)

There would be 127 residential strata units, with the unit mix consisting of one studio unit, 24 one-bedroom units, 71 two-bedroom units, and 31 three-bedroom units.

New York City-based Kohn Pederson Fox (KPF), with Chris Dikeakos Architects as the architect of record, is behind the design of the tower.

KPF’s past work includes the new 5 World Trade Centre tower in NYC and International Commerce Centre in Hong Kong. It is also the architect of the new office tower being built immediately across from Waterfront Station.

1898 West Georgia Street Vancouver

February 2019 artistic rendering of 1698 West Georgia Street, Vancouver. (Kohn Pederson Fox / Chris Dikeakos Architects / Anthem Properties)

1898 West Georgia Street Vancouver

February 2019 artistic rendering of 1698 West Georgia Street, Vancouver. (Kohn Pederson Fox / Chris Dikeakos Architects / Anthem Properties)

The form and greenery of the tower’s exterior design is said to be inspired by topography and vegetation of the North Shore mountains.

“The facade design takes inspiration from the fine textures on the mountain rocks, made by numerous facets and cracks,” reads the architect’s design rationale. “Gently twisting in profile, subtly varying in colour, the uniquely designed vertical facade fins help break up the monotony and the severity of an all-glass tower and create a dynamic facade that animates the building through different views and angles of sunlight.”

1898 West Georgia Street Vancouver

February 2019 artistic rendering of 1698 West Georgia Street, Vancouver. (Kohn Pederson Fox / Chris Dikeakos Architects / Anthem Properties)

1898 West Georgia Street Vancouver

February 2019 artistic rendering of 1698 West Georgia Street, Vancouver. (Kohn Pederson Fox / Chris Dikeakos Architects / Anthem Properties)

At the lower podium, a two-storey “waterfall” fuelled by recycled stormwater runoff is intended to be visually prominent and generate “white noise to block out the sounds of traffic.”

A total of 213 vehicle parking stalls will be located within six underground levels.

1898 West Georgia Street Vancouver

February 2019 artistic rendering of 1698 West Georgia Street, Vancouver. (Kohn Pederson Fox / Chris Dikeakos Architects / Anthem Properties)

1898 West Georgia Street Vancouver

February 2019 artistic rendering of 1698 West Georgia Street, Vancouver. (Kohn Pederson Fox / Chris Dikeakos Architects / Anthem Properties)

The project will have a total floor area of about 178,000-sq-ft, giving it a floor space ratio density of 9.39 times the size of the lot. The city’s West End Community Plan supports this form and density of development.

Adjacent to the proposed development site is the White Spot restaurant site, which is also primed for redevelopment after being sold by its owner to a Chinese buyer for nearly $250 million.

1898 West Georgia Street Vancouver

Site of 1698 West Georgia Street, Vancouver. (Kohn Pederson Fox / Chris Dikeakos Architects / Anthem Properties)

A number of towers are proposed, planned, or under construction in the immediate area, including projects like Kengo Kuma’s 40-storey ‘carved’ tower at 1550 Alberni Street, Bosa Properties and Ole Scheeren’s 43-storey ‘jenga’ tower at 1500 West Georgia Street, Bosa Properties and Henriquez Partners Architects’ 26-storey ‘scaly’ tower at 1575 West Georgia Street, and Westbank and Bing Thom’s 39-storey ‘exoskeleton’ tower at 1684 Alberni Street.

1898 West Georgia Street Vancouver

February 2019 artistic rendering of 1698 West Georgia Street, Vancouver. (Kohn Pederson Fox / Chris Dikeakos Architects / Anthem Properties)

1898 West Georgia Street Vancouver

February 2019 artistic rendering of 1698 West Georgia Street, Vancouver. (Kohn Pederson Fox / Chris Dikeakos Architects / Anthem Properties)

1898 West Georgia Street Vancouver

February 2019 artistic rendering of 1698 West Georgia Street, Vancouver. (Kohn Pederson Fox / Chris Dikeakos Architects / Anthem Properties)

1898 West Georgia Street Vancouver

February 2019 artistic rendering of 1698 West Georgia Street, Vancouver. (Kohn Pederson Fox / Chris Dikeakos Architects / Anthem Properties)

1898 West Georgia Street Vancouver

February 2019 artistic rendering of 1698 West Georgia Street, Vancouver. (Kohn Pederson Fox / Chris Dikeakos Architects / Anthem Properties)

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