Overhaul proposed for Salesforce office tower across from Waterfront Station

May 28 2020, 6:48 pm

A transformation is proposed for the Salesforce office tower directly across from Waterfront Station in downtown Vancouver.

Perkins + Will Architects has submitted a development application for 333 Seymour Street — the 1985-built, 17-storey office building at the southwest corner of the intersection of Seymour Street and West Cordova Street.

According to the application, the exterior of floors three to 17 will undergo a recladding to provide the tower with a modernized streamlined appearance, and an upgraded envelope to improve energy efficiency and tenant comfort.

Tower — before:

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Existing condition of 333 Seymour Street, Vancouver. (Perkins + Will Architects)

Tower — after:

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Artistic rendering of the renovations to 333 Seymour Street, Vancouver. (Perkins + Will Architects)

“As part of the envelope upgrade project, an update to the appearance of the tower is proposed, enhancing its contribution to the urban environment by diminishing the strong horizontal banding, emphasizing the vertical structural expression over the articulated floor plate, and replacing dated finishes while coordinating with ongoing work at the podium,” reads the design rationale.

“By making small but effective interventions, we propose to improve the technical performance of the building, the quality of the internal environment for users, and simultaneously update the tower’s aesthetic relationship to its city scape.”

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Artistic rendering of the renovations to 333 Seymour Street, Vancouver. (Perkins + Will Architects)

This concept will be coordinated with the design of the tower’s renovated and expanded podium, which is separately designed by B+H Architects and currently under construction. This project on the lower floors adds about 13,000 sq. ft. of new floor area, including a fitness gym amenity.

Podium — before:

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Existing exterior of 333 Seymour Street, Vancouver. (B+H Architects / PCI Developments)

Podium — after:

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Artistic rendering of the renovations to 333 Seymour Street, Vancouver. (B+H Architects)

On the tower rooftop, the proposed renovation will also add a significant amenity space with views of the waterfront and mountains.

This is a 3,200-sq-ft amenity, including a renovated elevator, new washrooms, enclosed kitchenette and lounge with operable glass walls, and outdoor terrace.

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Artistic rendering of the renovations to 333 Seymour Street, Vancouver. (Perkins + Will Architects)

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Artistic rendering of the renovations to 333 Seymour Street, Vancouver. (Perkins + Will Architects)

Additionally, a rooftop frame structure will be added, and the existing rooftop dome will be refinished. Several exterior lighting features are being explored, including perimeter lighting or LED strip lighting around the frame.

The building’s major tenants include WeWork and Salesforce, which opened its new Vancouver office at the building just last year. Artistic renderings of the renovation also show a Salesforce logo sign at the top of the exterior.

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Artistic rendering of the renovations to 333 Seymour Street, Vancouver. (Perkins + Will Architects)

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Artistic rendering of the renovations to 333 Seymour Street, Vancouver. (Perkins + Will Architects)

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Artistic rendering of the renovations to 333 Seymour Street, Vancouver. (Perkins + Will Architects)

The tower, originally designed by Tudor + Walters Architects, has a total floor area of about 150,000 sq. ft.

On the same city block, three other office towers are either approved or under construction, including the 28-storey 625 West Hastings immediately to the south, 25-storey 320 Granville Street immediately to the west, and 30-storey 601 West Hastings Street to the southwest. Just across the street, a 26-storey office tower at 555 West Cordova Street is proposed for the parking lot at the east end of Waterfront Station.

All four new towers have a combined total floor area of roughly 1.3 million sq. ft.

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Nearby office buildings designed by other architects and developed by other entities.

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