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Beach District Neighbourhood

Applying the “Total Design” philosophy to an entire district and building on the success of Granville Island across False Creek, Vancouver House is not just an architectural breakthrough, but the active core of a new waterfront neighbourhood called the “Beach District”.

The New Beach District Neighbourhood

 

 

 

 

Urban Oasis

The Beach District will directly connect with a proposed Greenway on top of the Granville Bridge, a panoramic walking and bike pathway to Granville Island, and the retail and entertainment district along South Granville.

The concept is to create a diverse and lively zone for living and shopping with a new retail, hospitality, workspace, and cultural development.

Key features:

  • – Year- round destination with 60,000 square feet of retail
  • – 80,000 SF of Office/workspace
  • – Restaurants and cafes
  • – One of a kind shops and services
  • – Food carts
  • – Street celebrations
  • – Craft and farmer’s markets

 

Proposed Greenway, view looking North

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Proposed Greenway, view looking North

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Office building

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Daytime Streetscape

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Waterfront Living

Vancouver House’s 388 suites will boast views of either dynamic False Creek, the maritime heart of the city, or English Bay with its sublime vistas of open ocean, the Gulf Islands, and Stanley Park. This is the perfect location for waterfront access, including the 22 kilometre Seawall, Aquabus service to Granville Island, nearby yacht clubs, and the English Bay beaches.

 

English Bay
7:30 am

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Aquabus / Burrard Street Bridge

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Vanier Park
Sunset 7:30 pm

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Sunset Beach / False Creek
8:30 am

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Granville Island
12:00 pm

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Sunset Beach / English Bay
Sunset 8:30 pm

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Public Art

In a class of its own as a patron of public art, Westbank has embraced demanding, avant-garde work by the finest artists, using its projects as vast canvases. This will also be true for Vancouver House, where Westbank will build large light boxes on the underside of the bridge to showcase work by young local artists.

The major installation is “Spinning Chandelier” by Rodney Graham, a monumental faux glass recreation of a 200 year-old French chandelier that will rapidly drop at a fixed time every day, spinning as it descends, cascading light all around it.

 

21st Century Sistine Chapel
Rotating Art Exhibition

Spinning Chandelier
Rodney Graham

 

The Beach District and The Sistine Chapel of Street Art Bjarke Ingels

Spinning Chandelier Demonstration

 

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