Bosa proposes new office tower to replace tired downtown parkade

Second proposal for site seeks approval; designed by New York-based architect

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Bosa 320 Granville Street entrance
Rendering of entrance of proposed new 30-storey office tower at 320 Granville Street.

Bosa Development Corporation has taken over plans for a new office tower at 320 Granville Street, and has revealed a new design for a 30-storey building designed by a prominent New York-based architecture firm.

Chris Dikeakos Architects of Vancouver and KPF Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates of New York collaborated on the design, which features walls of curved glass and an open, airy entry plaza at the corner of Granville and Cordova streets.

The tower will feature 376,000 square feet of office space, and a small cafe next to the lobby. There will be parking for 78 bikes, as well as end-of-trip facilities. Below grade will be 288 parking spots, including spots for car share. Eight elevators will serve the office floors.

The property is currently home to a multi-level, above-ground parkade which has seen better days. This is the second proposal for the property – a 32-storey office building was originally proposed in 2014 but it never went ahead. Bosa Development Corporation acquired the site in 2016.

An office construction boom has been underway in downtown Vancouver over the past several years. The MNP Tower, also designed by KPF Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, opened in 2015 and has quickly become one of downtown’s premier buildings. Other new office towers are planned for sites on West Pender, West Hastings and Melville streets. In Gastown, the Ormidale Block, which was completely redeveloped and restored by Century Group, will be ready for tenants later this month.

The Bosa proposal for 320 Granville Street will head to the Development Permit Board on April 3, 2017.

Bosa 320 Granville Street top of tower
Rendering of sculpted form at top of tower of proposed new 30-storey office tower at 320 Granville Street.
Bosa 320 Granville Street view
View of a proposed new 30-storey office tower at 320 Granville Street.
Bosa 320 Granville Street CRAB Park
View from CRAB Park of a proposed new 30-storey office tower at 320 Granville Street.