Closer look at The Butterfly by Westbank

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The Butterfly Westbank tower rendering
Tower rendering of The Butterfly by Bing Thom Architects in downtown Vancouver. Credit: Marko Radovic

We’re getting a closer look at one of the most exciting upcoming projects in downtown Vancouver: The Butterfly by Westbank at 969 Burrard Street.

The 57-storey tower will be constructed in a parking lot behind the First Baptist Church at Burrard and Nelson, and will contain 331 market condominium units.

An exclusive agent preview was held Monday night at the presentation centre for the Butterfly, located in the Shaw Tower.

The Community Amenity Contributions (CAC) for the project, valued at $91.3-million — one of the city’s largest — will go towards a full seismic upgrade and restoration of the church, and a new social housing building with 61 units. New church multipurpose spaces, including a 37-space child daycare, gymnasium, counselling centre and offices will also be included as part of the proposal.

The majority allocation of the CAC — $65.3 million — will go to the City of Vancouver for strategic priorities in the West End that include community and civic facilities, parks and open space, childcare, transportation and affordable housing.

The design of the tower, by Bing Thom Architects, is said to be inspired by organ pipes. Construction, which will occur in two phases, is scheduled to begin in May 2018, with full completion anticipated for late 2022.

The Butterfly by Westbank

Exterior of The Butterfly
The exterior of the building will consist of scalloped, precast concrete panels, providing exceptional thermal resistance, and enhanced acoustic performance. Credit: Marko Radovic
The Butterfly Westbank bathrooms
Bathrooms at The Butterfly will feature extensive use of marble, accented with gold fixtures. Credit: Marko Radovic
Fitness Centre
Fitness Centre at The Butterfly, showing the exterior precast concrete panels, which feature a honed terrazzo finish on their interiors. Credit: Marko Radovic
Views from The Butterfly
Views will be spectacular, as the tower will be located on one of the highest points of land in downtown Vancouver. Credit: Marko Radovic
The Butterfly skyline rendering
Rendering of The Butterfly on the skyline of downtown Vancouver. Credit: Marko Radovic
The Butterfly by Westbank rooftop pool
Rooftop pools. Credit: SkyscraperPage Forum Vancouver
The Butterfly by Westbank pool
Pool. Credit:SkyscraperPage Forum Vancouver
The Butterfly by Westbank rooftop pool
Rooftop pool. Credit: SkyscraperPage Forum Vancouver
The Butterfly by Westbank seating area
Seating area outside suite entrance. Credit:SkyscraperPage Forum Vancouver
The Butterfly by Westbank kitchens
Kitchen. Credit: SkyscraperPage Forum Vancouver
The Butterfly by Westbank reception
Concierge and lobby. Credit: SkyscraperPage Forum Vancouver
The Butterfly by Westbank lobby piano
The Butterfly piano. Credit: SkyscraperPage Forum Vancouver