The central business district in downtown Vancouver continues to shift eastward, with another new office tower in the works, this time at West Georgia and Richards.
A rezoning application has been filed for a new, AAA office tower at 450 West Georgia, formerly used as a parking lot for Car2Go car share vehicles, now defunct.
The architect is W.T. Leung Architects for Austeville Properties.
The new office tower will include:
- 23 storeys
- public and commercial (retail) space at grade
- 375,554 square feet net floor area
- 10,000 sq ft. fitness centre and outdoor amenity patios
- dedicated bike ramp from street into building
- extensive green roof
- 270 parking stalls over six underground levels
- 236 bicycle parking spaces
Renderings: 450 West Georgia office tower
The architect describes the design as a “modern orthogonal tower form”, which will allow it to sit “prominently and comfortably” adjacent to both new and existing buildings on West Georgia.
The building will have a high-performance, triple-glazed envelope window system.
A dedicated bike ramp will lead from the future Richards Street bi-directional bike lane directly into the building, presumedly to the bike storage area.
The property is sandwiched between the TELUS Garden office tower to the west, and Westbank and ALLIED’s new office tower to the east — currently under construction.
One block away, Amazon is reportedly planning to triple the size of its office space in the redevelopment of the former post office, known as The Post. The Globe and Mail reported exclusively last week that the tech giant plans to lease both office towers at the development, which could house up to 10,000 office workers.
The tech giant is also said to be looking for even more space in downtown Vancouver — which could make this upcoming office tower a perfect fit.
An open house for the new office tower at West Georgia and Richards is scheduled for March 31, 2020, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Salon B.