A new proposal for an office tower at 555 West Cordova, sandwiched in between Waterfront Station and The Landing, is expected to go before the Vancouver Heritage Commission next week.
A previous proposal in 2015 (pictured) for a 26-storey office tower was panned by many as too overbearing, especially in its relationship to the historic CPR Waterfront Station.
The new proposal is by the same architecture firms, B+H Architects and Adrian Smith + Gordon Hill Architecture. B+H Architects are also behind a nearby office tower at 601 West Hastings, currently under construction.
A new design is expected to be revealed next week, but here’s what we know so far:
- height has been reduced from 127 metres to 114 metres
- floor area has been increased from 408,000 sq ft. to 532,000 sq ft.
A key aspect of the new proposal will be how the development responds to the existing historic context, and the proximity of two significant heritage buildings.