555 West Cordova office tower proposal revived

The proposal was criticized as being too overbearing in relation to Waterfront Station. Credit: City of Vancouver

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.

The previous proposal in 2015 saw a tower proposal for the parking lot between Waterfront Station and The Landing office building. Credit: City of Vancouver