Pinnacle takes wraps off gateway tower at 601 Beach Crescent

Rendering of 601 Beach Crescent tower by Pinnacle International.

Pinnacle International held an open house Monday to unveil the design for a 52-storey tower at 601 Beach Crescent.

The tower is proposed for a slice of land on the east side of the Granville Street Bridge, adjacent to the Vancouver House development by Westbank.

Together, the two towers will form a gateway to downtown Vancouver, although the Pinnacle tower will be 535 ft. (163m), slightly higher than Vancouver House at 493 ft. (150m).

The Pinnacle tower was designed by JYOM International of Shanghai, China, co-founded by Vancouver native Kandice Emmie Kwok. GBL Architects is the architect of record.

Renderings: 601 Beach Crescent by Pinnacle

Rendering of 601 Beach Crescent tower by Pinnacle International.
Retail podium.
Urban design plan for site, showing market and non-market housing entrances.

The design said to be inspired by the poised form of a “strong female figure” — designed to counter the masculine “broad shoulders” of Vancouver House.

The development includes 152 non-market housing units in the podium, with a total square footage of 126,710 square feet. The non-market housing unit mix is 13% studios, 50% one-bedroom, 20% two-bedroom and 16% three-bedroom.

The podium of the tower will also contain retail space, likely a grocery store — something which is proposed for Vancouver House as well.

Non-market housing always part of plan for 601 Beach

As early as 1990, the site was slated for non-market housing as part of the False Creek North ODP and the development of Yaletown by Concord Pacific.

In 2016, Pinnacle International acquired the site from the City of Vancouver with a successful bid of $20 million, contingent on the delivery of non-market housing along with any tower proposal.

601 Beach Crescent today.

Public plazas and water features planned

Landscaping around the podium is comprised of a network of walkways through lush, shade tolerant plants. A pedestrian plaza with two water features is proposed for the corner of Beach Crescent and Granville Street (under the bridge).

A second plaza will be located at Beach Crescent and Seymour Mews. The landscape architect on the project is Janet Rosenberg & Studio.

Specifics on green building initiatives, unit mix still to be announced

Pinnacle is considering several energy-efficient features for the building, including high efficiency heat recovery ventilators (HRV) as well as high efficiency heat pumps.

Specifics on the number of market units in the tower are not yet available, but a spokesperson at the open house told urbanYVR there will be around 300 market units.