564 Beatty Street
The LEED Gold heritage restoration and commercial addition to 564 Beatty Street in Crosstown is a flagship project for the Owner, Reliance Properties, and also for the city. The first new office space in many years in a formerly distressed part of Vancouver, the new tower serves as a gateway marker for people entering the city via public transit, car, and bike. It is a confident and sophisticated, "You're downtown now, baby!"
Vancouver, meet the very best in "on-fill" development.
Designed in partnership with IBI Group, the project juxtaposes newly restored heritage with four stores of contemporary glass - accented with a reveal floor that preserves the original roofline, produces an exterior deck, and has the effect of floating the upper three stories as a single, perfect volume.
Longtime Crosstown resident, Chambar Bistro, now occupies the ground floor and during the summer is able to capitalize on the adjacent public plaza . The resulting summer atmosphere is one of leisurely brunches in the late morning, and drinks with good friends on a warm evening.
CAPTURING THE VIEW
The decision to create a "glass cube" above the original heritage structure takes full advantage of the panoramic views available, adding to the workplace environment for the upper floor tenants, and reinforcing it's position at a nexus of neighbourhoods, city street grid, pedestrians paths, and transportation.
THE OLD AND THE NEW
To carry the increased load of four additional floors, concrete columns were added to either side of the original heavy timber supports. This design allowed the new structure to remain exposed, as a modern, complimentary addition to the original wooden structure.