1618 Quebec Street, Vancouver, BC
Central - Exterior
|Developer||The Onni Group|
|Architect||Bruce Haden - DIALOG|
|Number of Units||324|
|Number of Floors||21|
|Type of Roof||IRMA|
|1618 Quebec Street, Vancouver, BC|
|Distance to Public Transit||Over 50 options|
|Title of Land||Strata|
Vancouver’s False Creek may just be the perfect place for a building that’s held up as an “evolution” in architecture.
The Creek has, after all, come a long way since the early 1900s, when it began as little more than a junkyard – a last resting place for bits and pieces of the Canadian Pacific Railway. Incidentally, that’s where the “false” part of False Creek comes from: laborers filled in part of the original body of water to make room for the train yard. For sheds and tools, and cars, and scrap. And a staggering amount of industrial waste.
Then came Expo ’86, the transportation-themed international exposition that brought the world to Vancouver changing its face forever.
But before it could do that, the next generation of city councilors realized that they needed somewhere to put it. A stage large enough to showcase the city to hundreds of thousands of visitors. So, over a stretch of years between the mid 1970s and the Expo’s titular 1986, False Creek was transformed.
The Expo was a hit. People came, saw, and left more than a little impressed. Almost on the heels of the last few visitors out the gates, the city sold the land to Li-Ka-Shing, a developer based in Hong Kong. Ka-shing still owns the land and his vision of a forward-looking, upward-stretching area that balances population density with convenience and commerce still holds true.
The perfect place for the Central towers.
That’s what it’s all about for Central. In the end, that’s what it’s all about for pretty well any real-estate development. But Central has put location right there in its name. It’s minutes away from the best of Vancouver.
There are more than 50 public transit options within easy walking distance of Central. Expo ‘86 left the city’s SkyTrain system as its legacy, and Central residents have their choice of the station at Main Street, or the one at Waterfront – which connects to all three of Vancouver’s rapid transit lines.
Shop the city’s designer threads on Robson Street. Eat in False Creek itself, since the neighborhood is building quite a reputation for some of Vancouver’s best and most varied food. Then rest a while in Creekside Park, before catching a bus (or one of the False Creek Ferries) to Granville Island for a little live theater.
“An icon for the city.”
“Something different in a sea of sameness.”
“A place to build a community.”
These are all the words of Central’s designers and developers. Maybe a little biased. But even though the building isn't scheduled for completion until the fall of 2014, all signs seem to be pointing past that bias toward the fact that the people behind the building might also be right.
Central is made up of three separate parts: two legs and a connecting “skybridge” on top. Taken together, the whole thing has the feel of a huge, post-modern inukshuk. Or a piece of futuristic Stonehenge. Both comparisons are meant in the best way possible, since the frank intention of the designers is to create a structure that will leave a mark
One leg of the building is entirely dedicated to residential space. As is the entire skybridge. The other leg will contain office space throughout, and retail units at the base – the foot, as it were. In between the feet, there is (or, rather, will be) a serenity garden open for public use. Along with the public garden at the bottom, designers have included a private one on top.
Strange as it may seem, one can’t help wondering whether some of Central’s residents will be able to live in one side of the building, work in the other, and escape to the roof on the way back home.
Layout and Features
The practicalities: Suites at Central are available in one or two-bedroom layouts, with master or master-and-guest bathrooms. All units have over sized windows and open-air balcony features, while some larger suites include full terraces and/or flex space. Living area floors are hardwood and tile, with polished stone worktops and stainless steel kitchen appliances.
The perks: Living space is actually connected to full office, green, and retail units within the building. See below for an in impressive list of Central’s amenities.
A selection of Central's floor plans. For a more complete collection, see the reference section at the end of this article.
Central's amenities include:
- 24-hour concierge service
- Fitness Center
- Yoga/dance studio
- Steam and sauna room
- Grand dining room with kitchen
- Games room
- Lounge/Entertainment area
- Common flex space
- Rooftop garden terrace and public serenity garden at ground level
- Secure underground parking
A building's bylaws are determined by its Strata Council, and since Central is still under construction, its Council hasn't formed yet. Units are currently available for pre-sale, so check back here for updates as construction progresses.
The city of Vancouver is en route to becoming the World’s Greenest City by 2020. With that in mind, Central residents and tenants can be sure that the people behind the building are paying as much attention to its sustainability as they are to the uniqueness of its structure.
Central's over sized windows are energy efficient, right down to the roller blinds that cover them. Its fixtures and appliances are LEED certified for low-energy/low-flow outputs.
Though the building does have secure underground parking, it’s worth mentioning that a car in downtown Vancouver and surrounding area sometimes hinders more than it helps. City officials have limited the amount of parking downtown in order to encourage the use of public transit.
Prospective residents and tenants are urged to keep in mind the fact that Central is close to more than 50 public transit routes.
False Creek's Expo '86 - The "Gluttony Numbers":
- Vendors sold 7.5 million hamburgers and 8 million scoops of ice cream.
- Visitors ate enough Cotton Candy to fill the British Columbia Pavilion to the top.
- Placed end-to-end the number of consumed hot dogs (4.2 million) would stretch from Vancouver to Seattle and back.
- Vancouverites brewed 1/4 million pounds of coffee and helped the rest of the world drink 1.2 million gallons of beer.
- Expo Museum
- Walk Score
- Central's home on the web.
- [http://www.pixilink.com/upload/building/902/floor_plans_central.pdf Pixilink - More Central floor plans.]
- Green Vancouver 2020
- Expo '86 - Trivia
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