Citygate I

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1188 Quebec Street, Vancouver, BC

Citygate I
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Exterior of Citygate 1
Building Information
Developer Bosa Properties Inc.
Architect Perkins & Company Architecture
Management Company Gateway West
Number of Units 173
Number of Floors 30
Year Built 1992
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof Tar & Gravel
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1188 Quebec Street, Vancouver, BC
Distance to Public Transit Within one block
Region Vancouver
Municipality Vancouver
Zoning CD-1
Title of Land Condominium


Contents

Background

The setbacks of Citygate I

Home to 2,800 residents, Citygate is a three tower development in the Mount Pleasant East area of Vancouver, overlooking Science World and False Creek. Citygate I was the first tower built in 1992 by Bosa Development, and is a prominent condominium residential building in Vancouver, offering 173 residences over its 30 floors. The building also offers an extensive, luxury amenity package that includes a concierge, indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam room, hot tub, fully-equipped fitness center, pool table, library and underground parking.[1]


Location

The Mount Pleasant area in Vancouver is separated into two distinct sides, like many of the neighborhoods: east and west. East Mount Pleasant offers many urban living styles with many high rise condominiums, bustling streets, easy transportation, and many restaurants and cafes that are constantly changing.

The Citygate development is located across from Science World which rests at the shore of False Creek. On a stretch of the road that leads towards the city's stadiums and into the more central Yaletown and Downtown areas, Citygate I is situated on the highly-trafficked Quebec Street near Terminal Avenue.

Running parallel to Quebec Street is Main Street, which is a common north to south thoroughfare for many commuters, and also offers an up-and-coming, bustling environment.

At Main Street and Terminal Avenue is the Main SkyTrain Station, providing easy access to the surrounding neighborhoods, both downtown and into the Suburbs for the residents at Citygate I. The central location is also within walking distance to landmarks like Creekside Park, Thornton Park, Vancouver Central Station, Rogers Arena, Costco Wholesale, T & T Supermarket, Edgewater Casino and Olympic Village.

China Town is within walking distance and it offers an eclectic group of stores and restaurants and features an annual summer night market.

The water taxi at the Village Ferry Dock provides service across False Creek to Granville Island, where residents can eat at restaurants, watch a performance, or shop for fresh groceries. The Dunsmuir Viaduct is located a few blocks north of the residence, and provides quick access into the downtown center.[2]

Construction

The slender tower of Citygate I set upon a wider base

Citygate I is the first of a three story development by the well-known developers in Vancouver, Bosa Properties Inc., which was completed in 1992. This 30 story concrete structure offers 173 residences and features a glass and brick exterior; the building was designed by Perkins & Company Architects who paired with Urban Design Inc. on the design of the interiors.

The tower stands tall at 308 feet, and offers a postmodern architectural style. Perkins & Company is an award winning architect firm with an established reputation of excellence in design, with a particular focus on cost effective solutions with environmental, contextual and aesthetic reasoning in mind.

Citygate I has a six story base that is wider than the remainder of the tower and features a red brick exterior façade. Many large windows, and columns of square picture windows, are symmetrically placed along the base. There are also some corner, inset balconies and terraces at the top of the base.

The step-up entrance to the building features a curved detail above the double doors and surrounding glass, and is detailed with light blue trimmings. The concave design feature of the front exposure of Citygate I is continued throughout the base up to the roof-line.

In the tower portion of the building, this mid-concave design is clad with glass and flanked on either side by two columns of wide, protruding balconies with metal and glass railings. The concave design features alternate at the sides of the building, with larger concave surfaces above the base, topped with off-set balconies.

The roof-line of the building, although not quite visible from the street due to the building's height, is very intrinsically detailed and asymmetrical in form. Many set backs at the building's roof-line provides for a tapered appearance, and the top of the building itself features a rounded, half-moon shape. Peaks, octagonal, and rounded shapes are among many that can be seen at the building's detailed roof-line.

The ten acre site where the Citygate development resides was once home to a concrete plant, especially the northern part, during the 1980s. The southern portion of the site was utilized as an industrial area until the mid 1980s, when it was acquired as part of Expo 86.[3]


Layout and Features

Many different sizes and layouts are offered at Citygate 1, ranging from studios to four bedrooms, and housing both singles and small families.

Open floor plans with spacious bedrooms are common throughout the building. Each of the residences features large windows, many of which span from floor to ceiling, to allow for maximum exposures of the surrounding False Creek, Science World, and city landscape views, as well as ample amounts of natural light.

Many of the homes also feature large private balconies or even larger private outdoor terraces. Wrap-around corner windows are also scattered throughout the building residences, some of which are featured in the master bedrooms, providing wonderful morning light.

Kitchens are wide galley-style with custom wood or lacquered cabinetry, thick granite counter tops with under mount sinks, glass back splashes, recessed lighting, breakfast eating bars and high end appliances. Many of the kitchens have been updated with stainless steel appliances and some with gas cook tops.

Bathrooms feature thick marble vanity counters with under mount sinks, and bathtub/shower combinations with marble surrounds. Master en-suite bathrooms offer double sinks and soaker tubs with separate standing shower stalls.

Many of the residences have been upgraded with designer paint and light fixtures throughout, and some have updated the gas fireplace mantles with stone. Each residence features individually controlled heat and air conditioning systems, as well as insuite washers and dryers.[4]

Floor Plans

There are no interior floor plans available. Here is a complete floor layout.

Amenities

Amenities offered at Citygate I include:

  • Concierge
  • Indoor Pool
  • Fitness Center
  • Sauna
  • Steam Room
  • Library
  • Pool Table
  • Playground
  • Underground Parking

Bylaws

Citygate I Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets No
Age No
Barbecues Yes



  • 40 rental units are allowed in the building
  • No cats or dogs are allowed
  • There are no age restrictions

Sustainability

Interiors at Citygate I feature the following eco-friendly features:

  • Energy Star rated appliances
  • Energy-efficient lighting
  • In-suite, water conscious laundry
  • Double-pane, energy-efficient windows
  • Sustainable hardwood and stone materials
  • Individual climate control

Citygate I was built with durable and sustainable concrete and brick materials, which are long-lasting and require little maintenance during the building's lifetime.

The building also features many amenities, which encourages the residents to stay at home and refrain from daily vehicle commuting. Being so nearby many outdoor attractions, shopping, and restaurants, as well as the SkyTrain and water taxi, residents at Citygate I can easily lead an eco-friendly lifestyle. Car share programs like Car2Go provide an alternative to high-consumption vehicle commuting.

Trivia

Switzerland's Pavilion at Expo '86

Situated at the southern portion of the site of Citygate before the development was constructed was Expo 86. The 1986 World Exposition on Transportation and Communication, simply and commonly known as Expo '86, was a World's Fair held in Vancouver from May of 1986 to October of the same year. The theme of the fair was "Transporation and Communication: World in Motion - World in Touch. This was the second of Canada's World Fairs, the first being Expo 67 which was hosted in Montreal. Expo '86 still remains as the most recent World's Fair to be held in all of North America.

Opened by Charles, Prince of Wales, Diana, Princess of Wales, and Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, Expo '86 featured pavilions from 54 nations and many corporations, and each of the Expo's participants were given the opportunity to design their own pavilions. Each pavilion was two-and-a-half stories high and encompasses a third of a city block, and a number of pavilions were placed together in a variety of shapes.

Some of the notable pavilions at Expo '86 were:

  • Great Hall of Ramses II from Egypt, which featured rare treasures from the life of the pharaoh
  • Great Norwegian Explorers from Norway
  • Pavilion of Promise (Christian pavilion)
  • Roundhouse, a renovated 100-year-old railway roundhouse, still located in Yaletown, Vancouver
  • Expo Centre, now Science World[5]


References

  1. 671 7000
  2. Walk Score
  3. Emporis
  4. MLXchange
  5. Wikipedia


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