Citygate III

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1128 Quebec Street, Vancouver, BC

Citygate III
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Exterior of Citygate III
Building Information
Developer Bosa Properties Inc.
Architect Perkins & Company Architecture
Management Company Wynford Group
Number of Units 147
Number of Floors 27
Year Built 1994
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof Tar & Gravel
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1128 Quebec Street, Vancouver, BC
Distance to Public Transit Within one block
Region Vancouver
Municipality Vancouver
Zoning CD-1
Title of Land Strata


Contents

Background

Exterior of Citygate III

The third of a three-tower development called Citygate, Citygate III is part of a community that is home to 2,800 residents in the Mount Pleasant East neighborhood of Vancouver. The Mount Pleasant neighborhood of Vancouver offers two distinct sides, like many of the city's neighborhoods: east and west.

East Mount Pleasant consists of many high rise condominiums, many of which are currently being built near the False Creek shore, as well as highly trafficked, bustling streets, easy access to transportation, and many diverse restaurants and cafes. The Citygate development is situated across from the highly-visited tourist attraction of Science World, which rests at the shore of False Creek.

Overlooking Science World and False Creek, Citygate III was completed in 1994 Bosa Properties Inc., a renowned and well-reputed builder in Vancouver. The developers partnered with Perkins & Company Architecture on the design of the entire development, including Citygate III, which features convex design aspects that stand out among the skyline. Citygate III offers 147 residences over its 27 floors. It's an ideal home for both singles and small families.

The extensive, luxury amenity package offered at Citygate III includes a large, double-height lobby, community courtyard garden, indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam room, hot tub, bike room, secure underground parking and a fully-equipped fitness center.[1]



Location

On a stretch of the road that leads towards the city's stadiums and into the more central Yaletown and Downtown areas, Citygate III is found on the highly-trafficked Quebec Street at the intersection of National 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.

The nearest SkyTrain station to Citygate III is located at Main Street and Terminal Avenue, just two blocks from the building, and provides easy access to the surrounding downtown and suburban neighborhoods of Vancouver.

The central location of Citygate III is also within walking distance to landmarks such as Creekside Park where residents can enjoy the Seaside Bicycle Route, Thornton Park, Vancouver Central Station, Rogers Arena and BC Place Stadiums, Costco Wholesale Market, T & T Supermarket, Edgewater Casino and the waterside Olympic Village.

An eclectic group of shops, bars and restaurants can be found in the nearby area of China Town, which also features an annual night market and celebration parades.

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 although the city has proposed changes to create a walking overpass, it currently provides convenient access into the downtown center.[2]


Construction

Exterior of Citygate III

Resembling a crown-wearing statue, such as the Statue of Liberty, Citygate III stands vigilantly over the surrounding False Creek overlooking downtown Vancouver and its surrounding neighbors. This 27 storey, concrete building offers a modernist design with a glass and concrete exterior façade, but also exhibits the continuity of the Citygate project with its concave architectural design feature.

The upper four floors of the building exhibit a protruding half-circle at the front exposure's center and is topped with a beamed awning that resembles a crown. Topping that is another circular feature which consists of the penthouse level, but is slightly setback and barely from the street level. The center feature is flanked on either side with two columns of balconies, which are continued in two columns nearer the center of the building down the front exposure.

The building features an eight storey base which is just slightly wider and deeper than the remainder of the tower; the base offers a double-height, grand lobby and simple entrance, and each. The base is clad with an exterior red brick façade, providing a classic backdrop to the buildings surrounding greenery. The base features larger windows and inset balconies, as well as a slight, angular overhang, aiding in the prevention of water ingress.

The rear exposure of the building features squared-off circle columns at each corner, and a half-circle concave feature running down the center of the building. Nearing the top of the building, the circle feature alternates to a triangular, peaked feature, and alternates back to the circle design at last. The roofline at this exposure is irregular, featuring several setbacks on either side.[3]

Layout and Features

Floor to ceiling windows are one of the most attractive features offered in each of the many different sized layouts at Citygate III, as they allow for maximization of natural light and the surrounding views of Science World, downtown, and False Creek.

Rounded living rooms are another feature that add to the interior space, and functional layouts make the best use of square footage. Many of the homes offer recessed lighting, hardwood flooring throughout, gas fireplaces, and balconies or private terraces. Each of the residents have access to the common garden courtyard, as well as the many on-site amenities.

Some of the layouts feature hallway or foyer entrances, while some open directly to the kitchens and open living spaces. Many of the residences have been upgraded with modern finishes that include stainless steel appliances, custom wood kitchen cabinetry, marble or granite counter tops, glass or stone back splashes, and modern lighting throughout.

Wide, galley-style kitchens are common at Citygate III, as well as large, king-sized bedrooms with wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling windows for excellent morning light. Each residence has in-suite laundry, commonly updated stack-able, front-load units.[4]

Floor Plans

Here is a brief overview of the floor plans available at Citygate III.

Amenities

Amenities offered at Citygate III:

  • Exercise Centre
  • Indoor Pool
  • Recreation Center
  • Sauna/Steam Room
  • Hot Tub

Bylaws

Citygate III Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No
Barbecues Yes



  • Citygate III is a pet-friendly building
  • Rentals are allowed
  • There are no age restrictions

Sustainability

Interiors at Citygate III 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 III was built using durable and sustainable concrete and brick materials. They provide a base-top overhang which work together to create a long-lasting building and also avoids water ingress. Little maintenance is required when using these materials.

On-site amenities provided by Citygate III encourages its residents to stay at home, as opposed to traveling to find the same. Nearby public transportation and access to car share programs that utilize low-emission vehicles make a sustainable lifestyle easily attainable for the residents. There are also many nearby outdoor areas, landmarks, and daily conveniences that aid in the avoidance of daily vehicle commuting.

Trivia

The Centennial Flame at Parliament Hill

The ten acre site where the Citygate development resides has a unique history. Once home to a concrete plant during the 1980s, the southern area of the Citygate site was home to the 1986 World Exposition on Transportation and Communication, or simply Expo '86. This was the Vancouver-hosted World's Fair. This particular World's Fair, being the second one held in Canada, was themed as the "Transportation and Communication: World in Motion - World in Touch."

The proposal for this particular fair was submitted in 1979 with a proposed name of "Transpo 86." The later changed name reflected the transportation theme as a significance of Vancouver's role in connecting the different parts of Canada by railway, as well as its involvement as a major port and transportation hub. The Fair featured 54 uniquely designed pavilions that represented 54 different nations and corporations.

The first World's Fair held in Canada was in 1967, named simply Expo 67, in Montreal, Quebec. Held during the Canadian Centennial, a year long celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation, Expo 67 signified the Country's optimism and excitement on heading into its second century.

The coins of 1967 were unique with different animals on each; the cent featured a dove on its reverse side. Other changes during the Centennial year included the addition of the Centennial Flame to Parliament Hill, the Centennial Train that brought children across the country, and the declaration of the children born in 1967 as "Centennial babies."[5]


References

  1. BC Condos
  2. Walk Score
  3. Les Twarog and Sonia Pedersen
  4. Rennie Realty
  5. Wikipedia


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