161 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC
A shot of Cosmo in Vancouver
|Architect||James K.M. Cheng Architects|
|Number of Units||253|
|Number of Floors||27|
|Type of Roof||IRMA|
|161 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC|
|Distance to Public Transit||Less than one block|
|Title of Land||Freehold Strata|
Cosmo, located at 161 West Georgia in Vancouver British Columbia, is a postmodern twenty seven story high rise building with 253 units. Developed by Concord Pacific, the building was completed in 2012 and features studios, one, two bedroom plus den homes and townhouses ranging from 455 to 1,139 square foot. Designed by award-winning architect James Cheng, who also designed the Shangri-La, the building reflects contemporary West Coast architecture.
Its interior was designed by Portico Design Group, a firm that provides full interior residential and commercial design services for clients in Canada and the United States. The Cosmo Lobby furniture and furnishings are by Armani Casa home furnishings by Italian fashion designer Giorgio Armani.
The Cosmo has many luxurious amenities for its residents. The most important one being the Club Cosmo which includes a rooftop deck with a hot tub and fire pit, entertainment lounge, two-lane bowling alley, and gym. The residents also have access to the spectrum amenities which include an indoor pool. There is a high security level in the building with a secured underground parkade, an encoded key entry fob that also signals elevators to go to a specific floor, a video controlled interphone as well as a built in security service in every suite.
The Cosmo is situated at the junction of Yaletown, Downtown and Gastown at the corner of Georgia and Beatty and is steps away from Costco. It is a few minutes from the business district and is just minutes away from BC Place, GM Place and the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.
The Cosmo is located in the Crosstown neighborhod of Vancouver. right in the heart of the entertainment and sports districts. It is just two blocks from the famous Robson Street and at walking distance to the Vancouver Public library and the General Motors's Place is right across the street. The area was named crosstown due to it's location, right at the junction of Yaletown, Gastown, Downtown, False Creek, Chinatown and the Central Business District .
Crosstown's borders are Pender street to the North, Expo Boulevard to the South, Main street to the East and Beatty Street to the West. At its heart is the The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Chinese Garden that opened on April 24th, 1986. This garden was designed by Architect Joe Wai and was built by artisans from China employing traditional techniques.
This was the first classical full size Chinese garden built outside of China. Following tradition, the garden showcases the four common elements bringing to life the Ying and the Yang. Materials used are: weathered Rocks, jade green water, and Chinese mystical plants. Dr. Sun Yat-Sen became the President of China after the 1911 revolution which ended the Imperial Dynasty. He visited Vancouver three times, in 1897, 1910 & 1911.
The Cosmo construction was finalized in 2012. It is a 23 storey building with a concrete foundation and exterior finish. Concrete was widely used by the Roman Empire to build many of the vestiges left today. The Colosseum and the Pantheon were mostly made out of concrete. After the fall of the Roman empire, the use of concrete diminished and slowly reappeared in the mid 18th century. Concrete is made out of a combination of aggregate and cement binder.
From what we know today, the first form of cement was from around fifteen million years ago and occurred when a natural deposit formed after an oil shale ignited right next to a bed of limestone. Over time, man used it as a building material by adding fillers and compressing the materials together in a pressurized mold creating the construction material we know of today.
The interior of each unit features engineered hardwood flooring throughout, kitchens with stainless steel, quartz stone counter tops and back splash  with high gloss lacquered cabinets. Additionally each unit comes with under-mount sinks “glass” in the en-suite with a frame-less, walk-in shower boasting an adjustable rain head. In the lobby, walls are clad in lacquered panels, a fireplace is framed by a full-height surround of marble and metal and more marble are underfoot.
The building has a rain-screen which is the exterior weather-facing surface of an exterior wall detail that stands off from the moisture resistant surface of the structural backup wall.
Layout and Features
- Balconies with porcelain tile flooring
- Hardwood flooring
- Wool carpeting on stairs
- Roller shade window coverings
- Stackable front load washer and dryer
- Custom Vanity with soft close cabinets
- Quartz counter top
- Porcelain tile feature wall, tub and shower surround
- Frameless glass shower with rain shower head
- Arced shower rod
- Dual flush toilet
- Under cabinet lighting
- Stainless steel appliance package
- Nine foot ceilings
- Gourmet kitchens
- High gloss lacquer cabinetry
- Stainless steel integrated Miele appliances (fridge, dishwasher, oven, hood fan)
- Views of downtown, mountain and water 
The Cosmo has 253 apartments including townhouses. The appartment sizes go as follow:
- Studios: 455 square feet
- One bedroom: 531 square feet - 601 square feet
- One bedroom with den: 607 square feet - 796 square feet
- Two bedrooms with den: 790 square feet - 939 square feet 
The many amenities at the Cosmo include:
- Concierge present 12 hours per day
- Pool at the Spectrum Complex
- Rooftop Patio with Barbecue
- Media room
- Hot tub
- Fire pit
- Two-lane bowling alley
- The Cosmo allows up to two pets per suite
- Rentals are allowed
- There is no age restrictions
- Barbecues are allowed
The Cosmo is made out of concrete which is one of the most sustainable construction materials. It is comprised of natural components, the most prominent one being limestone. Limestone is among the most abundant minerals in the world. Concrete is durable and contrary to buildings made out of steel or wood frame, it will not rust, rot, or burn therefore its life span can be double those of other common building materials.
Buildings made out of concrete help with noise control, energy efficiency because its inherent thermal mass or ability to absorb and retain heat. This means Cosmo residents can lower the cost for their heating and/or cooling. Concrete also has the ability to retain storm water and when used for driveways, sidewalks, parking lots, and other pavements.
Concrete can be produced in the quantities needed for each project, reducing waste. After a concrete structure has served its original purpose, the concrete can be crushed and recycled into aggregate for use in new concrete pavements or as back-fill or road base.
According to an article from August 12th 2011 in The Record, There are many green advantages in using the concrete technology in construction: "There are several advantages to this technology. Properly erected, such domiciles are fire resistant, wind resistant, well-insulated, and even bullet-proof. They also qualify as “green” because the total energy expenditure to complete construction can amount to less than that required for wood-frame construction."
- The Queen Elizabeth Theatre was the first project by the Montreal-based architectural partnership Affleck, Desbarats, Dimakopoulos, Lebensold, Sise and was originally the home for the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. With the VSO move to the Orpheum, it became stage to the Vancouver Opera and Ballet BC and also hosts other musical events year-round.
- The original China gate was donated to Vancouver for the Peoples Republic of China and represents the historical ties between China and Chinatown's residents. After it was completed after Expo ’86, the China Gate was moved from the China Pavilion to its current location in front of the Chinese Cultural Centre on Pender Street. It was restored in 2005 with the help of Vancouver's sister-city in China, Guangzhou. 
- The first event to ever be hosted at the Rober's Arena, formerly GM Place, was a Bryan Adams' concert. Bryan Guy Adams is a Canadian rock singer-songwriter, musician, producer, actor and photographer. 
- Ancient additives to concrete included volcanic ash that allowed it to set underwater, horse hair that made it less liable to crack while it hardened, and blood that was believed to make it more frost-resistant. 
- Cosmos Official Website
- Georgia Straight
- Counter top on Wikipedia
- BC Condos
- Floor Plans
- Concrete on The Record
- Queen Elizabeth Theatre on Wikipedia
- The China Gate on About
- Roger's Arena on Wikipedia
- Brief history of concrete
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