Espana I

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689 Abbott Street, Vancouver, BC

Espana I

Espana 1 in Vancouver
Building Information
Developer Henderson Development
Architect IBI/HB Architects
Management Company Colyvan Pacific
Number of Units 187
Number of Floors 37
Year Built 2009
Construction Method Concrete
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689 Abbott Street, Vancouver, BC
Distance to Public Transit Less than a block
Region Vancouver
Municipality Vancouver
Zoning CD-1 (265)
Title of Land Strata



Then and Now Metropole hotel on Abbott and Cordova Streets

Espana I is part one of two high-rise towers, a mid-rise building and 14 townhouses connected by a common area courtyard. It stands 96 meters high and offers views of Vancouver. Across the street from Espana I is Rogers Arena in an area which has had a colorful past.

Abbott Street is named after Henry Abbott. Abbott studied engineering at McGill and held many important positions in the eastern Canada railway systems. [1]

Four blocks down Abbott Street, is the first Metropole Hotel. Up until 1895, the directory of this building read: Hotel Metropole vacant. Today, that building still stands on the corner surrounded by very different neighbors.

Henderson Development was founded in 1990. The company supports the BC Children's Hospital, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Canuck Place Children's Hospice, the Canadian Cancer Foundation, Vancouver General Hospital and Ronald McDonald House.[2]


Rogers Arena

Espana I is located in downtown Vancouver. The fact that the downtown area is surrounded by water on three sides makes access difficult. There are four major bridges in the the area, the Lions Gate, the Burrard Bridge, Cambie Street Bridge and Granville Street Bridge.

The area is home to two major sports facilities, Rogers Arena and BC Place. The National Hockey Team (NHL), the Vancouver Canucks, play at Rogers Arena and BC Lions of the Canadian Football League (CFL) and the Major League Soccer team (MLS), the Vancouver Whitecaps also play at BC Place. [3]

Common amenities in the neighbourhood are very near, so a car is not required to conduct typical daily errands. Some convenient places within walking distance include Freshslice Pizza, Subway Cafe and T&T Supermarket. [4]


Espana I was built in 2009. It has a concrete structure supported by a concrete perimeter foundation. The exterior is concrete with a full rain screen.[5]

Concrete is an advantage for every member of the project. For the owner, it is cost effective and can be aesthetically pleasing. Due to its thermal mass, the building has a lower operation and maintenance cost. It is also is very durable and has a high operation energy efficiency.

The developer benefits form using concrete because it have long term economic benefits due to its energy efficiency, low maintenance, and overall operating costs.

By using concrete, the designer is given a lot of flexibility. There are many different colors, finishes and structural properties that concrete has that allows designers to create things that they couldn't with any other material.

Finally, using concrete is beneficial to our entire community. It is a low impact environmental material that is locally available in British Columbia.[6]

Layout and Features

The suites feature entry locks for safety and security, mirrored closet doors at the entries, electric fireplaces with a mantle, washers and dryers, balconies and solaria and some feature home offices.

The bathrooms are finished with chrome fixtures, a wall mounted cabinet and built in vanity, porcelain tile flooring, a full vanity mirror, showers with ceramic tile surrounds, bath tubs with a porcelain tile surround, and a low profile toilet.

The kitchens have European style cabinets, granite counter tops, a double stainless steel sink, chrome fixtures, an open space concept, stainless steel appliances, a garburator, and wine cooler.

Maintenance fees cover caretakers, garbage pick up, gardening, heat, hot water, management and recreation facilities. [7]

Floor Plans



Amenities include:

  • 25-metre swimming pool
  • Whirlpool
  • Fully equipped fitness center
  • Library
  • Party room
  • Card room
  • Lounge
  • Bike Room
  • Recreation Center
  • Outdoor Space


Espana I Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes

  • Pets are allowed, maximum two
  • Rentals are permitted


Vancouver encourages all of its residents to be green. There are many organizations and efforts made to help conserve our natural resources and protect our environment. But not having the time to join an organization isn't an excuse not to be green, there are many things individuals can do to contribute to the green initiatives:

  • install a dual flush conversion kit
  • plug the sink to conserve the water from dishes
  • install a low flow shower head
  • use pet friendly deicers when it snows
  • know what ingredients are in your beauty products
  • Keep the freezer 3/4 full


Rainy day in Vancouver
Vancouver Riots
  • Vancouver has a reputation for being rainy and receives 42 inches of rain per year.
  • 35% of Vancouver's population is foreign born.
  • Vancouver is the entertainment capital of North America and is second only to Los Angeles in television productions.
  • Vancouver has over 200 parks.
  • The 2011 Stanley Cup riot happened July 15th when the Boston Bruins won against the Vancouver Canucks in game seven of the Stanley Cup finals.

There had been a two block long "fan zone" set up near the arena. Two big screens were set up so that fans could watch the game. Police monitored the area checking for alcohol and all liquor stores in the area had been closed.

The riot began with bottle being thrown at the screen and jerseys were set on fire. As things escalated, cars were flipped and set on fire, punches were thrown, windows were smashed and property was stolen.

The damage to property was nearly $4.2 million. There were 101 people arrested that night, 140 injured, and one in critical condition. Four people had been stabbed, and nine policemen were injured.

About 15,000 people took time off work to volunteer to help with the clean up. The area was cleaned by 10AM the next morning.


  1. Vancouver History
  2. Henderson Development
  3. Wikipedia Downtown Vancouver]
  4. Walk Score
  5. BC Condos
  6. Cement and Concrete Institute (CNCI)
  7. BC Condos

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