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1252 Hornby Street, Vancouver, BC


A shot of Pure in Vancouver
Building Information
Developer Bogner Developments
Architect Gomberoff Bell Lyon Architects
Number of Units 75
Number of Floors 15
Year Built 2008
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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1252 Hornby Street, Vancouver, BC
Distance to Public Transit Bus/SkyTrain accessible
Region Vancouver
Municipality Vancouver
Zoning DD
Title of Land Strata



Pure's main entrance

Oftentimes, characteristics of a certain building can be found in the structure's name. For instance, a building with the word 'Beach' in it evokes images of a beachfront property by the water, with views of the surf and sand - or, at the very least, access to beaches with such views. In the case of Pure, the name may very well refer to the clean, simple design that the building possesses, as well as the relatively simpler living experience on offer.

Built in 2008, Pure is a 15 floor high rise structure with 75 units available for both sale and rent.[1] It was developed by Bogner Developments, a firm specializing in upscale homes, and was the design brainchild of Gomberoff Bell Lyon Architects, and the firm is largely responsible for the unique exterior aesthetic the building carries.

Its location on Hornby Street places it close to many of Vancouver's most vibrant areas, such as the Downtown Core and Yaletown, with other ares like Kitsilano and Granville Island being easily reachable via a quick trip over a bridge. It should be noted that Pure does offer a smaller selection of amenities than many other buildings in the area, though again that may very well tie in with its name; it is meant to be a home first and foremost, a task it accomplishes with some aplomb.


Hornby Street in Vancouver

Located on Hornby Street in Vancouver, Pure finds itself close to many of the city's more famous spots. For instance, Granville Island and Kitsilano are both easy to reach (simply drive over a bridge) and both contain some the more eclectic and cultural activities that the city has to offer. Should the residents want a more conventional day with shopping and eating, Downtown Vancouver may be more their speed; the neighbourhood is very much the centre of the city in many ways, and as such the area is packed to the brim with businesses. An excellent selection of upscale retailers call the Downtown area home, as do many of the city's finest restaurants, all serving different kinds of cuisine from around the world.

Prospective residents of Pure will be happy to know that daily errands are not a particularly difficult task when ones lives at Pure; there are many stores and services near the front doors, so one does not need to own a car to purchase groceries or stop for a quick bite to eat. In fact, ownership of a car is not exactly necessary at all, given Vancouver's phenomenal transit system. Not only are there 46 bus stop options near Pure, but the city's light rail system, the SkyTrain, has three stations nearby, meaning that most of the Lower Mainland is accessible without needing a vehicle.[2]


An example of a living room

Like many of the other buildings in the neighborhood, Pure is a building made primarily from concrete and equipped with a full rain screen for Vancouver's wet weather. Designed by Gomberoff Bell Lyon Architects, Pure's appearance immediately draws the eye's attention with its light coloured exterior and minimalist detailing. The large windows that populate Pure's facade do a lot to enhance its already striking appearance, and they also give the residents some very generous views of Vancouver. Of note are the many decks, terraces, and patios that are present, which not only further improve the aesthetic appeal but also serve to let residents experience a little bit of the outdoors in their own home.

Layout and Features

Pure's 75 units come in three configurations; studio apartments, one bedroom units, and two bedroom units. For a size comparison, an example of a typical studio measured in at 604 square feet, whereas a one bedroom example was slightly larger at 674 and a two bedroom residence measured in at just over 900 square feet.

In terms of equipment, Pure's units come with luxuries such as stainless steel appliances, stone counter tops, high ceilings, European style cabinetry, porcelain bathroom tiles and over sized windows.[3]

Floor Plans

A full selection of Pure's floor plans are available at the linked website:[4]


Some of Pure's amenities include:

  • Bike storage
  • Secured parking
  • Landscaped garden terrace
  • In-suite laundry
  • Fitness centre


Pure Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No

  • Rentals are permitted
  • Pure is pet-friendly
  • There is no age restriction in place


As is the increasing trend these days, green living was indeed addressed during Pure's construction. For example, Pure's windows are double glazed and designed for both energy efficiency and sound/weather insulation, so not only do they reduce energy drain and the electric bill, but any loud noises coming through will be lessened in intensity, meaning that even noise pollution is reduced.

Another sustainability measure is the individually controlled room heating - while this may not appear to be green on first glance, the fact that all the rooms are independent means that only the ones that need to be kept warm are the ones that are set to be kept warm, thus reducing the energy needed to heat an entire apartment to the energy needed to heat one or two rooms.


  • The interior colour schemes of Pure come courtesy of Portico Design Group
  • Leon Bogner founded Bogner Developments in 1970, and their philosophy is to focus on building a few developments at a time, carefully managing every step of the process[5]
  • Their first condominium was built in 1985 and since then they have built over 2500 multi-family properties in Vancouver and Alberta
  • Gomberoff Bell Lyon Architects have many other buildings in their portfolio, including buildings in the Olympic Village


  1. BC Condos - Pure
  2. Walk Score
  3. 6717000 - Pure
  4. Anette Thomas - Pure
  5. Bogner Developments - About

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