933 Seymour Street, Vancouver, BC
As a bird would spot The Spot
|Developer||Pacific City Land Corporation|
|Management Company||Pacific Quorom Properties|
|Number of Units||187|
|Number of Floors||26|
|Type of Roof||IRMA|
|933 Seymour Street, Vancouver, BC|
|Distance to Public Transit||Less than one block|
|Title of Land||Freehold Strata|
The Spot is yet another interesting shape on the Vancouver skyline. This 26 floor cylindrical building with town homes at its foot, fits right in with the Vancouverism style of architecture prevalent throughout the downtown area.
Seymour Street is a somewhat busy tree-lined street with traffic flowing one way. Traffic along Seymour usually splits off from the Granville Bridge where motorists wish to connect to Georgia Street and west to ultimately, the Lions Gate Bridge and the North Shore beyond.
Despite being a popular artery of the downtown core's traffic system, traffic usually flows fairly smoothly, even during the peak times. The one-way nature of the road has advantages over two way streets in the city core in that turns onto and off contend with traffic from fewer directions.
The entertainment district along Granville Street just a block over is alluring. After the theatre, there are clubs and eclectic bars to visit, all just a short stroll away. Professional sporting teams play just a few blocks away at BC Place and the Rogers Arena. During these events, it's much better to walk than to face traffic congestion of fans from other areas of the city.
The Spot is certainly in the centre of the city, figuratively and literally. Residents of this neighbourhood get to experience the numerous cultural and annual neighbourhood events right outside its doors.
The Spot is ideally situated for those who want to live and play in the downtown area. it sits on Seymour Street between Nelson and Smithe Streets about a block and half from Robson Street, Vancouver's downtown retail mecca.
Yaletown, noted for its restaurants and clubs, is a block and half the other way. Nearly 50 public transit options are steps away, including the Canada Line SkyTrain for that 20 minute trip to the Vancouver International Airport.
Financial districts of major cities are generally fueled by designer coffees, and this neighbourhood is no different. Espressos and bubble teas seem available anywhere one turns. It may seem 'over-the-top', but the Walk Score website lists over 70 coffee places - within a half a kilometer. That's a radius of only 1700 feet.
The Spot offers smaller sized suites such as studios and one bedrooms which suggests it is attractive to singles or couples. As such, not too many public schools are in the downtown area. But there are many schools of varied disciplines. There are law schools, arts schools, beauty schools, major campus satellite offices, and even a school to learn massage. There are international language centres, martial arts dojos, and several dance studios, including good old Arthur Murray.
Pizza near the doorstep, bars and grills, Irish pub grub, pitas and falafels; the food choices go on and on. From franchise to fine dining, from poutine to Asian cuisine, it's going to be difficult to try them all.
Kasian Kennedy, the architect behind The Spot, certainly created an interesting structure.
The generally circular tower has some striking exterior features and colour schemes. The town homes and retail spaces flare out from the base of the mid-block tower section. The town homes along the foot are faced with dark gray.
The main cylindrical portion is covered with predominantly silver coloured panels with lots of large windows. There is a squared off vertical rise of a burgundy colour, seeming to grow out of the cylinder interrupting the smooth circular facade, creating a flat face on one side of the structure.
Sharp angles between the flat side of the building and the circular tower indicate the abrupt colour change from the two aspects. The overall impression is quite dramatic and is a highly unusual example of modernist architecture.
Nice features were included into the design, most notably, the common roof deck. Suites are mostly loft style allowing for a smaller foot print, yet creating a sense of space with the vertical height of the units. Windows go from floor to ceiling allowing lots of light and pretty good views of Vancouver.
Layout and Features
The studios, one and two bedroom units come with many features.
Some of the most popular features are:
- Two color schemes
- Solid-core birch veneer entry door and chrome hardware deadbolt
- Double-height living areas
- 14' double glazed windows
- Designer Kitchen
- Ebony gas stove
- Ebony dishwasher
- Ebony Refrigerator
- Two high-speed elevators
- Solid concrete and steel construction
 For a video presentation of a layout of "The Spot", please use the link in the References Section of this page.
- On-site resident manager
- Landscaped second floor deck
- Fifth floor landscaped terrace
- Residents' lounge area with fully equipped kitchen opening onto terrace
- Business Centre & Meeting Room
- Fitness Studio
- Handyman Area with Work Bench
- Bicycle storage
- Rooftop Observation Deck
- Gated Underground Parking
When The Spot was built in 1998, construction techniques were just on the cusp of changing to reflect a "green" approach to design and building.
As it stands now, this building is not categorized as a "green" or "sustainable" building.
However, its location in the centre of the city and its proximity to neighbourhood amenities suggests that day to day needs can be fulfilled without the use of a car. Any time a combustion engine is not used, benefits the environment, even slightly.
Vancouver also has a very complete recycle program that residents of the city are eager to participate in. Vancouver is striving to be the world's greenest city by 2020 and is taking positive steps towards this goal.
- The downtown Business Improvement Area of Vancouver encompasses about 90 blocks, or 5.6 square kilometers.
- The population density of this area is triple that of the rest of Vancouver, at just over 15,000 per square kilometer.
- Population of this area is generally younger with about 1.6 people per household, with the dominant language as English.
- The main types of employment in this area are sales and service, business, finance and administration, and management.
- Many changes have occurred to Seymour Street over that last 125 years. Here are some images from days gone by:
- Walk Score
- BC Condos
- BC Condos
- Les Twarog - The Spot
- YouTube video overview of The Spot - Video credit to "Video Open House"
- Downtown Vancouver
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