Symphony Place

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Vita at 565 Smithe Street, Vancouver, BC

Dolce at 535 Smithe Street, Vancouver BC

Symphony Place
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Dolce and Vita buildings, the two towers that make up Symphony Place
Building Information
Developer Solterra Group of Companies
Architect Merrick Architects
Management Company FirstService
Number of Units 146 & 198
Number of Floors 29 & 31
Year Built 2009 & 2010
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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Vita at 565 Smithe Street, Vancouver, BC
Distance to Public Transit Nearly 50 options nearby
Region Vancouver
Municipality Vancouver
Zoning CD-1
Title of Land Strata



Contents

Background

Porte Cochere entrance between Dolce and Vita


Vita is the first tower built at Symphony Place on the corner of Smithe Street and Seymour Street, across the street from Vancouver's well know Orpheum Theatre. The second tower built is Dolce and put together, Dolce Vita means "the sweet life". Merrick Architects and the Solterra Group of Companies developers truly have created the sweet life for residents in Symphony.


Between the two towers is a "porte cochere" extending from the entrance to shelter those arriving by vehicle like one would in a hotel. Porte Cochere is described as being "a carriage entrance passing through a building to an enclosed courtyard".[1]


The name Symphony Place is likely inspired by the Symphony Orchestra whose home base is across the street in the renovated and restored Orpheum Theatre.


Location

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
Symphony Place has been described as being "at the gateway to the cultural centre of Vancouver".


It is located directly across the street from the famed Orpheum Theatre. The Orpheum opened its doors as a vaudeville house in 1929 with 3000 seats, the largest venue of its kind in Canada. The City of Vancouver purchased the building for $7.1 Million and completely restored it between 1975 and 1977 when it became home to the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.[2]


Within blocks is the Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver Public Library, Pacific Cinematheque, International Film Festival, Robson Square, Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Queen Elizabeth Playhouse, Centre in Vancouver for the Performing Arts and Rogers Arena.


Within walking distance from Vita is also Yaletown, Chinatown, West End, False Creek and the Seawall, Gastown, Coal Harbour and any form of shopping, entertainment or business activities.


Construction

Solterra began construction of the concrete high rise on Smithe Street in the Fall of 2006. To set this tower apart from others in downtown Vancouver, Solterra focused on fine finishes and provided features like the porte chochere and the 36 metre glass feature wall facing Seymour Street, artist designed glass sliding doors and Kohler shower tiles.


Soon after completion of Vita in 2009, Dolce, the second tower built in Symphony Place was completed in 2010.


Extra parking was designed into the project to accomodate visitors, the business tenants, hotel and Orpheum next door. There are 682 parking spaces combined under Dolce and Vita. [3]


Acoustical walls between suites were built to STC 55 requirements in Vita providing residents with privacy not often found in a downtown address. Dolce was built to even higher standards with STC 65 requirements.


Layout and Features

Shower tiles

A 120 foot feature wall of coloured glass called Cadenza faces Seymour Street. Cadenza is a musical term and is another example of the artistic influence in this building of the areas arts and culture.

In Vita: There are 29 floors and 146 units that range in size from a 503 square foot one bedroom unit, to a 1,820 square foot penthouse home. The penthouse suites have built in outdoor barbecue, kitchen and seating areas, views and landscaping.

An example of one of the upscale features in the homes is the use of Kohler shower tiles, one of the first projects to provide this.[4]

The ground floor in this building is commercial retail, with micro office space and hotel suites on the next few levels. Amenities are on the fifth floor and include indoor and outdoor play areas, hot tub and gardens as well as indoor yoga space, gym, spin cycles, and meeting room.


In Dolce: There are 31 floors and 198 homes in Dolce including five spacious two level townhouses. They are specially zoned for live/work allowing residents to combine their business and living quarters all in one central and vibrant location.

There are 21, one bedroom lofts designed with ceiling heights ranging from 9'4" to 12'6" and including balconies. Dolce has its own set of amenities equal to those in Vita with some design differences.

There are four and five levels of parking for residents and visitors and there is a storage unit for every suite.[5]

Floor Plans

Floor plans range in size from 500 to 1800 square feet.

Amenities

Most of the amenities in Vita are located on the fifth floor and include indoor and outdoor areas with landscaping and gardens.

Bylaws

Symphony Place Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No
Barbecues Yes


  • Pets are allowed
  • Rentals are allowed
  • Gas barbecues are allowed and there are no age restrictions

Sustainability

Symphony Place uses energy efficient window systems with Low E and Argon gas that allow for cooling in the summer, warmth in the winter and helps prevent ultra violet fading.

Although not LEED certified, LEED-certified compatible paints, sealants and adhesives have been used resulting in a healthier indoor environment.[6]

Everything is within walking distance including world class entertainment and cultural venues.[7]

Trivia

Neon sign
  • Inspiration for several features in Symphony Place have come from the Orpheum Theatre across the street. The Orpheum has a long and rich story. Open in 1927, it has seen many renovations and a major restoration starting in 1975 that took two years to complete. The Orpheum has since benefitted from development density bonuses.
    • One such bonus gave the Capitol Residences extra height in exchange for a major expansion which added a much needed back stage area. Vita built more parking than was needed for the residences in order to accommodate the various venues close by including its neighbour the Orpheum.


  • The Orpheum's neon sign was donated by Jim Pattison in the 1970s.[8]


References

  1. Symphony web site
  2. Wikipedia-Orpheum
  3. Symphony web site
  4. Symphony web site
  5. Parm Pooni web site
  6. Parm Pooni Real Estate
  7. Walkscore
  8. Wikipedia-Orpheum


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