Three Harbour Green

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277 Thurlow Street, Vancouver, BC

Three Harbour Green
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The sea green glass facade popular in Vancouver
Building Information
Developer Aspac Developments Ltd.
Architect IBI/HB Architects
Management Company MacDonald Commercial Real Estate Services Ltd.
Number of Units 81
Number of Floors 32
Year Built 2012
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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277 Thurlow Street, Vancouver, BC
Distance to Public Transit Less than one block
Region Vancouver
Municipality Vancouver
Zoning CD-1
Title of Land Freehold Strata


Contents

Background

Three Harbour Green completes the trilogy of structures that comprise Harbour Green Place. Along with One Harbour Green, completed in 2006, and Two Harbour Green, finished in 2008, this trio stands tall on the northern shore of downtown Vancouver overlooking what may be arguably, one of the finest views in the world. Views facing the Burrard Inlet, a long arm of the Pacific Ocean reaching inland, encompass the mountains of North and West Vancouver.

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The buildings are situated on an eight acre plot of land that features green space to the water's edge. Three Harbour Green rises 32 floors and is comprised of 81 condominium units and 8 townhouses. It is the last of the residential structures to be built on this Coal Harbour location.

The waterfront land for this project had lain dormant for some time while lengthy negotiations were held between the developer and the Canadian Pacific Railway property division. When the sale completed, Aspac Developments commenced the three phase development of the Harbour Green Place complex.[1]

Location

Three Harbour Green is situated mid way between Vancouver's iconic Stanley Park and Canada Place where cruise ships moor between trips to Alaska. A short walk past the Coal Harbour Marina brings an explorer to perhaps one of the most famous urban parks in the world, Stanley Park. In existence since 1888, the park was named for "Lord Stanley of Preston", the sixth Governor-General of Canada.

2010 Winter Olympics Cauldron
Walking in the other direction towards the central business core of Vancouver, a traveler will pass the 2010 Winter Olympics Cauldron, a four armed glass and steel cauldron that was lit as a symbol of the Olympic Games.[2]

The central location of Three Harbour Green offers residents easy access to a large number fine dining choices. Numerous bistros, cafes and lounges are in the immediate area. The downtown area contains many schools, both public and private. International schools of language are plentiful and many of Vancouver's universities have campus representations in the downtown area. There is easy access to public transit offering more than 50 bus and rail options nearby.[3]

Construction

Three Harbour Green's green granite and glass clad exterior makes this a striking addition to Vancouver's skyline. The construction technique employed by IBI/HB Architects, has been categorized as Vancouverism, which, perhaps unsurprisingly, got it's start in Vancouver.

This style of architecture generally consists of a mixed use development which includes a commercial and retail medium height base and a tall slender residential portion designed to maximize views and still accommodate higher density living.

Architectural outcroppings are part of the design
The side facing the Convention Centre has a sea-green glass curtain to reflect the nearby downtown structures. The side facing Stanley Park has a more articulated and boxy design intended to portray a series of boxes attached to the building.

The number of suites per floor has been limited to no more than three providing privacy for the residents with views in many directions. Some of the ceilings in Three Harbour Green extend to ten feet and natural light is maximized with the floor to ceiling windows. Superior materials and fixtures were installed in the apartments securing its five star status.

The lobby with its 20 foot ceiling is described as lavish and the building features private enclosed parking for two to three vehicles per apartment.[4]

Layout and Features

Residents arriving home at Three Harbour Green are greeted by the expanse of the 20 foot ceiling of the lobby. Polished stone and marble finish the walls and there are bubbling fountains in small pools with seating nearby.

The fitness facility features cardio-vascular exercise equipment, a private yoga room, indoor pool, a resort style spa, and a virtual golf centre. Golfers can play computer generated replicas of all the famous golf courses in the world.

The townhouses include large patio spaces and some of the suites have built in gas fireplaces.[5]

Floor Plans

Numerous floor plans are available for Three Harbour Green. Here are some options:

In addition to apartment layouts, there is a plan for one of the townhouses in the complex. Also shown, are floor plans for the fitness facility, plus the entertainment and games area. The full ground floor map shows meeting rooms and mechanical areas.

Amenities

Three Harbour Green features many high end amenities in keeping with the luxury class of its overall design. The stately porte-cochère, or main entrance portico, opens into the lobby of polished stone with both indoor and outdoor water features.

In addition to the fitness facilities and spa, there are meeting rooms designed to be catered. Residents have the services of an around the clock concierge.

The private amenities level, the P3 level, offers the golf practice centre, a table tennis room games and billiards, a squash court, and a screening room.

Suites are equipped with Miele stainless steel appliances and Venus Kitchen Systems with curved stainless steel counter tops designed to invoke commentary.

Bylaws

Three Harbour Green Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Age No
Barbecues Yes



  • Rentals are permitted with references
  • No age restriction exists for ownership within Three Harbour Green
  • Barbecues may be used on the patios of the townhouses


Sustainability

Three Harbour Green was not specifically designed to achieve any LEED certifications. However, certain environmentally conscious methods of construction and material selections were made.

Certain sustainable technologies were incorporated such as the energy efficient and high performance window wall that utilizes low-e glazing, part of its passive solar design strategy.

High tech faucets from Switzerland and other energy conscious fixtures from Italy have been installed in the apartments. Place of entryways and careful architectural fenestration ensures to admission of natural light reducing the need for electrical lighting, at least during daylight hours.

Energy efficient appliances and systems are installed and many of spacious suites are finished with wool carpets and hardwood floors.[6]


Trivia

Vancouver residents are environmentally conscious


  • Frederick Arthur Stanley became as Lord Stanley of Preston in 1886 and was appointed by Queen Victoria to serve as the sixth Governor-General of Canada from 1888 to 1893. During his term, Stanley traveled widely across Canada visiting western Canada in 1889. It was during this visit that he dedicated Stanley Park, his namesake. He was also an avid sportsman building the Stanley House Stables, and is most famous for presenting the Stanley Cup, the championship trophy awarded annually at the conclusion of the National Hockey League finals.
  • Unusual statuary in a nearby park
    Citizens in Vancouver and indeed, up and down the entire west coast of North America, are very environmentally conscious. This awareness of ecological matters extends from demonstrations protecting 'old growth forests', to habitat concerns and sustainability. Notable artists include this awareness in artistic endeavours.
  • Citizens of Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia's capital, benefit from a regularly scheduled and frequent helicopter commuter service beside Canada Place. The company, Helijet, uses Sikorsky S76 helicopters and the journey only takes 35 minutes. Vehicular traffic using the roads and ferry system may take in excess of 5 hours for the same journey.[7]

References

  1. Three Harbour Green
  2. Wikipedia - Olympic Flame
  3. Walk Score
  4. Harbour Green Place - Official website
  5. BC Condos - 277 Thurlow Street
  6. Design Quarterly - "World Class Luxury"
  7. Helijet


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