Wall Centre

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1050 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC

Wall Centre
Vancouver Wall Centre.jpg

One Wall Centre in the foreground with 1050 Burrard (condo units) pictured in the background to the left
Building Information
Developer Wall Financial Corporation
Architect Hamilton Doyle Architects
Management Company Crosby Property Management
Number of Units 220
Number of Floors 30
Year Built 1993
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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1050 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC
Distance to Public Transit Bus stops nearby, SkyTrain accessible
Region Vancouver
Municipality Vancouver
Zoning CD-1 (386)
Title of Land Strata


Contents

Background

Wall Centre's main entrance


Mere steps away from everything that Downtown Vancouver has to offer, Wall Centre stands as a proud representation of the kind of luxury living that people have come to expect from the neighbourhood. Its construction having commenced in 1993 and finished in 1995, Wall Centre is actually one building of a three structure complex; its other two siblings are the Sheraton Wall Centre South Tower and One Wall Centre, with the former being an office building and the latter containing one of the finest hotels in the city. All three buildings were developed by the Wall Financial Corporation, a real estate investment company headed by Peter Wall.

Wall Centre is undoubtedly one of the most attractive buildings in the city, standing 30 stories tall and wrapped top to bottom in dark reflective glass, accented with just a touch of metal. There are a number of offices within the tower as well, but the bulk of the space is dedicated to its 220 residential units, available for both sale and rent. Residents have a more generous selection of amenities than normal, as not only does Wall Centre offer their own, the amenities of the nearby Wall Centre Garden Hotel are also available to use as well.[1]

With an prime location in the heart of Vancouver's trendiest district, an excellent selection of amenities, and a living experience that ranks among the best the city has to offer, Wall Centre is undoubtedly deserving of its reputation, and serves as a good example of the kind of home one can get in Downtown Vancouver.


Location

A night-time shot of Burrard Street

Standing on Burrard Street, Wall Centre and its sibling buildings find themselves in the heart of the Downtown core, and as a result residents of Wall Centre need not go far to find anything they might need. Indeed, Downtown Vancouver plays many roles in the grand scheme of things, acting as a financial centre, entertainment mecca, shopping paradise, and a cultural monument all at once.[2] Eager shoppers can spend to their heart's content near Burrard, with a wealth of shops and boutiques nearby, many located within the nearby Pacific Centre shopping mall. There are of course many types of restaurants around the neighbourhood, aiming at a variety of price points and differing cuisines. For those who enjoy the nightlife, Downtown has a large number of bars, lounges, and dance clubs to choose from, all with their own unique vibe.

Another benefit to living in Downtown Vancouver is the easy access to public transit; not only are there are a whopping 47 bus stops located near Wall Centre alone, there are also two SkyTrain stations nearby, both less than a kilometre away. Additionally, many shops and services are located within walking distance of Wall Centre, meaning that daily errands can easily be done without the use of a vehicle. Avid cyclists will be glad to know that the terrain is flat and easy to traverse, and that there are a good number of bike lanes available.[3]

Construction

While Wall Centre is, at its heart, a traditionally constructed tower, that does not mean that it is staid or dated. Indeed, designed by Hamilton Doyle Architects, Wall Centre is easily one of the most distinctive buildings in the neighbourhood, perhaps only matched by its nearby siblings, all structures which possess similar design characteristics.

A fairly typical concrete structure underneath it all, Hamilton Doyle Architects made the decision to finish the exterior in almost all glass, without the use of brick or concrete as contrasting accents. The end result was that the tower appears to be almost crystalline in nature, wrapped as it is in reflective glass panels; during good days, with little to no cloud cover to be found, the building almost seems to morph from angle to angle, the constantly shifting light and the heavy use of glass combining to form a near ethereal shimmer on Wall Centre's exterior as it effortlessly blends with the sky. Something to note, however is that the floor to ceiling windows, while large, are also polarized and cannot be opened. While the views are still quite spectacular and the panes look fantastic from the outside, the automatic darkening of the glass panels may be an annoyance to some.

The windows at the top of the tower were originally clear; permission was granted in 2013 to replace them with the darker windows used on the lower portion as the clear panes were having adverse effects on the building's temperature regulation systems. In the process, this eliminated the two-tone look that Wall Centre had started out with in 1993. Peter Wall had wanted to sheathe Wall Centre in all dark glass during the building's construction, but the city planners at the time did not approve of his idea.[4] Some other notable points are the 11 metre tall light tubes at the top of Wall Centre, illuminated by a single metal halide bulb that was developed using technology originally designed at the University of British Columbia.[5]

The neighbouring building to the West, 1088 Burrard, which contains primarily hotel suites and amenities, has a water ballast tank on the roof to counterbalance the effect of earthquakes.

Layout and Features

A shot of a kitchen

Wall Centre's 220 units are offered in studio apartments, one bedroom residences, and two bedroom residences, with the number of bathrooms depending on the unit. The units offer an average amount of space for a condominium in Downtown, with some studios measuring in at around 400 square feet and larger two bedroom units measuring in at around 1100 square feet.

As expected from a luxury building, the units come well equipped, with some standard features including nine foot ceilings, floor to ceiling windows, stainless steel appliances, designer kitchens, and gas fireplaces. Other notable features include balconies and in-suite laundry.[6] The Wall Centre is entirely air-conditioned throughout, a luxury still considered a rarity in Vancouver.

Floor Plans

Unfortunately, there are currently no free floor plans available for Wall Centre at this time. In lieu of floor plans, however, prospective residents can use video footage instead, as the linked clip highlights many unit features and serves as an adequate showcase for Wall Centre's residences.

[7] - View video from "References Section" at the bottom of this page.

Amenities

Some amenities that Wall Centre offers include:

  • Fitness centre
  • Swimming pool
  • Concierge
  • On-call chauffeur
  • Landscaped green-space
  • Whirlpool/Sauna


Bylaws

Wall Centre Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No
Barbecues Yes


  • Rentals are permitted
  • Wall Centre is pet-friendly
  • There is no age restriction in place
  • Barbecues are allowed


Sustainability

Commissioned to be built in the early 1990's, it may not come as a surprise that Wall Centre's construction had little attention paid to sustainability measures. Thus, it falls to residents to reduce damage to the environment on their own.

One way would be to utilize Vancouver's excellent transit system whenever one can; both the SkyTrain and bus lines are eco-friendly, and heavily cut down on the amount of damage done to the atmosphere. Other green ideas include carefully monitoring and managing daily electricity and water use, and to participate in Vancouver's recycling programs.

Trivia

  • The second of its 'family' to be completed; Sheraton Wall Centre South Tower was completed in 1994, and One Wall Centre was completed in 2001
  • Its sibling, One Wall Centre, was the tallest building in Vancouver at the time of its construction
  • Wall Centre stands 95 metres/312 feet in height[8]
  • The attached hotel is the largest hotel in Vancouver, with 733 available rooms
  • A selection of businesses that call Wall Centre home include Vida Spa, Bar One, and Wall Centre Dental
  • Wall Centre was used as a filming location for the short movie 33rd Floor in 2008[9]
  • It was the scene of a criminal investigation in early 2012, as gangster Sandip Duhre was gunned down in a restaurant inside the tower[10]

References

  1. Wall Centre on 6717000.com
  2. Downtown Vancouver on Wikipedia
  3. Walk Score
  4. Globe and Mail
  5. Timeout - Wall Centre
  6. Wall Centre on bccondos.net
  7. Wall Centre on Youtube
  8. Wall Centre on pnwarchitecture.com
  9. IMDB page for 33rd Floor
  10. CBC - Gangster shot dead at Wall Centre


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