Westcoast Pointe

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1331 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC

Westcoast Pointe
Westcoastpointe.jpg

A street level shot of the Westcoast Pointe in Vancouver
Building Information
Developer Grand Adex Development
Architect Bing Thom
Management Company Wynford Group
Number of Units 208
Number of Floors 33
Year Built 1997
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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1331 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC
Distance to Public Transit Less than one block
Region Vancouver
Municipality Vancouver
Zoning CD-1 (324)
Title of Land Strata



Contents

Background

The logo of Westcoast Pointe

Westcoast Pointe or as it has been affectionately referred to as The Pointe is a Coal Harbour development constructed in 1997 by Grand Adex Development. Westcoast Pointe can be considered a pioneer of sorts in that it was among the first modern condominium developments in Vancouver.

Its success would serve as a model for other developments that would grow to revitalize the community of Coal Harbour and ultimately transform the skyline of this beautiful west coast city.[1]

Westcoast Pointe is viewed by thousands on a daily basis as it is located on one of Vancouver's major thoroughfares - West Georgia Street. The striking high rise consists of a concrete core wrapped with floor to ceiling green-tinted windows.

Among the first to utilize this style, it would be emulated many times over by other condominiums throughout the city. The Westcoast Pointe was one of the most anticipated condominium projects with 75% of the units being sold even prior to opening sales to the general public.



Location

Westcoast Pointe on West Georgia

In terms of condominium development, there are three factors that determine its success and desirability. These of course being location! location! location! The lifestyle in Vancouver is oriented to those who enjoy the outdoors and the developers utilized this to market their project.

According to their sales brochure, "The Pointe was designed for the busy professional with an active lifestyle. You live in Vancouver because it is the only city where you can start the day by rollerblading around the Stanley Park seawall, walk to the office in the city core just blocks away and end the day at English Bay with some sailboarding." [2]

As mentioned, Westcoast Pointe is located minutes away from world famous Stanley Park, a mecca for runners and cyclists alike. It is also in close proximity to downtown, which has all the amenities expected from an internationally revered city.

For those looking for an escape from the city, Westcoast Pointe is located right on highway 99. This route takes you over the Lions Gate Bridge, through West Vancouver and to Horseshoe Bay ferry terminal or to Squamish and Whistler via the Sea to Sky Highway. This convenience does come with drawbacks. As mentioned West Georgia Street (highway 99) is a major artery and congestion is prevalent to the area. It is therefore important for residents to understand that they are in actuality living next to a major through-way.

This shouldn't take away from the fact that Westcoast Pointe is minutes away from Coal Harbour, one of the most beautiful settings in the city and a highly sought after neighbourhood to live in. This area was designed to cater to pedestrians with all amenities available within walking distance or via the abundance of public transit options available within the vicinity including multiple SkyTrain stations.[3]

Construction

The beautiful terraced garden at Westcoast Pointe

The construction of the Westcoast Pointe is typical of other condominiums of the area that have followed the Vancouverism model, however it was one of the first of its kind upon completion in 1997. The 33 story, 208 unit concrete and glass structure designed by Bing Thom would set the benchmark in which the rest of these buildings would have to follow.

Bing Thom discusses his approach to the design of Westcoast Pointe, "I design buildings from the outside in and the inside out. My vision with The Pointe was to create a home that is elegant, with a West Coast flavour" (Thom).

As a means to create a natural environment around the base of Westcoast Pointe, developers brought in architect Christopher Phillips to create a natural environment. Phillips incorporated large rock outcroppings, evergreen trees, a terraced garden in combination with spectacular water features to bring a piece of the outdoors to downtown Vancouver.

Layout and Features

Westcoast Pointe has 208 units consisting of one and two bedroom units as well as a small number of penthouse suites. Their sizes range from 518 square feet to 1,100 square feet.

Each unit features hardwood floors, natural colour schemes and imposed ceramic bathroom flooring.

Floor Plans

A video showing the layout of individual suites and building amenities of Westcoast Pointe is shown below

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

Amenities

The lounge at Westcoast Pointe
Full gym


Some of Westcoast Pointe's amenities include:

  • Swimming pool
  • Fitness centre
  • Garden lounge
  • An outdoor patio area with barbecue facilities
  • A formal corporate boardroom



Bylaws

Westcoast Pointe Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No
Barbecues Yes


  • Rentals are allowed
  • Westcoast Pointe is a pet-friendly building
  • There is no age restriction in place
  • Barbecues are permitted

Sustainability

Though Westcoast Pointe was built in 1997, the developers did take initiatives to implement environmentally sustainable features into their building. This includes tinted glass to allow in natural sunlight while reducing the greenhouse effect in individual units. The building also features a water purification system and a recycling centre.

Vancouver prides itself on being on the cutting edge of sustainability and a large part of this falls on its citizens. As a resident at Westcoast Pointe there are number of ways to be proactive in terms of being sustainable.

Residents can take advantage of the nearby Seawall to walk or cycle to a number of destinations throughout Vancouver. They can also utilize the abundance of transit options available nearby and leave the car at home (Vancouver has notorious traffic anyway).

Also, Vancouver has a topnotch recycling program in place that enables residents the ability to recycle most of their household waste.


Trivia

Bing Tom was a project director with acclaimed architect Arthur Erickson and continues to operate an internationally acclaimed firm with his namesake.

The earthquake resistant cube
Georgia Street traffic outside Westcoast Pointe


Westcoast Pointe's neigbour is another condominium development of the name Qube. Built in 1969 as the headquarters for the now defunct West Coast Transmission Co, its unique design is for function as opposed to fashion. It is well known that Vancouver is prone to earthquakes. Architects wanted to design a structure meant to withstand the next big earthquake that is purportedly overdo for the Greater Vancouver area.


The design of the building came from analyzing large trees that had survived earthquakes in other regions. What they found is that trees are able to sway during the quake and are therefore able to dissipate energy this way. The building was then designed to have a concrete core to act as a trunk so to speak with the elevators and utilities all being routed through this core. The rest of the building was then hung from the core using steel cables. Thankfully, the design has not been put into practice yet. Though it has made for a rather unique Vancouver landmark.


Georgia Street was built in 1886 and named after the Strait of Georgia, which was named in honour of King George III of England. According to the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, daily traffic volumes can exceed 60,000 vehicles daily. [5]

References

  1. Westcoast Pointe
  2. BC Condominiums
  3. Vancouver Walk Score
  4. Westcoast Pointe on Youtube
  5. BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure


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