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Developer files application for 54-storey downtown Vancouver tower

What would be city’s fourth-tallest high-rise aims to echo under-construction Vancouver House opposite, to create new “Granville Gateway”
Pinnacle International has filed a rezoning application for 601 Beach Crescent, the 54-storey building on the left. Along with Vancouver House, it would create the new "Granville Gateway." Image: Pinnacle International/GBL Architects

A rezoning application, along with a fresh set of renderings, has been filed with the City of Vancouver for what would be the city’s fourth-tallest tower.

Pinnacle International wants to build a 54-storey luxury high-rise at the north end of Granville Bridge, opposite the under-construction Vancouver House. Together the redevelopment of the Granville loop lands is intended to create the new “Granville Gateway” – a grand architectural entrance from the bridge into downtown Vancouver.

The architect on the project, GBL Architects, has designed a curvilinear tower with a twist in the facade that pays homage to the twist in its 49-storey neighbour, Vancouver House.

If built at the proposed 163 metres, 601 Beach Crescent would be the fourth-tallest tower in the city, after Shangri-La, Trump Tower and One Burrard Place.

Beach Crescent

Artist rendering of 601 Beach Crescent and Vancouver House, looking south-west across Granville Bridge. Image: Pinnacle International/GBL Architects

Pinnacle proposes a total of 455 residential units, 303 of which would be market condos and 152 of which would be social housing.

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Artist rendering of the Beach Crescent entrance to the residential units at 601 Beach Crescent. Image: Pinnacle International/GBL Architects

The design includes a seven-storey podium that would include 22,543 square feet of commercial and retail space, as well as extensive common amenities on the seventh floor, and a rooftop pool, hot tub and gardens. There would also be 442 underground parking spaces and a whopping 970 bicycle spaces.

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The proposed seven-storey podium at 601 Beach Crescent, which would include ground-floor retail, seventh-floor amenities and a common rooftop pool, hot tub and gardens. Image: Pinnacle International/GBL Architects

The site would also include a public park that would run around the new building and beneath Granville Bridge's off-ramp, creating an at-grade link to the neighbouring Vancouver House development.

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A public park under the Granville Bridge off-ramp would link the building to its neighbour in the new Granville Gateway community. Image: Pinnacle International/GBL Architects

Pinnacle's rezoning application includes a skyline study, which shows how the new building would fit into the cityscape. Because Beach Crescent is at a lower elevation than many streets in the downtown core, the building does not impact the skyline and “fits nicely” with the existing overall dome shape, according to the application.

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The skyline impact study shows how 601 Beach Crescent would fit into the cityscape. The study suggests that, as Beach Crescent is at a low waterfront elevation, it would make a lesser impact than even some shorter buildings downtown. Image: Pinnacle International/GBL Architects

The rezoning application is being considered under the City’s Higher Buildings Policy. Residents may comment on this proposal by filling out the City’s online feedback form

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