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Old Posted Mar 12, 2008, 12:32 AM
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Looks like the whole of Vancouver is under-construction. I'd love to get up there and snap a few, but I don't have a passport yet.
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Thanks Hed for taking the time to put together such a terrific thread.

I love living in Vancouver and being an architechtural enthusiast, this forum and this thread in particular helps me enjoy it that much more.

Thank you so much!
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Old Posted Jun 12, 2008, 6:18 PM
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Random comments:

I think "401 Helmcken" is "H+H" which is almost complete.

"Spectrum Towers 5" should read "47 Nelson St. - Colours"

Bentall 6 - add "745 Thurlow St."

There's a Hilton sign up for the hotel - so "Mayfair Hotel" should read "Hilton Hotel".

Richards Living is 1098 Richards.

You can add 1050 Expo Blvd. to the proposed list. I posted a render yesterday in the downtown thread.
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Old Posted Jun 12, 2008, 6:28 PM
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Acutally colours and Specturm 5 are two seperate projects. Specturm five is listed as 151 W Georgia, but I beleive that address is wrong.
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I've only started really paying attention to development in Vancouver for the past year or so and I guess that makes me a relative nooby in the Vancouver development realm which leads me to my point. Please can someone who lives in Vancouver please explain to me how the city can sustain and continue to grow its skyline of (according to emporis) 583 highrises completed with 54 under construction 21 proposed and 20 more approved. The city only has a population of 611,000 and a metro of 2.1 million. In comparison Boston has around the same population and density within the city limits and around 5 million more people in the metro than Vancouver it and only has 267 highrises completed, 14 under construction, 17 approved and 12 proposed.

Simply put how and why does a community of this size have so many highrise buildings?
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Old Posted Jun 15, 2008, 3:19 AM
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There are a few factors at play here.
The first is the land issue. Vancouver and it's metro have very little available land to build on. Mountains to the north, the Pacific ocean to the west, and the US to the south.
The second reason are the ALRs( Agricultural Land Reserves). A lot of the remaining land in Metro Vancouver is farm land and cannot be developed.
Third is the cost of a single family home in Vancouver. The average price is around $1,000,000. You can get a two bedroom highrise downtown for a little more than half that. So first time buyers in Vancouver are drawn to highrises simply due to location and the relatively 'cheap' prices compared to a house.

As you can see it all comes down to the land crunch. Expect to see a lot more highrises and even a few skyscrapers in Vancouver's future.
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Old Posted Jul 23, 2008, 8:16 AM
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Some pics (taken July 13th) of the construction going on in and around the Downtown Eastside, expanding the skyline eastward:



Downtown Vancouver skyline from the north:





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I have been wondering something and I cant figure it out. Vancouver is this huge beautiful city with such a nice skyline, why are there no supertalls in the city? Is there a height restriction?
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WOW I LOVE Vancouver it's absolutly stunning. Once I've got a passport I'm going to head up there
But like Chicagoguy, I'm curious as to why there are no supertalls........
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Old Posted Aug 12, 2008, 6:39 PM
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WOW I LOVE Vancouver it's absolutly stunning. Once I've got a passport I'm going to head up there
But like Chicagoguy, I'm curious as to why there are no supertalls........
Hopefully they can get some supertalls. They would definitely be a world class skyline if they added some 1000ft+ towers!
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Old Posted Aug 13, 2008, 1:14 AM
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1000+ footer would look absolutely ridiculous in Vancouver's skyline. It looks much taller in skyline photos than it actually is.
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Old Posted Aug 13, 2008, 5:00 AM
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1000+ footer would look absolutely ridiculous in Vancouver's skyline. It looks much taller in skyline photos than it actually is.
Yes I agree it does look alot taller than they really are! In some shots it reminds me alot of Manhattan just because of the shear density and look of the buildings. I think they should definitely work on getting some supertalls. Are there any proposed at least?
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1000+ footer would look absolutely ridiculous in Vancouver's skyline. It looks much taller in skyline photos than it actually is.
Well even if it does look taller, so what. It will make the skyline a little more intersting and break up the plateau it currently has. Plus, a 1000ft-er if designed right could end up being the sum-all-be-all icon of Vancouver. Take for example the Eiffel Tower and Empire State Building. Both were lamented in their infancies over how much bigger they were than everything else, ESP. the Eiffel tower. Nowadays if you think of Paris or New York you will think of these two magnificent structures. An iconic supertall would be great for Vancouver, IMO.
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Yeah Vancouver does lack some sort of iconic supertall that just screams "THIS IS VANCOUVER, BIATCH !" kind of like CN Tower for Toronto, The Bow for Calgary (in the future, that is), Eiffel Tower for Paris. I mean, Canada Place is nice, but it's not extremely obvious to see when you see the city's skyline. Vancouver needs some sort of big and nice public plaza in downtown with an iconic landmark so people can go there as THE place to celebrate in Canada Day, New Year, Christmas... etc Right now I feel there's a lack of public space for people to gather and celebrate in Vancouver and all the celebrations are spread around the entire metro area.
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Basically, I agree with NetMapel.
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Old Posted Aug 24, 2008, 6:53 PM
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Old Posted Aug 24, 2008, 7:10 PM
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Great update Hed.
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Old Posted Aug 31, 2008, 4:08 AM
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Vancouver's skyline will definitely be getting taller in the near future. It has already begun to with what will be the top three tallest buildings in the city all currently u/c - the Shangri-La, the Ritz, and the Hotel Georgia.

With these new taller buildings setting a precedent, developers have been increasing pressure to go higher still with more tall concepts being floated around at the moment - no official proposals as of yet though.

Next year the City will be reviewing its height restrictions ("view cones") which if relaxed could result in many new taller proposals. However, I think it will be quite some time until we see a 1000-footer. I doubt view cones would be relaxed to such a degree any time soon, plus we need a few more in the 600-900ft range to bridge the gap a bit.

Thanks for keeping us updated Hed Kandi. You're doing a great job as usual.
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