Designs revealed for 52-storey tower at ‘Granville Gateway’ (IMAGES)

High-rise on east side of Granville Bridge designed to balance and echo Vancouver House

Designs for a 52-storey tower opposite the under-construction Vancouver House on the other side of the Granville Bridge entry into downtown were revealed this week.

Developer Pinnacle International held a pre-application open house May 14 to unveil the plans for 601 Beach Crescent, which at 535 feet is even taller than Vancouver House’s 507 feet.

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The design, by Chinese architectural firm JYOM Architecture with local firm GBL Architects, makes clear reference to the building's iconic neighbour, with fluid lines on its façade that echo the twist in the tower opposite.

The site on the east side of Granville Bridge was slated for a tall tower as part of the City’s “Vancouver Views” policy, which proposed the Granville Bridge Gateway with high-rises on each side of the entry into downtown.

Part of the 2016 deal for the site between Pinnacle International and the City was that Pinnacle would include 152 affordable, non-market units in the new building. The rest of the homes, approximately 300 in total, will be market housing units.

The plan also proposes a podium with an 18,000-square-foot retail space, second-floor amenities for the affordable housing residents, and extensive amenities with a pool on the podium rooftop for the market unit residents.

Check out the renderings released by Pinnacle International, below.

Beach Ave tower vertical
601 Beach Crescent could become Vancouver's next skyline-defining high-rise. Images: JYOM Architecture/Pinnacle International


Beach Ave tower podium
The design for the podium at the bottom of the tower includes retail space on the ground floor, and separate amenity spaces for the market and non-market housing residents. Images: JYOM Architecture/Pinnacle International


Beach Ave tower vertical 2
The twisting lines in the proposed tower's cladding echo the twist of its neighbour Vancouver House. Images: JYOM Architecture/Pinnacle International


Beach Ave tower vertical
Rendering of 601 Beach Crescent, looking south down Granville Bridge. Images: JYOM Architecture/Pinnacle International


Beach Ave tower site map
Map of the proposed site for 601 Beach Crescent. Images: JYOM Architecture/Pinnacle International


Beach Ave tower heights
601 Beach Crescent is proposed to be slightly taller than Vancouver House at 535 feet. Images: JYOM Architecture/Pinnacle International

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