After nearly 15 years of being on the hunt for an appropriate, highly-central location, it appears Apple has finally found a flagship store location for downtown Vancouver. Last Monday the City of Vancouver’s Development Permit Board passed the proposal for Cadillac Fairview 14,000 sq. ft., two-story pavilion retail building that will house the new Apple Store.
The Apple Store design approved will offer a double-height glass facade and a sweeping, metal cantilevered roof, with the building rotated on a 45-degree axis to diagonally orient the structure to face the Vancouver Art Gallery’s recently renovated North Plaza.
High-quality materials for the building’s exterior include warm grey limestone cladding, robust granite paving, wood soffits, low-iron glass, and metal-panel roofing.
The open, pillarless interior features stone walls, wood ceilings, and bench seating along the length of the windows of the second level.
The design was further described as having a multi-story green wall that backdrops the entire pavilion building, and it doubles as a rainwater runoff. Altogether, this creates a “vibrant, compelling natural backdrop.”
The proposal also features an outdoor public plaza space highlighted by a cascading stair plinth, new trees, and movable tables and chairs.
This expansion and extension of the existing shopping centre will include a new replacement entrance into the shopping centre from West Georgia Street, with the new glass entrance wedged between the new green wall and the 701 West Georgia Street office tower.
Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association CEO Charles Gauthier is elated about the project stating that “This upcoming redevelopment on Georgia Street will likely result in other nearby properties to seriously consider making similar investments.
Gauthier hailed Cadillac Fairview's plan by saying that it speaks volumes about its confidence in and commitment to downtown.
There were a few snags with the proposal that Cadillac Fairview will iron out and you could learn more about that in the Business in Vancouver report here.
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