Credit Suisse Vancouver office tower gets revised look

Credit Suisse Vancouver tower

Lately Vancouver has seen its share of “starchitect” proposals that offer  a break from the monotonous Vancouver high rise buildings we’ve come to expect.  Most notably are Britain’s Norman Foster designed Jameson House and Denmark’s Bjarke Ingels  Beach and Howe mixed-use tower. The latest design submission by Harry Gugger Studio is a revision of an existing design proposed for the corner of Howe and Pender for the new Credit Suisse Vancouver office tower. The revision doesn’t scream “starchitect” designed building. However, the design has to go through the appropriate approval process so it may still change.

Harry Gugger Studio comes with a great reputation. The studio was responsible for the restoration of the Tate Modern in London and the CaixaForum in Madrid. They are also responsible for the famious Bird’s Nest Stadium in Beijing. To see this underwhelming revision is a let down.

Revisions for the The Old Stock Exchange office building were necessary because the Jameson House condo dwellers in the city’s business district are concerned about their privacy and views. This is one of the problems Vancouver will encounter from time to time as it has allowed some residential development to creep in its business core. One may argue that the residents should know that in Vancouver views and privacy are not a guarantee, no matter how much you paid for that fancy condo.

The Credit Suisse office tower will join under-construction 1021 West Hastings (275,000 sq. feet), 745 Thurlow Street (400,000 sq. feet), and the new Telus Head Office (480,000 sq. feet) as city-approved major office towers in the Downtown peninsula. This does not include an additional 280,000 square feet of premium office space from the renovated top floors of the old Sears building, to be completed in 2015, as part of the building’s conversion into a Nordstrom and Pacific Centre mall expansion.

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Credit Suisse at night

The New Exchange Tower proposal

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The Old Stock Exchange

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  • Gardiner Hanson

    Soooo…Let me get this correct. The people in the top 2-4ish floors of the Jamieson are enough to have an entire building redesigned in the CBD? I think this may create a dangerous precedent in the commercial core and I don’t like it one bit. I agree with the author, if you buy in this part of town, expect to live surrounded by glass, not views.   

    This new design is quite plain in my opinion and I would rather the architect and proponents put their foot down and stick to the first proposal and tell CoV to take it or leave it. My guess is they would take it. 

  • Dff

    The second design is far superior, aesthetically. I despise those crown-like structures atop highrises that serve no purpose at all. Vancity has far too many of them.

  • mrza
  • Guest

    I prefer the new design. Definitely showcases the heritage portion much better and looks more mature overall. 

  • Chad Wilkinson

    Totally disagree. Vancouver’s skyline is a flat-topped block. There are less than a handful of buildings rooflines that are not flat. Can’t believe you would even say such a thing. Have a look around and then compare with other city skylines.

  • Rooftop

    I think Vancouver has a lot of ugly building tops – Not just the “facades” Dff is refering to, but the buildings themselves. Flat tops look so much better, IMO. I also like the classic design closer to street level. The second building looks much more “timeless” than the first one.

  • Boo Boo

    Tate Modern was designed by Herzog and De Meuron, who also did the Bird’s Nest in Beijing.  Get your facts right.  

  • Officedweller

    Harry Gugger worked with Herzog and De Meuronat the time, and now has his own practice.  Those are the facts.

    “Harry Gugger established his Studio in May 2010, after 19 years of partnership at Herzog & de Meuron.”