Surprisingly this tower is actually in Chinatown. Taylor creates part of a ‘cliff’ of higher towers; to the east and north of here everything turns into a much lower mid-rise heritage-sensitive form, to the west is the multi-tower International Village scheme. There’s a great piece of public art, ‘Abacus’, on the Keefer Street side of the building, and there are some social housing units in the 251 unit project too. Hancock Bruckner Eng & Wright designed the tower to replace a parking lot that in turn replaced warehouse buildings, demolished years before.

Before image 2002; after image 2008


Canadian Tire – Cambie Street

Canadian Tire

On Cambie just north of Broadway Canadian Tire grew up and grew a lot bigger with Kasian’s huge superstore sitting on top of a Best Buy and underneath some additional third floor retail and rooftop parking. The older, smaller candian Tire and the Up country furniture showroom both made way for what was, at the time, the biggest Canadian tire store.

Before image 2000; after image 2009