The Rise

The Rise

The Rise is an award winning mixed-use scheme on Cambie Street just north of Broadway. It includes some of the features that make development in Vancouver so unusual. For a start it has three floors of ‘big box’ retail which more usually in North America would be found sprawling in a sea of parking. Here the parking is underneath, then there’s a Save On Foods store on the bottom, a Home Depot (and some smaller stores and a bank wrapping round it) and then a Winners/Homesense store above that. And if that isn’t enough, there are 92 rental townhouses arranged around a courtyard over the top of the retail.

Designed for Grosvenor Estates by Nigel Baldwin and completed in 2008, the scheme takes up a full city block. Briefly Sports Mart were on the site, but before that the site was a car dealership, most recently Dueck who bought Paul Fong GM, although in the 1980s it was a Ford garage.

before image 2003; after image 2009

Yaletown Park

Yaletown Park

Yaletown Park is a 3-tower project by Wall Financial and a not-so-new-now public park. There was a year between the first and last tower being completed (in 2007), and then the rather curiously designed¬†and pedestrian unfriendly park was unveiled. The Park Board say “Yaletown Park was designed as an urban gathering space built atop public underground parking” – but nobody has been able to gather as the undulating granite surface makes it almost impossible to contemplate any reason for hanging around.

Before the site was developed it was used as a Maple Leaf mini storage building, but before that it was Safeway’s distribution warehouse.

before image 2002; after image 2008.