Wall Centre False Creek

Wall Centre FC

Wall Centre False Creek is a half block behind the Village on False Creek (the former Olympic Village). It now has 558 apartments, pretty much completed with the first new owners moving in. GBL Architects designed four towers, each with slightly different details, with coloured panels to distinguish each block. In the centre of the block there’s a mid block mini-park and a theatre with a gorgeous crinkled glazed wall. The future operators are currently unclear, but it’s good to see South East False Creek have culture as well as retail and bars.

Before image 2011; after image 2013

Marguerite Ford Apartments

Marguerite Ford Apartments

Another non-market housing project, this one in South East False Creek, the Marguerite Ford Apartments have recently been completed on West 2nd Avenue. As with twelve other projects, (with one more to come) this building was on city-owned land and construction was paid for by the housing arm of the Provincial Governmnet, BC Housing.

The building, designed by DYS Architects, is named in honour of Marguerite Ford whose long history of community service includes a decade as Vancouver City Councillor and many years on the Sanford Housing Society board of directors. 

The previous commercial buildings, built in 1930 and 1955, ended up as the home of Party Bazaar, a party rental company. The two-storey building was once the 1930s home of Western Oil & Supply, and by the 1950s was part of the premises of the Hayes Manufacturing Co, later Hayes-Anderson, a truck manufacturer who occupied most of the block.

Before image 2011; after image 2013

Maynards

Maynards 1

The auction company Maynards used to occupy a building beside the south end of Cambie Bridge. Developers Aquilini bought the site, and although they’re right next to Southeast False Creek, they fall into a different zoning district, so they did not have to develop an especially green project. As a result, although they’re right next to the Neighbourhood Energy Utility (which recycles heat from the sewer system) units in Maynards have baseboard electric heating.

The design obviously evolved somewhat from the initial renderings, which showed a more angular design with a greater variation in colour. The finished development has quite a mono-tone quality. Unusually for Vancouver, the architect for the project was Machelange Panzini from Montreal, although the architect of record was locally based Buttjes Architects.

before image 2010: after image 2013