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Mid-century magic slated for Barclay and Thurlow

A mid-century inspired residential tower is proposed for the corner of Barclay and Thurlow in Vancouver’s West End.

The dramatic design by Montreal-based ACDF and IBI Group is for a 47-storey tower, with approximately 91 social housing units and 270 market condominiums. It will constructed to LEED Gold standards.

Thirteen of the floors will be reserved for social housing, comprising approximately 25 per cent of the project. A minimum of 50 per cent of the social housing units will be two bedrooms or larger. 

Condominiums will range from studios to three-bedroom suites.

Renderings: 1063-1069 & 1075 Barclay Street

Tower rendering
Tower rendering. Credit: ACDF Architecture
Tower rendering
Tower rendering. Credit: ACDF Architecture
Architectural detail
Architectural detail. Credit: ACDF Architecture
Tower rendering
Tower rendering. Credit: ACDF Architecture
Outdoor space
Public outdoor space. Credit: ACDF Architecture

The architecture is described as follows:

Our design is informed by Vancouver’s natural surroundings, including flora and fauna. We drew inspiration from the shapes of the fig leaf and tulip when sculpting the building and the balconies.

A shared outdoor amenity space will be accessible to residents of the market and social housing, a rarity in new condo developments that incorporate a social housing component. Usually the spaces are separated. There will be extensive landscaping to create a “park-like” atmosphere. 

The developer is Pacific Northern Developments Ltd., and an official rezoning application is expected to be filed in June 2020. 

The tower will replace the Barclay Terrace condominium, built in 1992, as well as an adjacent multi-unit house.

As we reported in 2018, owners of the Barclay Terrace received big payouts — for example, $2.6 million for a one-bedroom assessed at $793,000 — when the strata was wound up. The building has functioned as rental apartments ever since.

Owners at 1075 Barclay Street have gradually been selling their units to developers, with the goal of winding up the strata corporation and selling the land for redevelopment. Credit: Google Maps

The developer says the earliest existing tenants would need to move out is September 2022, and compensation is available. The earliest construction could start is late 2022.

The site is across from a two-tower proposal by Bosa Properties and Kingswood Properties, and designed by German architect Büro Ole Scheeren.

1040-1080 Barclay Street rendering 2018
1040-1080 Barclay Street. Credit: City of Vancouver/Bosa Properties

It’s also just a block away from another signature tower proposed at Nelson and Thurlow.

The 60-storey tower will include social housing and luxury condominiums.

Nelson on the Park and The Butterfly
Tower rendering with The Butterfly at right. Credit: IBI Group

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Peter Meiszner
Peter Meiszner
Peter Meiszner is an experienced journalist and media relations professional, based in Vancouver. As founder of urbanYVR.com, he has been reporting on urban development across the Lower Mainland since 2016, and has also served as vice-chair of the Gastown Historic Area Planning Committee. In October 2022, he was elected to Vancouver city council and is no longer actively reporting for urbanYVR.

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