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New details on hotel to replace Four Seasons at Pacific Centre

We still don’t know what hotel brand will be operating the former Four Seasons Hotel at CF Pacific Centre, which is currently undergoing an extensive renovation, but we are learning new details about what’s to come from a recently filed development permit application.

Zeidler Architecture has applied to the city for what’s described as a “major renovation” of the 29-storey building, reconfiguring many of the interior spaces.

The back-of-house uses contained in the podium on Howe Street will be shifted towards the interior of the building to provide a more animated frontage on the street side, with new glazing and hotel circulation spaces visible from the street.

Southwest view along Howe Street
Southwest view along Howe Street. Credit: Zeidler Architecture
Northeast view along Howe Street
Northeast view along Howe Street. Credit: Zeidler Architecture

The tower’s structure will be upgraded to include new seismic bracing throughout to help meet current building code standards, and the existing façade will be removed and replaced. The podium and tower will be re-clad with new curtain wall glazing.

The Howe Street porte cochère will be redesigned “to improve access” to the hotel.

Howe Street entrance porte cochère
Howe Street entrance porte cochère. Credit: Zeidler Architecture

Atop the podium, the fourth floor rooftop will be renovated, with all landscaping removed and replaced, and the indoor/outdoor pool renovated with new decking throughout. Renderings also show an outdoor bar area.

Rendering of outdoor area on level four atop podium
Rendering of outdoor area on level four atop podium. Credit: Zeidler Architecture

On the top floor of the hotel tower, a new restaurant, bar and lounge will be created. A new, cantilevered canopy will be installed to provide weather protection for the rooftop patio, and also serve as a new architectural crown on the tower.

Rooftop view looking towards North Shore mountains
Rooftop view looking towards North Shore mountains. Credit: Zeidler Architecture

Previous story: January 15, 2020

The owners of CF Pacific Centre, Cadillac Fairview, announced Wednesday that the soon-to-be vacant Four Seasons Hotel tower will be rebranded with a new “lifestyle hotel brand.”

Cadillac Fairview says the new hotel will be “a new hospitality and entertainment offering reflective of Vancouver’s current stature as a premier tourism and business destination.”

The Four Seasons Hotel will close at the end of January 2020.

“With today’s announcement we are once again contributing to the fabric of the city by introducing an exciting and vibrant hospitality concept to our landmark property that will solidify it as the destination of choice in downtown Vancouver,” said Tom Knoepfel, senior vice-president, western portfolio at Cadillac Fairview.

“CF Pacific Centre will be home to a leading global hotel and entertainment brand that will be unique not only in Vancouver, but the rest of Canada. We look forward to providing more details about this exciting project in the near future,” added Knoepfel.

There’s no timeline yet as to when the new hotel brand would begin operating, or if any renovations will be undertaken.

A Cadillac Fairview spokesperson told urbanYVR they’ve had discussions “with a number of [hotel] brands.”

Riu Hotels and W are said to be actively looking for hotel locations in downtown Vancouver.

Pacific Centre opened in 1971, followed by the 30-storey TD Tower in 1972. The 30-storey Four Seasons Hotel tower opened in 1976 and was renovated in 2010.

Cadillac Fairview says “preliminary work” will commence in Spring 2020.

In addition to the hotel announcement, Cadillac Fairview is currently redeveloping CF Pacific Centre’s rotunda, located at West Georgia and Howe Streets, creating a new 14,000 square foot, two-storey pavilion, housing “premier retail brands” — one of which is rumoured to be an Apple store.

Downtown Vancouver Apple Flagship
Rendering of new retail building at CF Pacific Centre. Credit: Perkins + Will

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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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