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Revised design for Oxford office tower at 1133 Melville revealed

The revised design for an office tower proposed for 1133 Melville Street in downtown Vancouver has been revealed.

Oxford Properties, with architects James KM Cheng of Vancouver and Adamson Associates of Toronto, are proposing a unique, 34-storey “stacked box” design for the mid-block site.

The building would contain 423,943 sq. ft. of office space and 8,547 sq. ft. of retail on the ground floor. 293 underground parking stalls are proposed. The height of the building is 550 feet, which is the maximum allowed under the city’s Higher Buildings Policy. 

Oxford Properties says there’s significant demand from major tenants in downtown Vancouver for an office tower with a larger 20,000 SF floor plate.

View from Bute and Melville
1133 Melville as seen from Bute and Melville. Credit: Oxford Properties
1133 Melville office tower rendering
Oxford Properties is proposing a 34-storey stacked box design for an upcoming office tower at 1133 Melville Street.
1133 Melville tower design
Rendering of tower, as viewed from distance, looking north. Credit: Oxford Properties
Podium laneway frontage
Rear podium of tower proposed for 1133 Melville Street. Credit: Oxford Properties
Podium street frontage
Podium of the tower proposed for 1133 Melville Street. Credit: Oxford Properties

The first design for the tower, slated to replace an above-ground parkade next to the Loden Hotel, was not supported by the Urban Design Panel in 2015. 

At the time of review, the Urban Design Panel said “overall the building is attractive and understated, but does not push any design boundaries.” 

Two years later, the new design is much bolder and dramatic. It was presented to the Urban Design Panel on May 31.

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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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  1. Now this is a beauty! Its high time (pardon the pun) that some more unique buildings get the go ahead! Looks like we’ll finally get rid of the “cookie cutter” green glass tower and podium stereotype; the next 5-10 years are going to reveal a new Vancouver.

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