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The Arc nearly complete with massive public plaza unveiled

Landscaped plaza runs under bridge connecting pedestrian and cycling routes

The Arc by Concord Pacific — a uniquely designed, 30-storey tower at the foot of the Cambie Street Bridge — is nearly complete.

The building includes over 500 units, but the showstopper is its unique design, which includes an overhead swimming pool with a glass bottom, suspended 20 storeys in the air.

Architects are Francl Architecture of Vancouver. 

There are several retail units at lining Expo Blvd. and Nelson Street. It’s not yet known if any of the spaces have been leased.

The highlight is a large, landscaped public plaza that passes under the “arc” and connects the development to its neighbour, One Pacific, on the other side of the Cambie Street Bridge.

The plaza features grassed areas with trees, inlaid LED lighting and several seating areas.

Photos: The Arc by Concord Pacific nearly complete

The Arc sign.
The Arc sign.
Glass bottom pool at The Arc.
Glass bottom pool at The Arc.
The Arc as seen from Pacific Blvd.
Development as seen from Pacific Blvd.
Under the Cambie Street bridge between The Arc and One Pacific
Under the Cambie Street bridge, between The Arc and One Pacific.
Two lobbies of The Arc
Two residential lobbies.
Courtyard.
Courtyard.
Retail units.
Retail units.
Lobby.
Lobby.
Drive through area
Drive through area.
View up to structure and pool
View up to structure and pool.
Mixed pedestrian and service route
Mixed pedestrian and service route.
Lobby
Lobby.
Skyward
Skyward.
Landscaping
Landscaping.
Signage
Building signage.
Address
Address.
Plaza
Plaza.
Building
Building.
Retail units on Expo Blvd.
Retail units on Expo Blvd.
Retail around plaza
Retail around plaza.
Area under the Cambie Street Bridge
Area under the Cambie Street Bridge.

A new bike path has also opened, connecting cyclists from the corner of Pacific Blvd. and Nelson Street/Marinaside Crescent, passing under the Cambie Bridge, up to the corner of Smithe and Expo Blvd., where it connects with the Smithe Street bike lane.

Cyclists can now travel from the False Creek seawall via Marinaside Crescent, through the developments, and connect to the Smithe Street bike lane.

The Arc units for rent already popping up on Craigslist

Units are already popping up for rent on Craigslist, with prices between $2500-$3000 for the smaller one bedroom units, with parking included.

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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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