The building will stand a towering 52-storeys high and will be the city’s first mixed-use building. Designed by local firm Cotter Architects and Portland-based ZGF Architects, the hotel promises to have some nifty design features including a two-storey glass box grand lobby that will be shared by the hotel, the offices and the residences. The lobby design pays homage to the city’s surrounding forests and its historically strong lumber industry with a sculptural staircase made of walnut, stainless steel and glass. Although the architecture promises to be modern, the design will also draw inspiration from the city’s South Asian cultural influence.
Rooms will have floor-to-ceiling windows to let the sunshine in and all the expected mod-cons. Other amenities include a rooftop space where you can watch the sunrise over the Coast Mountains and the sunset over Vancouver Island; a lobby café with outdoor patio; and a restaurant serving local food mixed with South Asian creations. No word yet on who the chef will be, but we hope to see them in our Hottest Chefs contest when the time comes. Plans are also in the works to have a weekly organic summer market.
Construction of the hotel is scheduled to begin in January and be completed in the fall of 2016. It's too soon for rates yet but we'll be sure to check it out and get back to you.
[Renderings: Civic Hotel]