Westcoast Hotel + Convention Centre
Vancouver, British Columbia
While with Paul Merrick Architects Ltd
Role: Lead Design Architect to the Principal Paul Merrick
1333 West Georgia Street-West Coast Hotel aimed to radically redefine the traditional form of the urban hotel and it’s presence within the urban landscape.
The project was situated in Vancouver’s ‘golden triangle’ adjacent to the inner harbour waterfront. It claimed a significant address along West Georgia Street, the principle bisecting arterial linking the north to the south end of the city’s core. The project encompassed one entire city block and included integration of the existing West Coast Transmission building.
The program called for a 400 room luxury hotel and complete amenity and support facility, and a ninety unit residential building. A program area of 608,000 sq.ft. was condensed into a usable site area of 62,000 sq.ft. A convention center with commercial support was included in the program along with a significant entry atrium and enclosed gardens.
A contemporary approach to design based on inherent organic qualities created iconic identity to the project that epitomized the natural west coast environment and landscape. The resulting design created abstract contextual qualities from the natural landscape and produce dynamic sculptural form. The client ambition was to make a significant contribution of a landmark to the cityscape and to create public place as part of the architectural program.