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British Columbia Centre

Identification

British Columbia Centre
B.C. Government Office Tower & Courthouse
102981

Map

Structure in General

skyscraper
unbuilt [cancelled]
rigid frame
steel
caisson foundation
aluminum
curtain wall
gray
modernism

Usage

governmental office

Facts

  • Originally proposed as a government office tower.
  • This was to have been Vancouver's tallest building, but the government who proposed it lost the election in 1972. Many were concerned over the 'shadow' it would cast downtown.
  • When the building was near construction, the new government scrapped the plans and opted for the Arthur Erickson designed Provincial Law Courts which many referred to as B.C. Centre on its back! Robson Square has a glass roofed courthouse, three cascading waterfalls and grand landscaping in a terraced three block long complex.
  • Note: The final design was altered considerably from the one presented in this file. A record of the architect's rendering has not yet been found.

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Location

855 Smithe Street
V6Z
Canada

Technical Data

682.01 ft
55
5
1972
1975

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