More than two years after Cadillac Fairview first announced that a new upscale hotel chain will take the place of the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver, there is now a first glimpse of the design of the redesigned space for the new replacement hotel.
Forms recently submitted to the municipal government by property owner Cadillac Fairview and Zeidler Architecture show a complete renovation of the tower and reconfiguration of its interior.
Construction work has already been underway for about two years, with interior demolition activities beginning shortly after the long-standing Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver closed in early 2020.
The main hotel entrance on Howe Street and porte cochers will be redesigned to improve access.
Within the top two floors of the lower podium of the 29-story hotel tower, the back of the house and public hotel rooms are turned into place. The back house of the former hotel was located along the west side of the building along Howe Street, but the new plans require placing the back of the house on the eastern half of the floorboards within the core of the building. byblok.
This reconfiguration allows restaurants, bars, meeting rooms and other public areas of the hotel to hover over Howe Street. Currently, the podium levels facing Howe Street are windowless, but this would change completely as the renovation punctures large windows along the façade and adds a two-storey glass-encased space in the northwest corner to the pre-function room in the hotel’s new main ballroom.
Overall, the entire facade of the building – both the podium and the tower – is completely clad with a combination of metal cladding and windows.
There would also be a reconfiguration of the outdoor recreation area on the podium roof on the fourth level of the building. New coverage will be added, the entire landscaped recreation room will be rebuilt, including the removal and replacement of existing trees, and the indoor / outdoor pool will be renovated.
On the 28th floor, the top floor of the tower, the space is transformed into a unique destination – a restaurant, bar, lounge and a partially covered outdoor terrace on the east side of the floor.
This dining and entertainment area on the rooftop terrace of the tower offers views of the cityscape and mountains.
Other upgrades that will be carried out include seismic improvements to ensure the longevity of the 1976-built structure and compliance with applicable building standards.
With the changes, the height of the building will increase slightly by a few feet to 312 ft, with an architectural crown that hides the building’s mechanical equipment above the roof restaurant.
But the form gave no hint of the brand and operator of the new hotel, which remains very elusive and secretive. Industry insiders have previously told the Daily Hive Urbanized that The Ritz-Carlton is expected to become the new hotel operator.
No timetable for completion and opening has been set.
Daily Hive Urbanized has contacted Cadillac Fairview for further comments on the new hotel project for the CF Pacific Center.
The adjacent new two-story retail pavilion just south of the hotel tower – which replaces the mall’s former dome rotunda in the northeast corner of the intersection of West Georgia and Howe streets – is now nearing completion. It’s set to become Metro Vancouver’s flagship Apple store.