Thinking Outside The Box- 400 West Georgia

A Unique Design

As construction continues on the 400 West Georgia project, it’s eye-catching cube design is starting to take shape.The distinctive design by Canadian firm Merrick Architecture, is inspired by a Japanese noguchi lamp, featuring offset cubes sprouting from a central stem. The building will consist of a circular concrete core with structural steel beams and steel decking, effectively forming a cogwheel of boxes.Each four-storey cube consists of a triple-paned curtain wall, openable windows, large spans of column-free space, and glass floors.

Every space between each cube incorporates hydroponic living walls of foliage and water features. It also includes a garden and amenity space on the roof for tenants.On the ground level, a four-storey high lobby offers space for galleries, cafes, restaurants and retail spaces. An extensive public area will include seating, smart lighting, a water feature, and a raised terrazzo platform for performances and gatherings.

The EllisDon suite of in-house services was utilized during pre-construction and construction phases, most notably the Virtual Design & Construction and Construction Sciences teams.These services improved the coordination and collaboration between the project team, consultants and trades.“Using these services on this project demonstrates EllisDon’s affinity for change, adoption of new technology and our entrepreneurial enthusiasm,” says Jordan Switzer, Project Manager of 400 West Georgia.

Building For The Tech Revolution

The eye-catching design aims to set a new standard for future office developments in Vancouver.The 400 West Georgia project will be equipped with the latest information management and technology. This includes implementing Power over Ethernet to manage and automate the building’s day-to-day functions. These features aim to attract and support the growing tech industry in the city.The building is targeting LEED® Platinum certification and will welcome tenants including Apple and Deloitte. Construction is scheduled to wrap up in 2020.

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