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One Wall Centre

1000 Burrard Street
Vancouver BC Canada

Construction Dates
Floor Count48
Basement Floors5
Floor Area42,955 m²
Units / Rooms421
Building Uses
 - mixed use
 - conference
 - hotel
 - residential
Structural Types
 - highrise
 - tuned mass damper
 - pole
Architectural Style
 - modern
 - glass
 - concrete

 Heights ValueSource / Comments 
Spire517 ft
The spire is a light pipe
Roof491 ft
Top of angled roof structure
Lower roof450 ft
Top of fa├žade, the 450 foot height limit. Buildings were allowed to have mechanical space above the height limit.
Top floor439 ft

Architect: Busby + Associates Architects
Developer: Wall Financial Corp.

One Wall Centre became one of the the tallest buildings in Vancouver at the time of its construction. The only structure in the city which was taller than it is the antenna on the top of Harbour Centre.

The two-toned appearance of One Wall Centre was the result of a conflict between the building's developer and Vancouver City Hall. During construction, dark blue glass was installed on the lower two-thirds of the building. City Hall did not like the look of the dark glass and so forced the developer to change to lighter glass, dispite the developer bribing city hall with three million dollars.

In 2013 the lighter glass on the upper third of the tower was replaced with dark blue glass to closely match the lower part of the tower.

The original design was to have two double-height garden levels one-third and two-thirds of the way up the tower. The lobby was to have a 60 foot ceiling.

Width: 21.3m

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Busby + Associates Architects - Architect

Drawing by Chris Malayko
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