The corner of Pacific and Hornby is in for a dramatic makeover as crews move below grade for a 39-storey residential tower designed by IBI Group and ACDF Architecture for Grosvenor. The Pacific's north and south facades will boast floor-to-ceiling glass for a smooth veneer, while the opposite elevations give way to deep balconies in shades of white and grey that mimic the clouds in the sky.

The Pacific by Grosvenor, image via IBI Group

The project takes over the site of the 1880s-built Leslie House, a Queen Anne-style residence on Hornby Street that later became the home of the popular Il Giardino restaurant. The local landmark, one of the oldest heritage houses in Vancouver, is being carefully preserved, restored and relocated to Pacific Street as the surrounding space sprouts the modern tower.

The Pacific by Grosvenor, image via IBI Group

The 214 units in the building will be adorned by Snaidero Italian millwork, adding a splash of personality in each kitchen, bathroom and walk-in closet. Kitchens are outfitted with Sub-Zero, Wolf and Miele appliances, with nested drawers and full-height pantries providing plenty of storage. Residents have a choice between three colour palettes that reference the neutral tones of the tower exterior.

Construction moves below grade, image by Forum contributor City Of Rain

An over-height lobby welcomes residents to the building, which also contains a fitness centre, entertainment lounge and an illuminated terrace equipped for outdoor cooking and dining. With construction just beginning, the project is expected to be completed in 2021.

The project site, image by Forum contributor City Of Rain

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Related Companies:  ACDF Architecture, Grosvenor, IBI Group