Following its public unveiling in September, the proposed new headquarters for Vancouver-based athletic apparel brand Lululemon is recommended for approval at a public hearing to be held next week. The 500,000-square-foot Store Support Centre, proposed for 1980 Foley Street in Vancouver's False Creek Flats neighbourhood, is designed to accommodate up to 4,000 employees.
Conceived by Morphosis and Francl Architecture, the 13-storey office building rises from a six-storey podium, and is organized around a central atrium space that will funnel daylight into the heart of the complex. The volume is carved into three major urban green spaces, creating a covered main entry off Foley Street, a new public plaza along Great Northern Way and a sheltered northwest corner featuring enhanced views towards Downtown Vancouver and the North Shore Mountains.
The application also seeks permission for a ground-floor restaurant and retail space, which Lululemon says will help animate the space throughout the day.
The new building will consolidate approximately 2,000 staff that currently work out of four separate locations across Vancouver. At four times the size of their existing headquarters in Kitsilano, the new Lululemon home isn't expected to reach capacity until 2032.
At its meeting in December, City Council voted to refer the rezoning application to a public hearing scheduled for January 23 at 6 PM. The meeting will be held at the Council Chamber inside City Hall.
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