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The ARC: Already an Icon
Concord Pacific's unique new two-tower form development brings a sense of community and exceptional design to the shores of False Creek
January 28, 2016
Concord Pacific acquired the two hundred acre Expo ‘86 lands with ambitious plans to develop Canada’s largest master-planned community. Nearly three decades later, the latest addition to Concord Pacific Place is poised to become an architectural icon.
Concord has called its masterpiece The ARC. “We wanted a proposal for the Cambie gateway that was eye-catching, dramatic, second to none,” shares Concord Vice President, Sales, Grant Murray. Francl Architecture’s waving two-tower design fulfilled these lofty criteria, providing an emblematic entrance to Downtown Vancouver.
“Our main goal was functionality,” tells Murray. “We wanted the building to be unique, without sacrificing suite design for architecture.” Within The ARC’s curvilinear exterior profile, each suite is intelligently planned to maximize liveability. Movable walls and expansive sliding doors make space customizable while master bedrooms and living rooms enjoy ocean and mountain views to the fullest.
The ARC’s two towers are connected on the standout twentieth storey, where 10,000 square feet of unprecedented amenities culminate in a glass-bottomed swimming pool. The beautiful space also includes a two-level lounge, an outdoor patio, a state-of-the-art fitness facility and a heated stone tempidarium. To coincide with the company’s green energy efforts, all parking spaces are EV capable for hybrid and fully electric cars. A touchless car wash, mudroom and workshop round out the development’s unique offerings.
Concord’s master plan extends well beyond The ARC’s lobby—or in this case, two lobbies. Nearly fifty of the False Creek community’s two hundred acres are reserved for public park space, park amenities and seawall. Meanwhile, a promenade running between The ARC’s residential towers offers 22,000 square feet of commercial opportunity. “We really want to keep the city interconnected,” says Murray. And Concord isn’t alone. The City plans to extend its seawall bike and pedestrian route to the focal point between The ARC’s towers, making the ARC the new hub between Marinaside, Coopers Park, Yaletown and the Entertainment District.
It is only fitting that the company credited with influencing an entire era of Vancouverism is now developing one of the city’s most spectacular landmarks. We second Murray when he says, “We’re really excited about it.”