Pacific Northwest Architecture

One Wall Centre

Also known as
The Sheraton Wall Centre North Tower
1000 Burrard Street
Vancouver, British Columbia V6Z 2R9
Basic Information
Designed by Busby Perkins + Will
Floors: 48
Neighborhood: Downtown Vancouver
More Information
  • Hotel rooms: 344
  • Residences: 74
  • Levels above grade: 48
  • Levels below grade: 5
  • Height to tip of spire: 517 feet
  • Height to top of mechanical penthouse: 491 feet
  • Height to top of facade: 450 feet
  • Foundation depth: 75 feet.
  • Parking: 350 spaces
  • Residential elevators: 2
  • Public hotel elevators: 3
  • Private hotel elevators: 1
  • Hotel freight elevators: 3
  • Parking garage elevators: 1
  • Escalators: 6
  • Developer: Wall Financial
  • Architect: Peter Wall
  • Architect: Peter Busby
  • Architecture firm: Busby + Associates Architects
  • This building is stabilized by a pair of tuned liquid column dampers, similar to tuned mass dampers used in other skyscrapers.
  • The glass on the lower floors of this building is darker because of a clerical error the city made. The developer requested the darker glazing after meetings were held to assure that a lighter color would be used. Someone with the city approved the darker color, unaware that a lighter color was required.
  • This building's core is made of concrete walls three feet thick.
  • This building is located on the highest point in downtown Vancouver.
  • This building was able to achieve its height because of "denisty transfers." In much the same way buildings in other cities can purchase "air rights" from neighboring buildings to increase their heights, this skyscraper purchased 74,100 square feet of "denisty" from 440 Cambie Street, The Stanley Theatre, and the building that used to be the Vancouver Central Library.
  • This was the first skyscraper in Canada with both hotel and residential components.
  • At the time of its completion, this was the tallest building in Vancouver.
  • This building has an illuminated mechanical penthouse. Its roof starts at 473 feet above the ground and rises to 491 feet.
  • The top of this building is illuminated by 54 lights, at 150 watts each.
  • This building was designed to be Vancouver's first "green" skyscraper.
  • This building has a 7:1 hight to width ratio.
  • 2002: This building was given the Award of Excellence by the Consulting Engineers of British Columbia.
  • 2010: The windows in the residential portion of this building had to be replaced because of fogging, at a cost of CAN$6.5 million.