Concert’s plan for Harbourside entails combining 700 condominium homes and 100 rental apartments with over 200,000 square feet of high-quality office, a 100,000-square-foot hotel and over 40,000 square feet of retail in order to create an active and animated waterfront community with its own distinct sense of place.
Harbourside’s location is uniquely in tune with the natural world – it occupies a prime waterfront location with trail connectivity and magnificent views of the ocean and the North Shore mountains. The property also has a dynamic history as part of a working waterfront which remains in operation to this day. Through the development process there was considerable time spent envisioning how exactly to create something which would simultaneously acknowledge the site’s unique position in the City while at the same time paying homage to the working nature of this stretch of North Vancouver’s waterfront – all in an effort to make Harbourside a destination for those across the North Shore and beyond.
The creation of animated shopping streets filled with unique, boutique retailers along with dynamic gathering places will help establish Harbourside as a destination. The integration of recreational areas, including a generous amount of park space and an expansion of the Spirit Trail will further this goal – especially since an expanded Spirit Trail will provide opportunities for online roulette, walking, riding, rollerblading and running for kilometers east and west of Harbourside. These efforts are intended to make Harbourside into a destination while preserving the site’s connections to the natural world. Harbourside’s uniqueness will be further accentuated with the careful selection of materials throughout the buildings and landscaped public spaces. Materials which connect to the natural world and weather authentically will be combined with elements which evoke an “industrial chic” language – think soft colored brick, concrete, wood and steel. To contrast, smooth metal panels and flush glass will be used as a subtle reference to the shine of a boat in the harbour.
We are confident that these considerations will result in a community which possess its own identity and sense of place, allowing it to become one of the most dynamic and desirable communities in the Lower Mainland.