Turning Coal into Diamonds
Coal Harbour is one of North America’s most beautiful urban waterfront communities. Looking at it today, visitors see no trace of the old railway yard and industrial waterfront that once occupied Vancouver’s inner harbour. Over the years, Aspac transformed the area into Vancouver’s most prestigious and sought-after residential neighbourhood – one that has increased in value more than any other area in the Lower Mainland.
Known worldwide for its spectacular natural setting and elegant aesthetic, Coal Harbour has become a destination for locals and tourists alike, with miles of oceanfront pathways and parkland, marinas, cafés and restaurants. Today, the finest of Coal Harbour residences are in the 8 high-rises that Aspac built in two developments along the waterfront: 5 buildings in Waterfront Place, and 3 buildings in Harbour Green Place.
Waterfront Place, Aspac’s first Coal Harbour development, was completed in September 2003. Each of the 5 towers was named after a famous European city: Avila, Bauhinia, Cascina, Denia and Escala. In 2004, the Canadian Home Builders’ Association (CHBA) recognized Waterfront Place’s excellence by awarding a Gold Georgie to Cascina and Denia for Best Multi-Family Development of the year.
Private Development Funds Public Art
One of the most striking features of the two award-winning towers, Cascina and Denia, is the lagoon courtyard that links them. One storey above the street, it is one of the largest private courtyards in the city, but at either end of the lagoon the water spills over the edges and tumbles down to street level, where it becomes part of a display of public art.
The public art at Waterfront Place is part of a larger program funded by private development – part of Aspac’s vision of a diverse and dynamic waterfront. Works from artists and poets that reference Coal Harbour’s history as a working seaport are located at strategic viewpoints along the shoreline.