Yaletown

The formally powerful hundred-year-old Yaletown warehouse district, with its stepped cross-section loading docks that brilliantly exploit the natural slope of the land. For the most part, this is four to six storey brick warehouse territory, and the new buildings carefully respond and relate to this context, in both form and materials.

Generally, new elements are stepped to align with adjacent existing cornice heights and are clad in similar red brick. This distinction is as it should be, in a city that is frequently presented with "Heritage as a Style". With its evolving mix of high-tech start-ups, advertising agencies, furniture stores, fashion designers, artists studios, pool halls and restaurants, and now both upscale and subsidized residents, Yaletown is perhaps the closest Vancouver comes to the dynamic potential of a district such as Manhattan's Soho.

Although it brought a wave of gentrification to this previously all but forgotten part of town, there is no doubt that first phase of Concord Pacific Place regenerated this precinct and helped to repair the city's downtown edge. It also set a high standard for subsequent condos development.