Developer says condo's design aims to live up to iconic location

The Victoria Times

Atelier on Robson will rise on one of the last remaining residential sites on Robson Street,the buzz of urban Vancouver outside and a cool,contemporary calmness inside.

"Architecturally,it's going to be very strong and fitting of an iconic location," says developer Henry Man.

The building will stand kitty-corner to another Vancouver icon,the Vancouver Public Library with its Roman Colosseum reference. Depending on the position of the suites, there will be views of the NorthShore mountains, Coal Harbour, BurrardInlet, Stanley Park and Mount Baker.

"During the 2010 Olympics,residents have a view from the observation deck, of Library Square where Olympic festivities will be taking place," Man says.

Atelier, designed by IBI/HB HancockBruckner, riffs on the circular curves ofthe Vancouver Public Library and the Westin Grand Hotel which mimics the curves of a piano. "The look and feel willbe contemporary and high-end. The podium level will be 50 feet high with the clean look of glass and not a lot of framing. We've pulled the tower back from the podium for a feeling of space around the building."

Amenities will include a gardening deck and restricted elevator access where residents can only go to their own floor.