Jameson House

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Address 838 West Hastings
Neighbourhood Downtown
Year Built 2011
Developer Bosa
Architect Foster + Partners
Interior Designer Foster + Partners
Floors 37
Total number of residences 138

Introduction

Jameson House was a leader in architectural courage in Vancouver with its 4 signature bays along its western façade. This contemporary building, offering a 24/7 concierge lifestyle, was Foster + Partners first residential design project in North America. Headquartered in London, the firm’s international acclaim is longstanding and earned through such projects as London’s new Wembley Stadium and Beijing’s new international airport.

The development was complex and the design team expertly interweaved residential, commercial, and retail uses; the building with its surroundings; modern with heritage; and, high density with a small footprint. They achieved a sophisticated and minimalist aesthetic that’s unparalleled in Vancouver and continuous throughout the building exterior, the interior common areas, and each residence.

The building floors are numbered in sequential fashion without missing any numbers, rather novel for its period of construction as skipping floor 13 and all floors with the number 4 was in fashion. Its exterior distinguishes between the different uses with retail and offices beginning at street level, including behind the rejuvenated historical façades.

Offices continue upwards behind a modern angular glass exterior until they yield to the residences starting on level 14 and continuing through to level 37. The 4 wide and outwardly projected bays demark the residential floors and are stepped out from the front of the building to optimize views, including of Coal Harbour and the North Shore Mountains.

A concierge and double-height lobby clad in travertine tile provides a warm welcome to residents and visitors. The residential and office tenants part ways in the lobby as each have dedicated elevators, three past the concierge and behind a secondary security door for the residents and two down a separate hallway for the commercial tenants.

Amenities
24 hour concierge / parking attendant / meeting room / bike room
By-Law Restrictions
Allow rentals for a minimum of 1 year lease / allow 1 dog or 1 cat (as of Nov 2017)
Residences

The building offers a variety of floorplans, from a studio through to an expansive 3 bedroom penthouse, with most having outdoor space. There are a select number of residences in the ‘organic series’ that offer unique architectural elements, the most prominent being pronounced rounded walls. Five penthouses crown the building, each with 2 levels of interior living space plus a private rooftop terrace on level 38.

The 2009 Development Disclosure projected the development’s 138 homes to be the following:

  • 1 studio home
  • 39 one bedroom homes
  • 5 one bedroom plus den homes
  • 74 two bedroom homes
  • 18 two bedroom plus den homes
  • 1 three bedroom plus den homes

East and south facing residences tend to have rectangular floorplans while those facing west include the rounded bays. While rounded walls can pose an interior design issue, the spaciousness of the Jameson House floorplans make them a design feature rather than a hinderance. Overheight 9 foot ceilings add to the spaciousness of the residences.

The residence finishing beautifully suits those who appreciate a modern minimalist aesthetic. Luxurious home features include travertine tile or wide-plank oak flooring in the main living space, carpet in the bedrooms, and tile in the bathrooms. The environment is controlled by in-floor radiant cooling and heating thereby eliminating visible components such as baseboard heaters.

All floorplans have a linear wall-mounted kitchen and larger floorplans also have an island. The kitchens were offered in 3 colour schemes: cool white, dark charcoal, and warm oak. The minimalist theme continues in the kitchen with flat faced and handleless cabinet doors, panelled fridge and dishwasher, and concealed outlets. Dada Italy kitchen cabinets, Gaggenau and Subzero appliances, stainless steel counters, and a backlit backsplash complete the refined aesthetic.

The bedrooms have built-in closets with paneling in a similar theme to the back painted glass walls in the bathroom. Bathrooms also have frameless showers, wall-hung sinks and toilets, backlit backsplashes, and sleek frameless mirrors concealing storage. Larger floorplans have separated bath and showers while others have them integrated.

DOCUMENT: Jameson House – Developer Specifications

Highlights from the Developer brochure:

Interiors

  • Under floor heating and cooling systems that are silent
  • Nine foot ceilings
  • Imported travertine ‘Osso’ stone flooring throughout the residences with high quality carpet in bedrooms
  • Bosch washer and dryer
  • Customized home automation was offered

Kitchen

  • Two themes: Cool White (polished white glass with travertine stone floor) or Warm Natural (natural oak panels
    with travertine stone floor)
  • In some suites, the glass or stone-topped cantilevered island countertop may be lowered or raised for bar seating or dining.
  • Custom, stainless steel countertop
  • Stainless steel backsplash with built-in illuminated glass lighting panel
  • Hidden integrated power outlets
  • Gaggenau stainless steel gas cooktop, oven, and dishwasher
  • Built-in stainless steel microwave
  • Sub-Zero integrated refrigerator/freezer

Bathrooms

  • Two themes: Cool White (white glass + Italian onyx verde) or Warm Natural (off-white glass and translucent Turkish marble)
  • Imported oversized stone flooring and tiles
  • Built-in frameless mirrored vanity
  • Stone deck and tub surround
  • Separate frameless glass walk-in showers with stainless steel floor grills or integrated bath and shower
  • Dornbracht faucets from Germany
  • Wall-hung concealed tank toilet and basins from Duravit, Germany
  • Hansgrohe rain shower head with separate handheld shower spray

VIDEO: A 2 bedroom 2 bathroom floorplan (units 2102-3002; Floorplan M) with cool white kitchen and travertine flooring.

Notable Features

Heritage preservation – With astute forethought, the development included the preservation and restoration of two historically significant buildings. The Ceperley Rounsfell Building (1921) was returned to its previous form while the façade of the Royal Financial Building (1929) was retained. In an engineering feat, these historic structures were supported suspended in air while excavation and construction occurred beneath them. Today, the Jameson House parking levels extend below these structures.

The Ceperley Rounsfell Building was commissioned and occupied by a real estate and insurance company in the then thriving and affluent financial district. The building is significant not just for its Georgian Revival style but also its architect, Sharp and Thompson, whose achievements include designing the nearby Vancouver Club and the first master plan for the University of British Columbia. Further adding to its significance, one of the founders, Henry T. Ceperley, helped shape Vancouver as he encouraged Van Horne of the Canadian Pacific Railway to propose the creation of Stanley Park. Source: Canada’s Historic Places

PHOTO: Steel reinforcement supporting the façade of the Royal Financial Building on the left and the entire Ceperley Rounsfell Building on the far left (photo was taken from the alley looking towards Hastings Street).

Parking – With the compact building footprint arose the challenge to provide sufficient parking. To the delight of car and technology fans, the solution was an automated valet system that, while common in western Europe and Japan, was the first of its kind in Canada. Impressively, the system reduced the levels required for 239 parking spaces from 12 to 7 levels.

There are four bays, two for dropping off your car and two for retrieving your car. Upon entering the parkade, you will be directed to a particular bay to park. Once you swipe a personal card and input your code, the system transports your car to an available spot. For retrieval, you again use your card and code and the system will deliver your car to one of two bays. After 2 or 3 uses, I found the use of the system to be routine.

VIDEO: Jameson House automated valet system

Development Team

The Pappajohn family of Vancouver began this ambitious project but experienced financial challenges when a major financier backed out during the 2008 recession. Consequently, when the project was both a literal and figurative hole in the ground, they brought in Bosa Properties to help complete the development. As an apparent endorsement of the quality of the project, Bosa Properties opted to make Jameson House the location of their head office.

Neighbourhood

Being in the heart of our commercial centre, the neighbourhood leans towards a business atmosphere. During business hours, the streets are bustling with office workers while after hours it is calmer. There are plentiful shops, services, restaurants, and cafes nearby. A favourite cafe and popular with business professionals is the 2 level JJ Bean, 353 Burrard Street, in the historic Marine Building. Even if you do not drink coffee, it is worth a visit to enjoy the details in the building lobby.

You can walk to the following amenities in under 5 minutes:

  • SFU Coal Harbour
  • Terminal City Club
  • Vancouver Club
  • Fairmont Pacific Rim
  • Waterfront Station (skytrain and ferry)

You can walk to the following amenities in 5-10 minutes:

  • Equinox
  • Steve Nash Fitness
  • Urban Fare
  • Meinhardt Fine Foods
  • Nesters Market
  • Shoppers Drug Mart
  • Seawall Water Park
  • Vancouver Convention Centre
  • Holt Renfrew
  • Nordstrom
  • Burrard Station
  • Vancouver Harbour Seaplane Terminal

Map

Floorplans

    Floors 14 - 20
    898 sf Living
    90 sf Balcony
    Floors 14 - 20
    942 sq Living
    91 sf Balcony
    Floors 14 - 30
    601 sf Living
    No Balcony
    Floors 14 - 16
    1119 sf Living
    No Balcony
    Floors 17 - 30
    814 sf Living
    73 sf Balcony
    Floors 14 - 30
    1027 sf Living
    91 sf Balcony
    Floors 14 - 16
    1103 sf Living
    89 sf Balcony
    Floors 21 - 30
    915 sf Living
    47 sf Balcony
    Floors 17 - 20
    1478 sf Living
    89 sf Balcony
    Floors 31 - 35
    1928 sf Living
    91 sf Balcony
    Floors 21 - 30
    2043 sf Living
    89 sf Balcony
    Floors 21 - 30
    1747 sf Living
    93 sf Balcony
    Floors 31 - 35
    1924 sf Living
    122 sf Balcony
    Floors 31 - 35
    2102 sf Living
    89 sf Balcony
    Floors 17 - 20
    Floorplate

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    This representation is based in whole or in part on data generated by the Chilliwack & District Real Estate Board, Fraser Valley Real Estate Board or Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver which assumes no responsibility for its accuracy. Copyright 2018 by the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver, Fraser Valley Real Estate Board, Chilliwack and District Real Estate Board, and BC Northern Real Estate Board. All Rights Reserved.

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