One Wall Centre

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One Wall Centre
One Wall Centre.jpg
General information
Status Complete
Type Residential condominiums
Architectural style Modernism
Location 1088 Burrard Street
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Coordinates 49°16′50″N 123°07′37″W / 49.28046°N 123.1270°W / 49.28046; -123.1270Coordinates: 49°16′50″N 123°07′37″W / 49.28046°N 123.1270°W / 49.28046; -123.1270
Construction started 1998
Completed 2001
Antenna spire 157.8 m (518 ft)
Roof 149.8 m (491 ft)
Technical details
Floor count 48
Floor area 42,955 m2 (462,360 sq ft)
Lifts/elevators 8
Design and construction
Architect Perkins and Will
Developer Wall Financial Corporation
Structural engineer Glotman•Simpson Consulting Engineers
Main contractor Siemens Development
Other information
Number of units Rooms = 344
Suites = 70
Condo = 74

One Wall Centre, also known as the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre North Tower, is a 48-storey, 157.8 m (518 ft) skyscraper hotel with residential condominiums in the Wall Centre development at 1088 Burrard Street in Downtown Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The tower was designed by Perkins+Will Canada, and completed in 2001, and went on to win the Emporis Skyscraper Award for the Best New Skyscraper the same year. As of March 2018 it is the fourth-tallest building in the city.


The first 27 floors of the building are the 4 Diamond Sheraton Hotel. Floors 28, 29, and 30 are the Club Intrawest Resort floors; which are operated independent of Sheraton. Floors 31 to 48 are residential condominiums. The One Wall Centre tower is part of the Wall Centre complex owned by Wall Financial Corporation and was largely the vision of Peter Wall.


To counteract possible harmonic swaying during high winds, One Wall has a tuned water damping system at the top level of the building which consists of two specially designed 50,000-imperial-gallon (60,000 U.S. gal; 227,300 L)[5] water tanks. These tanks are designed so that the harmonic frequency of the sloshing of the water in the tanks counteracts the harmonic frequency of the swaying of the building.

The Sheraton Wall Centre required a 23 m (75 ft) deep excavation — the deepest excavation prior to Living Shangri-La for a building in the city.[5]

According to the June 2004 edition of Elevator World, Richmond Elevator Maintenance Ltd. won a contract for the lowest bid to supply the building's elevators, one of the local elevator firm's first examples of traction elevators. The installation features 10 elevators, 8 of which are high speed geared machines. The hotel is served by four 1,400 kg (3,100 lb) traction elevators at 244 m/min (800 ft/min), with a group of 3 for public usage and a single private VIP access elevator. There are also two hotel service elevators with 1,800 kg (4,000 lb) capacity each at 213 m/min (700 ft/min). The apartments are served by 2 elevators, each with a capacity of 1,600 kg (3,500 lb) at 305 m/min (1,000 ft/min). There are also 2 roped hydraulic elevators: the 1,400 kg (3,100 lb) to serve the parking garage, and the 2,300 kg (5,100 lb) to serve the banquet floors. There are 6 escalators installed by Fujitec.

Cultural references[edit]

  • This building was featured in the movie X-Men: The Last Stand as one of the buildings they used to give the cure to the mutants.
  • The opening sequence of The Core, where a man collapses at a business meeting and the camera pans out to the street to show a number of simultaneous accidents, was filmed here.
  • The plaza directly in front of this building was used in exterior shots for the 1996 Fox TV series Profit to represent the immediate area outside the corporate offices of fictional Gracen & Gracen Inc (G&G). While the One Wall Centre building did not exist in 1996 when the series was filmed, the two towers immediately adjacent to this building were featured prominently in the series as the corporate headquarters for G&G.
  • The courtyard of the Wall Centre appears in Caprica's season 1 episode, "Retribution".


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