Vancouver has always been a one of the world’s most desirable places to live, and now a new crop of office buildings is elevating its work life, too, turning downtown offices into destinations for well-being, recreation, learning…and yes, work, too.
The 32-story B6 was developed by BentallGreenOak, one of Canada’s largest real estate investment trusts, and a major shaper of the office landscape in Vancouver over the past few decades. B6 was a departure, an office building with a rich suite of residentially-inspired amenities designed to attract demanding companies and talent. Resonance, which works on many more residential than commercial properties, was the perfect choice to tell the story of B6.
We treated the building as an ideal balance of productivity, recreation and location, traditional and cutting-edge ingredients for liveability. We focused on the wellness that had been designed into the building: the outdoor spaces and rooftop deck, the hotel-quality end-of-trip and fitness facilities—deluxe showers and bike washing and storing space that encourage cycling to work—as well as the excellent walkability score (transit and the harborfront are a block away), setting the stage for mind-clearing, inspiration-provoking strolls.
We featured the health-enhancing infrastructure of B6: the WELL, WIRED and LEEDS-gold certification, the enhanced ventilation (prescient!) and the flexibility built into the floorplates—B6 is virtually column-free, which gives tenants ideal flexibility, especially, as it turns out, post-pandemic, with the return-to-the-office (r)evolution in full swing.
In a suite of materials, we positioned B6 as the office environment that can adapt to the shifting cultures of work, a harbinger and a leader.