List of tallest buildings in Vancouver facts for kids
Vancouver, British Columbia, in Canada has more high-rise buildings per capita than most North American metropolitan centres with populations exceeding 1,000,000. Vancouver's population density is the 4th-highest in North America and the city has more residential high-rises per capita than any other city on the continent.
There are roughly 650 high-rise buildings that equal or exceed 35 m (115 ft), and roughly 50 buildings that equal or exceed 100 metres (328 ft). Vancouver has 27 protected view corridors which limit the construction of tall buildings which interfere with the line of sight to the North Shore Mountains, the downtown skyline, and the waters of English Bay and the Strait of Georgia. Almost all of Vancouver's buildings that exceed 100 metres in height are located within Downtown Vancouver.
The tallest building in Vancouver is the 62-storey, 201 m (659 ft) Living Shangri-La and represents the city's efforts to add visual interest into Vancouver's skyline. The Private Residences at Hotel Georgia, completed in 2012 at 157 m (515 ft) and 48 stories, is currently the third-tallest in the city. One Wall Centre, at 150 m (492 ft) tall, with 48 storeys, is currently the city's fourth tallest building. One Wall Centre has the distinction of being the first building in the world to use a tuned liquid column damper to control wind vibrations. The recently completed Trump Vancouver at 188 metres is now the city's second tallest building.
Vancouver's history of skyscrapers began with the Dominion Building (1909), the Sun Tower (1911) (originally named the World Tower, then the News-Advertiser Tower, after the newspaper it was home to in each case), the Vancouver Block (1912), the second Hotel Vancouver (1916) and the Marine Building (1929). The third Hotel Vancouver was completed in 1939 at 111 m (364 ft) tall, and was the first building in the city to have stood taller than 100 m (328 ft).
Building construction remained slow in the city until the late 1960s, other than the completion of the new BC Electric headquarters (soon renamed BC Hydro headquarters, and today the Electra condominiums). From 1968 to 1981, Vancouver witnessed a major expansion of skyscraper and high-rise construction. Many of the city's office towers were completed during this period, such as the Harbour Centre, Bentall Centre, Royal Centre, Granville Square and Pacific Centre office tower/mall complexes. A ten-year lull in building construction came after the expansion, though Vancouver experienced a larger second building expansion beginning in 1991 and continuing into the present.
In the last two decades Vancouver's pioneering urbanism, with its density and innovative developments, has been emulated by major cities throughout the world. As part of the city's push for liveable high-density areas (called Vancouverism by planning theorists), many mixed-use and residential buildings were built, such as Concord Pacific Place, the largest master-planned residential complex in North America. One Wall Centre and Living Shangri-La were the city's first buildings to break the 150 m (492 ft) and 200 m (656 ft) marks, respectively.
This list ranks buildings in Vancouver that stand at least 100 m (328 ft) tall, based on CTBUH height measurement standards. This includes spires and architectural details but does not include antenna masts. An equal sign (=) following a rank indicates the same height between two or more buildings.
|1||Living Shangri-La||200.9 m (659 ft)||62||2009||This is the 44th tallest building in Canada. It is also the tallest building in the city of Vancouver and in British Columbia.|
|2||Trump International Hotel and Tower||187.8 m (616 ft)||63||2016||Tied with Altus in Burnaby for the second tallest building in British Columbia.|
|3||One Burrard Place||167.6 m (550 ft)||54||2021||Topped out.|
|4||The Private Residences at Hotel Georgia||158.5 m (520 ft)||48||2012|
|5||Vancouver House||150.3 m (493 ft)||49||2019||Topped out. Features a top-heavy design that is unique in Vancouver.|
|6||One Wall Centre||149.8 m (491 ft)||48||2001||This building is also known as the Sheraton Wall Centre.|
|7||Shaw Tower||149.0 m (488.8 ft)||41||2004|
|8||Harbour Centre||147.0 m (482.3 ft)||42||1977||This is the tallest office building in the city.|
|9||MNP Tower||143.1 m (469 ft)9||36||2015||Seeking Platinum LEED certification, will be Gold LEED at least.|
|10||The Melville||141.4 m (464 ft)||43||2007||This building is the tallest all-residential tower in Vancouver. The building also has the tallest rooftop pool in the city.|
|11||Royal Centre||141.0 m (462.6 ft)||37||1973||This building is also known as the RBC Tower or Royal Bank Tower.|
|12||Bentall 5||140.1 m (460 ft)||34||2007|
|13||Park Place||140.0 m (459.3 ft)||35||1984||This building is the largest office building in British Columbia with a floor area of 64,856 square metres (698,104 sq ft).|
|14||Fairmont Pacific Rim||139.6 m (458 ft)||44||2010|
|15||Granville Square||138.4 m (454 ft)||30||1973||Also known as 200 Granville Square. The roof of the building features Vancouver Harbour Control Tower, the highest air traffic control tower in the world.|
|16=||Four Bentall Centre||138.0 m (452.8 ft)||35||1981|
|16=||Scotia Tower||138.0 m (452.8 ft)||34||1977|
|18||Telus Garden||135.6 m (445 ft)||54||2014||LEED Platinum for Office Building and LEED Gold certification for Residential Tower as part of the new downtown Telus headquarters project.|
|19||Patina||127.4 m (418 ft)||42||2011|
|20||TD Tower||127.1 m (417 ft)||30||1972||This building is also known as the Toronto Dominion Tower.|
|21||Capitol Residences||126.2 m (414 ft)||43||2011|
|22||The Charleson||125.0 m (410.1 ft)||42||2018|
|23||The Mark||123.4 m (405 ft)||41||2013|
|24||Woodward's 43||122.3 m (401 ft)||41||2010||This building is also known as W43 or the W Building.|
|25=||1300 Richards Street||121.9 m (400 ft)||43||2017|
|25=||Three Bentall Centre||121.9 m (400 ft)||32||1974||This building is also known as the Bank of Montreal Tower.|
|27||Jameson House||118.6 m (389 ft)||38||2011|
|28||The Ritz||118.3 m (388 ft)||37||2008|
|29||West One||117.0 m (383.9 ft)||38||2002||This building is also known as Beach Crescent - West One.|
|30||Cathedral Place||116.4 m (382 ft)||23||1991|
|31=||Marriott Pinnacle Hotel||114.3 m (375 ft)||35||2000|
|31=||The Exchange||114.3 m (375 ft)||31||2017|
|33||West Pender Place 1||112.8 m (370 ft)||36||2011|
|34||Sheraton Wall Centre Hotel - West Tower||110.9 m (364 ft)||35||1994|
|35||Hotel Vancouver||110.6 m (363 ft)||17||1939|
|36||Venus||109.4 m (359 ft)||34||2000|
|37||Hyatt Regency Vancouver||108.8 m (357 ft)||35||1973||This building is also known as the Hyatt Regency Hotel.|
|38||Residences on Georgia (West)||108 m (354 ft)||36||1998|
|39||Marine Gateway North||107 m (351 ft)||30||2015||The only Vancouver skyscraper exceeding 100 metres in height that is located outside of Downtown Vancouver.|
|40=||The Pinnacle||106.1 m (348 ft)||36||1996|
|40=||Callisto||106.1 m (348 ft)||35||2004|
|40=||Dolce||106.1 m (348 ft)||31||2010|
|43=||Landmark 33||106 m (348 ft)||35||1998||This building is also known as Marina Pointe - Landmark 33.|
|43=||Residences on Georgia (East)||106 m (348 ft)||36||1998|
|45||Two Harbour Green||105.1 m (345 ft)||31||2008|
|46=||1177 West Hastings||104.2 m (342 ft)||27||1968|
|46=||Oceanic Plaza||104.2 m (342 ft)||26||1977|
|48||1075 West Georgia||103.6 m (340 ft)||27||1968||Originally known as the MacMillan Bloedel Building.|
|49||Quay West Tower I||103 m (338 ft)||35||2002||This building is also known as Marina Crescent - Quay West I.|
|50||Elan||102.7 m (337 ft)||34||2008|
|51||FortisBC Centre||101.2 m (332 ft)||24||1992||Located at 1111 West Georgia Street, it was formerly known as the Terasen Centre and was previously the site of the Rayonier Building (originally known as the Alaska White Pine Building), ca. 1954 to 1990.|
|52=||Paris Place||100.5 m (330 ft)||33||1995|
|52=||HSBC Building||100.5 m (330 ft)||23||1987|
|54||Canaccord Tower||100.3 m (329 ft)||24||1981||This building is also known as Canaccord Place.|
|55||Coast Plaza Hotel & Suites||100.2 m (329 ft)||32||1969|
|56=||Carmana Plaza||100 m (330 ft)||34||1999|
|56=||Guinness Tower||100 m (330 ft)||25||1969|
* Indicates buildings that are still under construction but have been topped out.
= Indicates buildings that have the same rank because they have the same height.
Tallest proposed and under construction
This table lists skyscrapers that are under construction in Vancouver that will rise over 100 m (328 ft) tall.
|The Butterfly||178.6 m (586 ft)||57||2023||Upon completion it will be the third tallest building in Vancouver.|
|One Burrard Place||168 m (551 ft)||53||2020||This tower will be the tallest in the new Burrard Place complex and upon completion it will be the third tallest building in Vancouver.|
|The Stack||162.3 m (532 ft)||38||2022|
|1550 Alberni||135 m (443 ft)||38||2022|
|Vancouver Centre II||122.8 m (403 ft)||33||2021|
|Tate on Howe||115.2 m (378 ft)||39||2021|
This table lists proposed skyscrapers in Vancouver that are planned to rise over 100 m (328 ft) tall.
|1075 Nelson street||178 m (584 ft)||60||To be determined||Proposed|
|601 Beach Crescent||171 m (561 ft)||55||To be determined||Proposed|
|1445 West Georgia||156.7 m (514 ft)||38||To be determined||Approved|
|1500 West Georgia||152 m (499 ft)||51||To be determined||Proposed|
This table lists buildings in Vancouver that were demolished or destroyed and at one time stood at least 100 metres (328 ft) in height.
Timeline of tallest buildings
This is a list of buildings that in the past held the title of tallest building in Vancouver.
|Name||Image||Street address||Years as tallest||Height
|Dominion Building||207 W. Hastings St.||1910–1912||53.3 m (175 ft)||14|
|Sun Tower||100 W. Pender St.||1912–1914||84.1 m (276 ft)||17|
|Marine Building||355 Burrard St.||1930–1939||97.8 m (321 ft)||21|
|Hotel Vancouver||900 W. Georgia St.||1939–1972||111.0 m (364.2 ft)||17|
|TD Tower||700 W. Georgia St.||1972–1973||127.1 m (417 ft)||30|
|Royal Centre||1055 W. Georgia St.||1973–1977||141.4 m (464 ft)||37|
|Harbour Centre||555 W. Hastings St.||1977–2001||146.6 m (481 ft)||28|
|One Wall Centre||1000 Burrard St.||2001–2008||149.7 m (491 ft)||48|
|Living Shangri-La||1120 W. Georgia St.||2008–present||200.9 m (659 ft)||62|
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