Friday, 23 July 2010

Canada Trip Day 4: The Woodward's Building and aerial views of Vancouver

16 June 2010 - Big AL was so sweet to arrange for us to visit his friend's building, the Wordwards Building, located near Cordova Street in downtown Vancouver. There's so many great things about this visit.

First, getting educated about what would some of the city centre homes look like and Wordwards is all so classy and stylish! I suppose it has to be when it cost about CAN$3-5 million per unit, according to my cousin. Though, we didn't visit his friend's home, we went up to the top of the building where the gym and lounge were. This place is super sweet. The lounge was comfortably furnished with couches and there were pool tables at one corner of the big room. There were kitchen facilities both indoors and outdoors for the residents to throw barbeques and dinners. Outside, there is a hot tub with couches and sunbathing beds! What a great place for a party!

Second, the view is spectacular. I can see BC place, Telus World of Science and Chinatown from up here. Coming up here, I feel like this is my private tower ride where there is no queues, no hassle. Fantastic!

Third is the history of the building, which I only came to know when I saw a poster of an old building with a huge W signage. Much later, I found out that the original building which has been torn down for redevelopment was once the largest supermarket in North America in the 1900s. The tower which the W stood on was actually a replica of the Eiffel Tower.

Wordward's Building - Wikipedia details the history and structure of the building including pictures of the collapse of the original building and reconstruction.

View of (W-43) Wordwards from Cordova Street

The original W signage from the 1900s

Signboard of the building, right in front of the elevator

Poster of the original building of Woodwards

A lounge area with a poster of the W on the original building

Elevator floor buttons

Top floor where the lounge is and check out the view! That's probably Burrard Inlet.

Nice comfy couches with tv playing worldcup 2010 at Woodwards

There are pool tables at the lounge and the fitness centre is above it. Imagine going on the treadmill with the view of Vancouver right below you, hehehe.

Kitchen facilities provided to hold events with friends and family

Hot tub in the shape of a W.

Sunbathing beds

Barbeque facilities and tables

An ideal place to throw a party, and with a great view!

My first ever to visit a washroom with a view!

Canada Place in Vancouver Harbour, train stations, Vancouver Harbour Helliport

Portside Park and Vancouver Harbour

North Vancouver and North Shore mountains, maybe Mount Seymour

Lookout at Vancouver Harbour Centre tower

View of the city - BC place stadium is somewhere on the left

View of BC place stadium zoomed in

Stanley Park

West Cordova Street with many glass buildings

Creekside Park and Telus World of Science

Close-up view of Telus World of Science

Giant clock on Tinseltown cinemas building

View of Southern Part of Vancouver

Aerial view of Vancouver Chinatown

Ferry crossing to North Vancouver

Nice artsy graffiti and murel on a building next to Woodwards

Closeup of graffiti and murel

Cables on poles

Artsy work on a building next to Woodwards

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