I will be selecting one development and explaining the history, the features, and its location within Vancouver.

To begin I have selected the Amacon development The Meville in Coal Harbour which completed in May of 2007.

Designed as a landmark residential tower which would be instantly recognizable on the downtown skyline, The Melville integrates a unique residential tower with hotel, retail and office space.

One of Vancouver’s tallest buildings, its 400-foot height was earned under a special design-panel review which determined it achieved “architectural excellence in world terms” by virtue of its unique architecture featuring copper cladding, a distinctive lit-glass sail and a rooftop sky garden, pool and hot tub. Architects were flown in from out of town to assist in the special planning required.

Due to its location one block from the heart of the Central Business District and SkyTrain, the Melville is able to further the city’s goal of densification in the downtown area, while its mixed-use nature encourages street activity in the surrounding areas throughout the day as the commercial component tenants include starbucks, sushi go, a car rental company and a salad bar.

The development also provides a home for Volunteer Vancouver, a non-profit organization.

The residentail tower was marketed in a bronze, silver, and gold manner. Below the 20th floor the suites had 8 foot ceilings, between 20-42 nine foot ceilings allow ample light. Above the 33rd floor there were only 4 suites per floor and air conditioning was added. Features include:

The Melville offers spectacular one, two and three bedroom homes Core elements of stone, natural concrete, heavy timber, and weathered copper represent the surrounding natural beauty. Foundations of glazed glass soar into the sky, show-casing light and breathtaking views: the North Shore Mountains, the glittering sunrise to the east, ocean sunsets to the west, and the southern city lights.The Melville Terrace Garden offers soft planted gardens and sitting areas for peaceful reflection and outdoor entertaining. Winding walkways beside a relaxing stream. Lounging patio are for quiet enjoyment.The Melville Lounge, an all-inclusive space with a grand entertainment room plus serving kitchen and wet bar, Games area with billiard table, a library lounge area with cozy fireplace, a media room with large screen TV, children’s play area, and an entertaining patio with BBQ area.The Melville Sky Garden – 44 storeys above downtown Vancouver, the sky garden offers soft planted gardens and sitting areas with unobstructed views and poolside patio area. The Melville Sky Spa is a relaxing rooftop retreat complete with sparkling 40 ft. lap pool, calming hot tub, soothing sauna and fully-equipped fitness centre.
The Bathroom

  • Deep contour soaker tub
  • Chrome single-lever fixtures
  • Porcelain floor tile
  • Ceramic & porcelain tile tub and shower surround
  • Granite vanity countertop
  • Undermount porcelain vanity basin
  • Full size frameless glass shower
  • wood framed full width vanity mirror
  • Cosmetic bar lighting

The Kitchen

  • Hand-set porcelain floor tile
  • Polished double thick granite kitchen countertop with backsplash
  • Under-mounted double stainless steel sink
  • Chrome single-lever fixture and pullout vegetable spray
  • Kitchen Aid appliance package of: side-by-side fridge, gas cook-top, dishwasher, built-in oven & microwave 
  • Halogen track lighting
The Interior

  • 1, 2 & 3 Bedrooms
  • Wood suite entry door
  • Porcelain floor tile in entry, kitchen and bathrooms
  • Floor to ceiling windows
  • Electric fireplace with hardwood mantel
  • Decora-style light switches
  • Chrome door hardware

The Standard

  • Elegant exterior landscaping
  • 3 high speed passenger elevators with secure floor access
  • All suites wired for high-speed internet access
  • 24-hour concierge service
  • Secured underground parking
  • Sizable storage locker & bicycle storage
  • Security card access to main entrance, underground parking, recreational areas and elevators
  • Video monitoring security entry system
  • Smoke alarm safety systems in every home
  • Hotel-style lock and viewer on entry door