The Exchange Tower is the newest downtown office building:

From Iredale Architecture:
This project involves rehabilitating the Old Stock Exchange Building and adding a 31-storey office tower.  The heritage status of the original building is being retained, and the entire project is targeting LEED Platinum certification—which will make it the second-largest LEED Platinum building in Canada.

With the financial backing of Credit Suisse and Basel-based Harry Gugger Studio,  along with Iredale, as architect of record, it’s being characterized as “Swiss Style on the West Coast” – apparently a buttoned-down corporate sleekness.

The Pinstripe Principle

The Pinstripe Principle defines the design of The Exchange. The pinstripes themselves are aluminum louvres – beginning at ground level of the new building and stretching skywards above the original Edwardian building – creating a seamless integration of the two structures.

So … what do you think?  Sleek, discreet or just boring?  Successful integration of heritage or facadism?  Contextual or crowded?


  1. Pin stripe is a good description: a bit on the boring side — safe, anonymous. But then again, so was the old stock exchange. We tend to fantasize that the original building was “ambitious” and “modern” in its day. But its day was the time when my grandfather was a pillar of the Vancouver community and that community was nothing if not conventional and colonial in its aspirations. I wish the original building had done more than just stand there and occupy a street corner. There are better models to preserve.

  2. Very nicely done.
    The louvres are sun shades.
    The louvres are also to appease the residential neighbours across the alley at Jameson House, as they are deep enough so that they block tangential views from the offices into the condos.

  3. I really like it.
    I wish the bulge could be repeated as a taper up higher, as in with another 20 floors on top of it. But view cones and stuff… A 200m version of this would be positively amazing.

  4. Congratulations to the architect and developer – a handsome addition to the city which will stand the test of time – unfortunately unlike many of it’s recent neighbors.

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