Major luxury urban resort planned for downtown Kelowna

Kenneth Chan
Aug 31, 2017 12:50 pm
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This is a proposal you would normally expect for downtown Vancouver given its high calibre, but it is actually slated for a lakefront property in downtown Kelowna.

Edmonton-based developer Westcorp has submitted a development application to the City of Kelowna to redevelop the now-closed Willow Inn at 235 Queensway Avenue into a world-class urban resort.

The proposal is for a 32-storey tower consisting of 174 hotel rooms, a conference centre, retail space, and restaurant and coffee shop with patios on the ground-level next to Kerry Park.

This latest design a revamp of a previously approved proposal that called for a 24-storey building with 189 hotel rooms and 25 long-stay rental suites.

Artistic rendering of the proposed waterfront hotel resort tower at 235 Queensway Avenue in downtown Kelowna. ((Westcorp / GCA Architects / IBI Group)

The added height of the new design allows for the incorporation of 49 market residential units above the hotel portion of the tower and a unique dining amenity on the 16th floor – a “sky restaurant” and culinary venue with 16-ft-high ceilings and panoramic views of the city and Okanagan Lake.

Artistic rendering of the proposed waterfront hotel resort tower at 235 Queensway Avenue in downtown Kelowna. ((Westcorp / GCA Architects / IBI Group)

While the previous design called for a large above-ground parkade with 242 parking stalls, the latest design has two separate underground parking areas, with 156 stalls for hotel and public parking and 133 secured stalls for tower residents.

Designed by Barcelona’s GCA Architects and Canadian firm IBI Group, the tower has a slender, elliptical shape and is intended to be a landmark building in Kelowna’s emerging city centre.

“The slender massing of the tower is punctuated with the mid-level banding of the sky restaurant that balances the tower’s vertical elements at the base and at its mid-section into two proportionally pleasing…

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