What better way to begin our narrative on 3 Civic Plaza than to invite you in through the Lobby — the great room concept that will be both our entrance to the building and our social salon for residents, locals, and world travellers alike. Yes, the building itself will be beautiful, and iconic, and the tallest tower South of the Fraser. But, consider that what will make it most valuable is the Lobby. The Lobby is the hub that connects all the uses of the building with the broader spaces in and around the Civic Plaza, Surrey City Centre, and the Metro Vancouver region.
Our innovation was to dispense with the traditional lobby approach: one of keeping various entrances and elevator banks sequestered and separate. Instead, we merged our entrances into one grand lobby shared equally by the residences, the offices, and the hotel. On the surface, this may not seem like much of an ‘innovation’, but a shared lobby fundamentally changes the way people interact with each other in what essentially becomes a public space in a private building.
Collaboratively designed by BC-based Cotter Architects and Portland-based ZGF Architects, The Lobby is unlike anything we’ve developed before. The soaring two story “glass box” lobby is punctuated by a ceiling and back wall constructed of faceted walnut panels that are trimmed in maple. The lobby design is a multi-cultural expression that draws inspiration from the surrounding forests and the rich regional history of the timber industry. A modern sculptural staircase of walnut, stainless steel and glass is centrally located in the lobby. The stair acts as a hub that houses reception and concierge functions and draws guests to the second level amenities, which include the ballrooms, meeting rooms and an overlook to the Lobby and Civic Plaza.
The Lobby is modern and comfortable, with a market café and seating that invites both social conversation and opportunity for more confidential discussions in private pockets throughout the space. It is a place for work, and relaxation.
Think of The Lobby as a social hub: an open space concept designed for people to connect, collaborate, and caffeinate. A place that doesn’t shut down after five o’clock after the Surrey City Hall closes it doors for the day. A space for people to get together for business and leisure, and a place to connect hotel guests, tower residents, and office tenants to the Civic Plaza.
The Lobby, then, welcomes the world. At the centre of this new city, formerly known as a suburb called Surrey, the new urbanist becomes ambassador. With a ‘civic state of mind’, and engaged with what Surrey is becoming — a home to the new face of Canada – our citizens will welcome thousands of Canadian and International travellers alike through its doors.