In 1977, the Harbour Centre complex, including the office tower and Vancouver Lookout, was built over and around the original 1928 Spencer Building. Equivalent to 40 stories, the building was designed by WZMH Architects, the same firm that created the CN Tower in Toronto. It is constructed in the Brutalist/Modernist style that was popular in Vancouver at the time.
American astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon, opened the Lookout on August 13, 1977, at which time it was the tallest building in Vancouver. Now it is the 6th tallest at 168 meters (553 feet).
The Lookout at Harbour Centre is equipped with LED color changing lights that have a total output of 2,390 watts that are regularly lit up for holidays, and to support community events and charitable causes. Light-up requests may be made by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
“When in Vancouver you must take the time to check out the Vancouver Lookout. Located in the heart of the City, a quick ride to the top where you will enjoy 360° of views. You can take amazing photos or videos of downtown Vancouver as well as the amazing harbour.”
– Richard James Milne