As we’ve pointed out before, the Sears Centre in Vancouver – soon to be home to a new Nordstrom – is not the prettiest building in the world. In fact, its white facade has been compared to a urinal and has been called the “ugliest building in the city.”

However, that’s about to change. James Cheng, who has designed some of Vancouver’s most notable high-rises such as the Shangri-La, and the Fairmont Pacific Rim, has taken on re-designing the project.

Known for his modernist style, Cheng’s design will strip off the building’s white tiles and replace them with glass. An article in The Globe and Mail describes the new building design as follows, “The department-store box will be broken up into two sections that give it the appearance of two buildings.”

The description continues, “A glass entrance facing Georgia and Granville will be much more prominent and dramatic than the current one. And two deep light wells will penetrate the top four floors, adding even more light to what will become offices above the department store. ”

The new building will definitely change the look of one of Vancouver’s most famous streets.

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