Ian Gille­spie

Vancouver Magazine - - Cover Story -


Sky­line King Next year, one of the most re­mark­able ad­di­tions to the Van­cou­ver sky­line since the Wood­ward’s W resur­faced atop that name­sake de­vel­op­ment in 2010 will rise from the foot of Granville Street Bridge. It’s no sur­prise that the de­vel­oper be­hind both is West­bank Corp.’s Ian Gille­spie. Gille­spie has built a rep­u­ta­tion as a sin­gu­lar builder (and savvy po­lit­i­cal op­er­a­tor) in a city full of brash cookie-cut­ter de­vel­op­ers—and the shim­mer­ing, twist­ing Van­cou­ver House, by Dan­ish star­chi­tect Bjarke In­gels, prom­ises to be the jewel in his crown. Next up for Gille­spie: an am­bi­tious plan to reimag­ine the Bathurst/ Bloor in­ter­sec­tion in Toronto, where iconic re­tailer Hon­est Ed’s ruled for al­most 70 years.

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