It took the genius of Ian Gillespie, founder of Westbank, to wake up Canada, and eventually the world, to witness how a super prime building can become a total work of art. Inspired by Arthur Erickson’s 1955 vision for a futuristic Vancouver skyline, Gillespie retained world renowned Danish architect, Bjarke Ingels, to plan and design what would eventually become the award winning super prime tower, called Vancouver House.
Set along Vancouver’s Beach District in False Creek, Gillespie’s challenge was to transform the established, but worn down, neighbourhood and revitalize it with an innovative form of urbanism and set a new standard of real estate luxury yet unknown to Vancouver.
No one does what Ian Gillespie does. He’s a genius; he repeatedly sees what others don’t yet see.
Peter Dupuis, CEO, S&P Real Estate
Working with S&P, the Vancouver House team would craft a strategy to present the one-of-a-kind property to a network of local and international high net worth prospective owners and sales partners. The sales programme was punctuated by an exhibition, architectural salons and white glove experiences for everyone that touched the project.
The Vancouver House team launched its sales efforts by hosting over 1,100 local realtors, the largest event of its kind, to participate in a world wide broadcast launch to their network of international sales partners located in Beijing, Hong Kong, Tokyo, New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, London and Singapore. The simple message from Gillespie was to welcome Vancouver to the world of super prime.
Think of Vancouver House as a giant curtain, at the moment of being pulled back to reveal the world to Vancouver and Vancouver to the world.Bjarke Ingels, Founding Partner, Bjarke Ingels Group
BUILDING GLOBAL COMMUNITY
S&P’s signature sales method would become the first time in Vancouver’s history a true international real estate launch stretched to that magnitude. The results were breathtaking with Vancouver House breaking a record for the largest sell out while setting a new price and value standard for Canada.
Gillespie’s vision for community building did not end in Vancouver. Recognizing the need to create a better world, he was the first sponsor of World Housing by activating the world’s first one-for-one real estate gifting model. His vision housed 2,000 Cambodian people living in uninhabitable shacks and transformed their lives forever.