Acton Ostry Architects-designed Cactus Club outlet embedded into award-winning Vancouver Convention Center
Relaxed dining chain Cactus Club recently celebrated the opening of their largest venue to date - Cactus Club Coal Harbour in Vancouver. The 20,000 sq ft outlet offers more than double the average interior space for the chain’s units and offers arguably the most breathtaking view of any of the 23 venues.
Embedded into the green roof of the LMN Architects-designed Vancouver Convention Center on the harbour-front, the new restaurant looks out over the water through sloping glass walls which slide open easily, opening up the interior seating to the coastal landscape outside.
Internally the décor takes inspiration from its local context, with slate flooring and low stratified stone walls, the materiality of which, architects Acton Ostry explain, ‘echoes the Canadian West Coast landscape and establishes a sense of belonging for patrons and employees alike’.
Butcher-block tables can be found throughout, countered by rich brown leather seating and lit by a floating display of hand-blown glass lights. During the day, natural light flows in through the sloping glass roof and walls, enriching the space within. A generous outside terrace is also available for patrons who wish to enjoy the view in an open-air venue.
Stepped terraces within offer intimate seating arrangement and semi-private dining spaces are kept separate with thin metal veils. A shot of colour is injected through tangerine sofas near the washrooms for repose and carefully selected artworks line the walls, including Graham Gillmore and Andy Warhol.
Located on the edge of the Vancouver Business District, Cactus Club Coal Harbour has already been very popular with local people, many of whom have written online reviews to commend the design flair and impressive framing of the waterside view.