Looking west down Dunsmuir, there appears to be a little urban forest in three dimensions:

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The roof deck of the Four Seasons Hotel, part of the Pacific Centre complex, looks positively Babylonian from the street.

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If it was planted at the time of construction in the early 1970s, that would make it one of the oldest green roofs in the city.  It certainly suggests a heavily planted urban oasis up there – but it’s largely an illusion.

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Most of the space is hardscaped, used for recreation and the occasional wedding.   But it’s lovely from the street.