Owned by Morguard Investments, Coquitlam Centre (http://www.coquitlamcentre.com/) has undergone massive renovation within the past few years. Parking lots have been swallowed for new construction, and the mall has reworked its image so that it is now one of the premier malls in the entire greater Vancouver area. Large plush (and extrememely comfortable) chairs and couches lay about beside interior trees, with skylights regularily spaced. The new wing of the mall is designed to be open, light, and airy (hello '90/'00 architecture) while the older areas of the mall are lumber and stained glass and come off as rather fortified and secure.
The mall's parking lots continue to topple in favour of new construction, with ground zero of Coquitlam's northeastern downtown beginning to take form beside the mall. With a light-rail link connecting to skytrain to be completed by 2010-2012, the area is really getting exciting.
This area is quite urban, and is only expanding in density (think 35 storey towers in a municipality, Coquitlam, of about 120,000 people).
Right. So I like that mall. It's not bad. I hate malls in general, mostly because the air is stale, but if I have to visit Coquitlam Centre it is not the end of the world.
*incoherent Andrew after far too many hours in the studio*