Harbour Centre is a notable skyscraper in the central business district of Downtown Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The "Lookout" tower atop the office building makes it one of the tallest structures in Vancouver and a prominent landmark on the city's skyline. With its 360 degree viewing deck, it also serves as a top tourist attraction, offering a physically unobstructed view of the city. During the dot-com boom of the 1990s, it served as the headquarters for several up and coming tech firms, including Stormix Technologies, NetNation and others. Designed by WZMH Architects, the building has 28 stories. Its structural height is 146 metres (481 feet), making it one of the tallest office buildings in the city (2007). However, the height of the ornamental pylon at the top is often included as part of the building's overall pinnacle height, arriving at a figure of 177 metres (581 feet). The building was British Columbia's tallest (measured from Cordova Street to the tip of the spire) until the construction of One Wall Centre in 2001. Harbour Centre is located at 555 West Hastings Street in Downtown Vancouver. It is steps away from Waterfront Station SkyTrain Station, a major multi-modal transit hub which serves as the Downtown Vancouver terminal for various TransLink operations such as SeaBus, West Coast Express, SkyTrain, Canada Line and buses. Simon Fraser University operates its downtown Harbour Centre campus in the adjoining Spencer building and houses the Center for Dialogue and Canadas World. The Consulate General of Italy is also a major tenant at the building. The downtown Simpsons-Sears department store was located here before it closed in the 1980s. There is also a red Christmas tree on the spire that lights up during the holiday season. Vancouver Coast Guard Radio operates from Harbour Centre, providing distress watch and vessel traffic services to the North Arm Fraser River, Burrard Inlet, Indian Arm, English Bay and Howe Sound.

Tourist attraction
The Vancouver Lookout tourist attraction, located atop the Harbour Centre business building, was officially opened on August 13, 1977 by Neil Armstrong, whose footprint was imprinted onto cement and today is on display on the viewing/observation deck. The circular viewing deck provides an unobstructed view of Downtown Vancouver and its surroundings. On clear days, visitors can see Mount Baker in Washington State with the naked eye. Besides the observation deck, the tower also features the "Top of Vancouver Revolving Restaurant", one of three completely revolving restaurants remaining in the city. There is a small shopping mall in Harbour Centre, famous for Vancouver's longest established cookie store, Cookies Of Course. The food court in the Lower Mall has one of the widest selections of independent vendors. The recent economic downturn has resulted in a number of vacancies, most recently the chain golf store Perfect Lies. However, the location across from the Seabus and Skytrain stations as well as the recently opened Woodward's centre down the street position Harbour Centre well for the future.

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