VANCOUVER – Copenhagen-based Bjarke Ingels will be realizing his next project in Vancouver: a 49-storey skyscraper that will be the city’s fourth tallest building.
The structure will contain 600 residential units, plus commercial and retail space in its complex form. At 150m-tall, it will appear to twist as it rises, thanks to a concave façade that gently curves in through the lower half then cantilevers outwards. Careful design ensures no residents will have windows or balconies facing the nearby Granville Bridge, which has heavy traffic. Considering this, and desire for sunlight, the footprint was designed as a triangle as opposed to square.
‘It will be a contemporary descendant of the Flatiron Building in New York City – reclaiming the lost spaces for living as the tower escapes the noise and traffic at its base,’ says Bjarke Ingels of BIG. ‘We’re reclaiming a site beneath the bridges that would otherwise be lost as a lifeless “black hole” in the urban fabric. The diagonal canopies of the vehicular flows above create a new form of weather protected urban space, turning the large infrastructure in to a niche for social life.’
The project will be realized in collaboration with Westbank, Dialog, Cobalt, PFS, Buro Happold, Glotman Simpson and James Cheng.
Renderings courtesy of BIG