THE FIFTEEN FIFTEEN
BUILDING SIZE: 42-storey tower with 220 market strata units.
ADDRESS: 1515 Alberni St. VANCOUVER, BC
BUILDING TYPE: Has been described it as a three-dimentional sculpture.
STATUS: Council approved rezoning for the site in January 2018.
DEVELOPER & ARCHITECT: Bosa Properties and German “starchitect” Büro Ole Scheeren. Francl Architecture is the local architect.
You will generally only find this kind of architecture in wealthy developing economic hubs globally. Vancouver now arguably is about to step into competition with architecture from modern developing cities like Dubai, Shanghai, Hong Kong, New York and Toronto. Here is a few featured architecturally interesting new developments which are proposed or coming to Vancouver, BC Canada presented by Ryan Taylor Realtor.
THE DELOITTE SUMMIT
BUILDING SIZE: 24-storey office tower with commercial space on the ground floor.
ADDRESS: 400 West Georgia Vancouver, BC
BUILDING TYPE: The DELOITTE SUMMIT will feature “several clusters of four-storey steel-framed cubes arranged around a central concrete core.” The project is envisioned as a “living sculpture.”
STATUS: City Council has recently approved the rezoning application in February of 2018 and it is now currently under construction. The summit is being built with a fast-tracked construction process where the steel components are pre-fabricated in a manufacturing plant and then installed at site.
DEVELOPER & ARCHITECT: Westbank, Japanese architectural firm OSO and local architect Merrick Architecture.
BUILDING SIZE: 57-storey, 331-unit luxury condo tower (556 feet).
ADDRESS: 969 Burrard St. VANCOUVER, BC
BUILDING TYPE: This modern piece of art will feature high-performance curved double glazing with high-quality insulated precast white panels. The building includes “sky gardens” in open-air breezeways on each level, and tree planters on every third floor.
STATUS: Council approved the tower a little while ago (July of 2017). Construction has already started in December of 2018. There is an anticipated completion date of 2023.
DEVELOPER & ARCHITECT: Westbank is the developer. Venelin Kokalov, the design principal of Revery Architecture (formerly Bing Thom Architects), is the lead on The Butterfly. It’s one of the last projects Bing Thom of Bing Thom Architects was involved in before he died in 2016. Kokalov worked closely with Thom for 16 years.
ALBERNI BY KUMA
BUILDING SIZE: 43-storey concrete residential tower.
ADDRESS: 1550 Alberni Street Vancouver, BC
BUILDING TYPE: Has been described as “shaped by two emphatic scoops that form deep balconies furnished in wood.”
STATUS: This development is under construction.
DEVELOPER & ARCHITECT: Westbank, Kengo Kuma Architects and Associates and local architect Merrick Architecture.
BUILDING TYPE: 36 Storey office tower.
ADDRESS: 1133 Melville Street Vancouver, BC
BUILDING TYPE: The currently under constructed Stack, will be the tallest office building in downtown Vancouver! Featuring 4 stacked and rotated boxes with 6 outdoor decks and a roof-top patio for office tenants.
STATUS: Vancouver’s City Council has already approved the project back at an April 2017 public hearing. Construction has also already begun back in 2018. The building has an expected completion of 2022.
DEVELOPER & ARCHITECT: This is an Oxford Properties Group project. James KM Cheng Architects designed the building in collaboration with Adamson Associates Architects.
LULULEMON’S NEW HEADQUARTERS
BUILDING SIZE: Office combined with retail. There will also be restaurant uses at street level. Yum!
ADDRESS: 1980 Foley St. at Great Northern Way.
THE BUILDING: The exterior of this building will use tasteful amounts of greenery. With use of carved out sections in design and the “brise soleil” shading system make the design of Lululemon’s new proposed 13-storey head office a one of a kind.
STATUS: Lululemon just received approval on a rezoning text amendment to allow additional height on the site, as well as retail and restaurant uses. No additional density is being sought at a public hearing on Jan. 30.
DEVELOPER & ARCHITECT: Morphosis Architects, led by Thom Mayne and based in Culver City, Calif., is the design architect for the project, while Francl Architecture is the local architect.
THE REDEVELOPMENT OF OAKRIDGE CENTRE
BUILDING SIZE: Redevelopment of a shopping centre, which will include 10 towers of varying heights up to 44 storeys, midrise buildings with commercial, office and residential uses, a community centre, library, seniors’ centre, performance spaces, a daycare and a nine-acre public park.
ADDRESS: 650 West 41st Ave Vancouver, BC
BUILDING TYPE: Architect Gregory Henriquez has called the redevelopment a “mini-city” and “the biggest and most complex project I’ll ever work on in my life.” Futuristic buildings will transform the site and neighbourhood. Housing being built includes 2,000 market condos, 290 market rental units, and 290 below-market rental apartments.
STATUS: Construction work has started on the project, which is being completed in phases. Some retail and office space could be completed in early 2022, while the first residences are expected in late 2022.
DEVELOPER & ARCHITECT: QuadReal and Westbank are developing partners in the project. Henriquez Partners Architects is the design lead and Wonderwall out of Tokyo is designing the interior of the mall.
THE SQUAMISH NATION DEVELOPMENT
BUILDING SIZE: The project is set to have about 6,000 units of mostly rentals in 11 towers.
ADDRESS: This will be an 11.7 acre Squamish Nation owned said to be at the foot of Burrard Bridge near Vanier Park.
BUILDING TYPE: Initially, Squamish Nation was considering a 3,000-unit development, but news broke last November revealing the new plan for 6,000 units. Squamish Nation Coun. Khelsilem told Frances Bula of the Globe and Mail that the towers were designed “to echo elements of totem poles and reflect the mountains and sky of the North Shore.”
STATUS: Construction for phase one could start in 2021.
DEVELOPER & ARCHITECT: Squamish Nation, Westbank and Revery Architecture.
THE NELSON STREET TOWER
BUILDING SIZE: Proposal 60-storey Passive House residential tower with a building height of 555.5 feet!
ADDRESS: 1059 to 1075 Nelson Street Vancouver, BC
BUILDING TYPE: It is proposed to build the tower to Passive House standards — an international standard for energy efficiency. This development would be in the clouds amongst the city’s highest buildings if it is approved. There is also promises for it to be the tallest Passive House tower in the world! Featuring a wavy shape with a curvy column of greenery down the centre, which is inspired by the peninsula, the inlet and green forests.
STATUS: This development is in the rezoning stage. City council is currently in review of the application and is in discussions with the applicant.
DEVELOPER & ARCHITECT: Henson Developments. Tom Wright of U.K.-based WKK Architecture designed the tower, while Vancouver-based IBI Group is the executive architect.
THE GRANVILLE GATEWAY TOWER
BUILDING SIZE: Proposal for 303 market residential units, 152 social housing units and commercial space at ground level.
ADDRESS: 601 Beach Cres Vancouver, BC
BUILDING TYPE: The tower would sit opposite Westbank’s Vancouver House on the north end of Granville Bridge. The goal is for the two towers to create what’s been known as the “Granville Gateway” in and out of downtown Vancouver.
STATUS: The revised rezoning application was submitted in October of 2019 based on feedback from the public, which city staff is currently reviewing.
DEVELOPER & ARCHITECT: Developer; Pinnacle International and GBL Architects.
WELL KNOWN VANCOUVER HOUSE
BUILDING SIZE: 52-storey tower with 407 residential units and a 10-storey podium with retail and 95 residential market units.
ADDRESS: North end foot of Granville Bridge
BUILDING TYPE: Likely one of the most photographed buildings in Vancouver to date.
STATUS: The first phase of residential occupancy is complete and the second phase of residents are hoping this building their current home in the spring.
DEVELOPER & ARCHITECT: Westbank and Danish “starchitect” Bjarke Ingels of the firm BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group). Dialog is the local architect.