Times, they are a changin’. Vancouver building permit values are at an all time high, and developers are introducing some of the most radical architecture this city has ever seen. As much as Vancouver is a well planned, clean city, it has a reputation for a relatively uninspiring skyline with all too common turquoise glass facades. A wave of new structures are pushing the boundaries, and altering Vancouver’s architectural identity. Resider takes a look at a few of the most eye-catching buildings in and around Vancouver.
An urban sculpture located in Mount Pleasant, the Vanglo House is a 3 bedroom 2,230 sqft. energy efficient green building that was designed for sustainability, and even has a reconfigurable floor plan. It’s 1 of 3 Vancouver homes that is ENERGY STAR certified.
The Qube, located on 1333 West Georgia Street in Coal Harbour, was originally built in 1969 as the headquarters of Westcoast Transmission Co. The building was converted in 2005 to 180 residential units.
South Creek Landing
South Creek Landing is a new Fairview development by Port Capital Group that is among the buildings vying to be the “gateway” to Vancouver. The yacht inspired tower is 6 storeys and has only 15 residential units.
Inspired by iconic images of stacked timber, the Aperture, named after the units’ floor-to-ceiling windows surrounded by frames resembling apertures on a camera, is a development in Cambie designed by Arno Matis Architecture. The 6 storey building will house 78 units and is scheduled for completion in 2016.
Focal is a rubik’s cube ‘esque development situated along Main Street, which is an architecturally striking 9 storey building with 93 units.
Trump International Hotel & Tower Vancouver
Set for completion in 2016, the Trump International Hotel & Tower will be the second tallest building in the city next to the Shangri-La just on the other side of West Georgia Street. The mixed use tower will stand 63 storeys high, and include Vancouver’s first pool bar nightclub.
The Central is located near Main and Terminal, and has a commanding presence with its diagonally positioned Skybridge and concrete columns extending down to the courtyard below. The 22 storey tower houses 304 units in the booming Mount Pleasant area.
Built by Bosa Properties, the Jameson House is an ultra modern tower located along West Hastings that has 4 storeys of office premises, and 24 storeys of residential use. The coolest feature of the Jameson House is its fully mechanized underground parkade, a system that has been adopted from European countries, allowing you to pull into a secure transfer station, and have your car whisked away safely and automatically.
The Telus Garden is a project by Westbank, currently under construction at 777 Richards Street. A 53 storey tower with 428 residential units, the building will be one of Vancouver’s most significant developments yet. It will transform the entire heart of the city block, integrated as a whole instead of a series of development sites.
The Vancouver House is in a league of its own. Set for completion in 2018, its radical architecture will embolden the city’s skyline and completely transform Vancouver’s architectural identity. Beyond the main tower, the Beach District will be crowned as one of the most visually striking neighborhoods with 60,000 square feet of retail; 80,000 square feet of office space; restaurants and cafes; food carts and farmer’s markets.
“Think of Vancouver House as a giant curtain, at the moment of being pulled back to reveal the world to Vancouver and Vancouver to the world.” – Bjarke Ingels, Architect