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BIG unveils 150-metre twisting Vancouver skyscraper

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[First look] Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) has revealed plans to build a 49-storey mixed-use tower in downtown Vancouver, Canada

Named Beach and Howe, the tower would feature 600 residential apartments and be the city’s fourth tallest building.

The project for Canadian developer Westbank features a nine-storey podium containing market rental housing, commercial and retail space.

BIG is working with Buro Happold, Glotman Simpson and local architect James Cheng on the gradually cantilevering scheme.

Bjarke Ingels said: ‘The Beach and Howe tower is 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.

‘In the tradition of Flatiron, Beach and Howe’s architecture is not the result of formal excess or architectural idiosyncrasies, but rather a child of its circumstances: the trisected site and the concerns for neighboring buildings and park spaces.’

Ian Gillespie, president at Westbank, said: ‘We have brought together the best talent available in Vancouver and Europe to create a truly world class project that will enrich not only the particular neighborhood, but also the city and its quest to become creative, sustainable and affordable city.

‘Architecturally, the Beach and Howe tower will introduce a new building typology to the Vancouver skyline and will create a dramatic gateway to downtown Vancouver that speaks to the emerging creative economy in the city.’


Project data

Name: Beach and Howe St.
Client:Westbank Projects Corp.
Location: Vancouver, Canada
Size:653,890 sf / 60,670 m2
Collaborators:Dialog, Cobalt Engineering, Phillips Farevaag Smallenberg Urban Design, Buro Happold, Glotman Simpson, James KM Cheng Architects
Partners-in-charge:Bjarke Ingels, Thomas Christoffersen
Project leader: Agustin Perez-Torres
Team:Julianne Gola, Marcella Martinez, Chris Malcolm, Karol Borkowski, Michael Taylor, Alina Tamosiunaite, David Brown, Tobias Hjortdal, Alexandra Gustafson


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