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Foster unwraps Vancouver skyscraper

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[First look + plans + project data] Foster + Partners has completed this 35-storey tower in Vancouver – the practice’s first mixed-use project in Canada

The project – called Jameson House – included the restoration of two 1920s Beaux Arts structures which are integrated into the scheme.

The double-height volume of the A-listed Ceperley Rounsfell Building was returned to its original configuration and the B-listed Royal Financial Building was also retained.

The tower features eleven storeys of offices and shops, topped by twenty-three storeys of apartments.

Norman Foster said: ‘Vancouver has a spectacular location, surrounded by mountains and the sea. The design makes the most of the city’s fantastic natural setting, with balconies and deep bay windows looking out towards the landscape. Jameson House further develops a number of key themes that have been integral to our work for many years.

‘The project combines restoration with new construction; it is high-density and mixed-use, offering a sustainable model for urban living; and it demonstrates innovation, both in its evolution of the high-rise building and its progressive environmental agenda.’

Nigel Dancey, Foster + Partners senior partner, said: ‘Jameson House was the result of a team effort: we worked closely with environmental engineers, as well as the city, from the outset.

‘This collaborative approach led to innovations, both in the tower’s design and in our interrogation of the brief – we were able to significantly increase the density of the scheme to create a highly sustainable mixed-use development. And by combining these different functions within a compact footprint, we can further balance energy usage with the mixture of daytime and night-time activity.’

Colin Bosa, Bosa Properties chief executive, said: ‘Foster + Partners has created a unique building for Vancouver, which combines high-quality finishes and a strong design sense with a clear commitment to sustainability. We are most pleased with the architectural legacy that Jameson House offers to our city.’


Project data

Foster + Partners Team: David Nelson, Nigel Dancey, James Barnes, Mathieu Le Sueur, Robert Smith, Lee Hallman, Gloria Tsai, Katerina Dionysopoulou, Todd Hutton, Anna Aversing, Rene Nedergaard, Gaku Takahashi, Emma Robbins, Lena Feindt
Client: Jameson House Ventures Inc
Collaborating Architect: Walter Francl Architects Inc
Main Contractor: Bosa Properties
Cost: Vermeulens Cost Consultants
Structural Engineers: Yolles
Mechanical Engineers: Imec Mechanical Ltd
Landscape Architect: PWL Partnership Landscape Architects Inc
Lighting Consultant: Claude Engle Lighting Consultant
Environemental Design: PHA Consult
Heritage Architect: Robert Lemon Architect Inc
Design Build Mechanical: Imec Mechanical Ltd
Design Build Electrical: Bridge Electric Corp

Foster + Partners' Jameson House project in Vancouver, Canada

Foster + Partners’ Jameson House project in Vancouver, Canada



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