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Ole Scheeren reveals Vancouver high-rise plans

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Former OMA partner Ole Scheeren has unveiled plans for this 48-storey residential skyscraper in Vancouver, Canada

The tower comprises of ‘vertically shifted apartment modules’, within a ‘slender’ high-rise building. Outside terraces are created from the horizontal shifts.

Located on 1500 West Georgia Street, one of Vancouver’s main avenues, it will be surrounded by a public plaza. The project will have integral energy saving measures as well as renewable energy sources at the top of tne building that will generate 100 per cent of the power needed for the public amenities.

Architect’s view

Vancouver, consistently ranked as one of the most livable cities, has much to offer: beyond a vibrant social environment, the “City of Glass” is known for its buildings of transparency and for its breathtaking surroundings of clear water and snow-covered mountains. But, like many cities today, its skyline is dominated by verticality – extrusions of generic towers that don’t engage their environment and create isolation rather than connection.

‘The design opens up the inert shaft of the tower to embrace both city and nature in a three-dimensional sculpture which projects the space of living outwards into the surrounding context.’

Colin Bosa, the chief executive of project backers Bosa Properties, said: ‘We’re always striving to innovate, and we’re excited to have found in Ole Scheeren an architect who shares this passion. With this project we’re hoping to introduce an entirely new form of vertical high-rise living, and a tower that forever changes the conventions of the aesthetics and performance of residential high-rise towers.’

Scheeren said: ‘Vancouver possesses a unique balance of urban conditions surrounded by spectacular nature that provides fertile ground for envisioning new possibilities for future living in a cosmopolitan and environmentally-friendly city. The design for this building exemplifies our ambition to reconnect architecture with the natural and civic environment and go beyond the hermetic confines of towers that increasingly inscribe our lives’.

Commissioned in early 2015, 1500 West Georgia expands Büro Ole Scheeren’s growing international portfolio. The practice is currently working on Bangkok’s tallest tower, Mahanakhonmto, due to be completed in 2016; DUO, a mixed-use development in Singapore; and the Guardian Art Center near Beijing.

Scheeren was a partner and director at OMA before setting up his own practice in 2010.

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