Omer Arbel

Omer Arbel

  • Education - Graduated from the University of Waterloo School of Architecture in 2000
  • Apprenticed with Enric Miralles Benedetta Tagliabue Arquitectes Associats, Patkau Architects, and Busby + Associates Architects
  • Recipient of various high profile awards including: the Ron Thom award for Early Design Achievement and a D&AD Yellow Pencil Yearbook entry
  • Served on judging and advisory panels and given lectures & tutorials at the University of British Columbia School of Architecture and at the School of Constructed Environments at Parson

16.480 is a dramatic installation of 480 glass "leaves" or lights supported by a set of site-specific, tree-like minarets.  These “trees” rise out of a landscape constructed of burnt wood planks and form an immersive canopy of light that reaches up to 6 metres in height. Bench platforms and higher mounds in the landscape serve the dual purpose of protecting the trees from vehicles, providing refuge to visitors and creating informal meeting places.

This abstract forest glows vibrantly at night, producing a breathtaking view for hotel visitors to pause and admire its beauty. Westbank is proud to have Bocci’s very first permanent outdoor public artwork installed at none other than the Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel.

Bocci numbers each of its works, and 16 was first envisioned in 2007, but the firm lacked the technical expertise and glass knowledge to bring it to fruition, until now. Bocci Creative Director Omer Arbel explores the intrinsic mechanical, physical, and chemical qualities of materials as fundamental departure points for making work. All Bocci designs are developed, engineered, and fabricated in-house, with headquarters based in Vancouver.