The Palisadesi

Vancouver, BC
Project Size
252,000 sf
James KM Cheng Architects
Interior Design
James KM Cheng Architects
Landscape Architect
Phillips Farevaag Smallenberg
Public Art


Designed by architect James Cheng, the Palisades has already become an architectural landmark for residential development, in addition to winning the 1998 Lieutenant-Governor Award of Excellence in Architecture.

This high-end residential development on Alberni Street is comprised of two elliptical towers containing 272 units.  The development of this project was undertaken by Westbank projects on behalf of the Kuok Group of Hong Kong.

Developing the Palisades involved the implosion of three existing high-rises on the site. One of the largest implosions of its type, it was a harrowing experience which fortunately, went fairly well.

Gwen Boyle’s installation, New Currents and Ancient Streams, was our first foray into the public art scene. It is obviously not as ambitious as our later work but is consistent with the maturity of the team at the time. It’s an elegant piece that complemented the strong landscape architecture of the project.


Public Art

New Currents and Ancient Streams

Time is symbolized by an “erratic” – a 9 ton pillow basalt rock that is magma, formed by the sea, and it’s mirror image or “doppelganger” formed and caste from 3000 lbs of bronze, rest below the fall to look back to time transformed.