Body of Work

Vancouver House

Location
Vancouver
Architect
Bjarke Ingels Group, DIALOG, James KM Cheng Architects
Landscape Architect
Phillips Farevaag, Smallenberg
Commencement
2014
Completion
2018
Project Size
600,000 sf

Awarded Future Project of the Year at the World Architecture Awards in 2015 for its innovation and beauty, and named one of CNN’s most anticipated buildings in 2020, Vancouver House has attracted attention from around the world. Set for completion in spring of 2020, the Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) designed project includes both high-rise and low rise structures, with the tower rising 59-storeys at the corner of Beach and Howe above 3 additional buildings between the offramps of the Granville Street bridge. Vancouver House includes 375 residential homes, 106 rental homes, as well as new retail, workspace and amenity space, forming the core of a new waterfront community, the Beach District.

The design of any building should be a function of the particular constraints and characteristics of each site and in the case of Vancouver House, the solution that BIG arrived at is very much a direct response its site. To accomodate complex site restrictions, a slender base forms the nine-storey podium, ultimately widening into the 515-foot residential tower as it rises to meet the sky.

The net result is a unique building typology for Vancouver. From Vancouver House, to Vancouver's House, this is a project that has become quickly become a part of the city's identity. When the Beach District is complete and Rodney Graham's Spinning Chandelier is illuminating the vibrant public realm beneath the Granville Street Bridge, we hope people everywhere will recognize this as city-building at its best.

Contact

Leasing

Roz McQueen
Westbank - Commercial Leasing
501, 1067 West Cordova Street,
Vancouver BC, Canada V6C 1C7

Tel: 604 893 1762
Email: roz@westbankcorp.com

Films

Manifesto

It was through Vancouver House that we first discovered the word and philosophy behind “gesamtkunstwerk,” and came to the belief that it represents a guiding philosophy for all of our projects, current and future.

We wanted to take the idea of the total work of art to a whole new scale – applying this philosophy to find solutions to complex problems and creating opportunities for enlightened city-building. Today, this concept continues to manifest itself in our projects in new and interesting ways.

If “gesamtkunstwerk” was our first defining philosophy, then Vancouver House is its manifestation. Since we were introduced to the concept and began its creation, Vancouver House has become one of the most watched and studied urban development projects in the world. Seven years in the making, we brought together everything that we learned through dozens of complex projects, with the best design and consultant team that could be assembled. It is now apparent that this cumulative effort has resulted in a giant leap forward – not only from a technical and environmental perspective but by bringing to our country a degree of artistry and of beauty that is unparalleled.

Awarded the World Architecture Festival’s Future Building of the Year in 2015, Vancouver House is among the most successful, innovative and creative projects being done in the world today. The homes in this project sold out in a matter of days and the project has become the catalyst for completely reimagining the surrounding neighbourhood in order to create a new community we call the Beach District.

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