Project DescriptionFROM THE ARCHITECTS:
Vancouver House will be part of a new phase in the city's very short but extremely successful history of urban policy. It will announce the entry point into downtown Vancouver from Granville Bridge, forming a gateway to the city. The tower and base are a new interpretation of the local typology deemed "Vancouverism" of a new urbanist podium coupled with a slender tower, which seeks to preserve view cones through the city while activating the pedestrian street. The residential tower, in its height and proximity to the creek, is uniquely situated with views to both the water and the mountains, granting visual access to the breadth of Vancouver's natural surroundings.
Negotiating a difficult site trisected by the Granville overpass and burdened by setbacks, the tower will maximize its mass where it has the most impact. At its base, a 30m setback from the highway dictates a triangular footprint on the ground. But as it ascends in elevation, the tower clears the zone of noise and visual pollution. It then exploits the opportunity to overcome the setback and reclaims the valuable area. In doing so, it provides an icon for the city's skyline and a generous public space at its base.
The Vancouver House podium is a mixed-use urban village. These three triangular complexes are composed of intimately-scaled spaces for working, shopping, and leisure which face onto public plazas and pathways. The additional public spaces add to the existing streets, giving the neighborhood a variety of open and covered outdoor spaces in various scales, ample for a variety of uses and events.
FROM THE CLIENT:
The Vancouver House Penthouses deliver a unique emotional impact. Owners are being given the opportunity to bring a personal touch to their Penthouse. You will have the opportunity to work with world renowned architect Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) to select the finishes in your Penthouses resulting in genuinely one-off creations tailored minutely to you individual desires and tastes.
Penthouse Owners make their personalisation choices on site in New York where they are flanked by a personal designer from Bjarke Ingels Group who will assist them in creating their bespoke Penthouse right down to the tiniest detail. This will encompass everything from finishes to accessories of which there is an unprecedented selection of materials, treatments and hues.
Penthouse Owners can opt for luxury traditional materials, such as wood and marble, or more casual, contemporary ones of the likes of terrazzo and concrete. The end result, however, is in each and every instance, a standard of exclusivity completely unmatched anywhere in any other Vancouver building.