The design of 1550 Alberni is shaped by its environment. The 42-storey tower is carved by two emphatic scoops that form deep balconies furnished in wood. In both instances, the carvings create semi-enclosures that strengthen their relations to the street and to the views – to its urban and geographic context.

Because of the way the otherwise orthogonal tower is carved, its silhouette constantly changes, creating illusionary profiles of arching cantilevers. The reality is far more structured as the carved deductions are diagonally symmetrical, the lower portion helping to counterbalance the hanging volume above.

The tower meets the ground with two intersecting domes that embrace Alberni and Cardero Street. Under the arching structures, an extensive moss garden defines the entrance and flows to the swimming pool above. In keeping with Japanese spatial traditions, the emphasis is on the atmosphere rather than the object: without drawing attention to a particular point laden with meaning, the void elicits a serene visceral experience that could be shared by all.

1550 Alberni has been designed by a renowned Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, which was purchased by Westbank at a cost of $47 million.

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A total of 188 residential units are proposed, with many units within the carved deductions possessing substantially sized patios or what project proponents have termed as ‘open gardens’. Interior materials will include the heavy use of wood and bamboo.

Retail space and a restaurant will be located at the tower’s foot, along with a highly unique public amenity – a ground-level Japanese moss garden within a hollowed section of the building, with water and natural features built along the face of an amphitheatre-like, cascading plateau.

The developer is behind a number of other major local projects including Shangri-La Vancouver, Shaw Tower, Fairmont Pacific Rim, Woodward’s, Telus Garden and the Oakridge Centre redevelopment.

At least three other architecturally unique towers are planned for the area near the intersection of West Georgia and Nicola streets.

Bosa Properties’ plans to construct two towers in the immediate vicinity: a 51-storey, 500-foot-tall Jenga-like residential tower at 1500 West Georgia Street and a scaly 26-storey tower at 1575 West Georgia Street.

According to Westbank, a 50-storey tower designed by local architect James Cheng is also planned for a flatiron-like development site at 1445 West Georgia Street. The design for this tower has not been revealed at this time.

A formal rezoning applicaiton has now been filed with the City, providing some more details on the project. The 20,698 SF site, currently zoned DD and improved with a lowrise office building, is being redeveloped with a 43-storey condo building with commercial uses at street level, including:

· a building height of 436 ft.;
· a total of 188 residential units;
· a density of 14.0 FSR;
· 272,262 SF;
· 271 underground parking spaces on six levels

Building Name:  1550 Alberni
Address:  1550 Alberni Street, Vancouver, BC V6G 2Z6
Developer:  Westbank
Architect:  Kengo Kuma Architects & Associates & Merrick Architecture
Interior Design:  Kengo Kuma Architects and Associates
Year Built:  Estimated completion in 2020
Prices:  N/A
Unit Sizes:  N/A
Levels:  42
Suites:  188
Property Type:  Residential, Commercial
Area:  Vancouver
Neighbourhood:  West End
Deposit Structure:  N/A
Cost/Square Foot:  N/A
Monthly Maintenance:  N/A
Cost To Purchase Parking:  N/A
Cost To Purchase Storage:  N/A

 

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