Mountains of Vancouver cited as inspiration for design of proposed West End condo tower

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      Proponents of a condo tower are suggesting that their project evokes the majesty of Vancouver’s mountains.

      Anthem Properties and its architects are behind a proposed 33-storey residential high-rise at the corner of West Georgia and Bidwell streets.

      In the project’s design rationale, photos of Grouse, Cyrpress, and Crown mountains were included to drive home a point about how the tower will look like.

      “The bold formation of rocks creates rugged structures, feathery trees lace over the ridges and the terraces, and the facets and the cracks in the rocks create an ever-changing interplay of light and shadow,” according to the document.

      It goes on, “Our design is inspired by the balance between boldness and subtlety of the mountains, aiming to bring a sense of nature to the convenience of urban living.”

      From left, Crown, Cypress, and Grouse mountains are cited as inspiration for the design of the high-rise.

      To express the concept for the 1698 West Georgia Street development, massing will be “interlocking” and “stepping”, with “cascading terraces”.

      Moreover, there will be “greens on façade”, like “trees and tall plants on terrace” to achieve a “softening the edges” effect.

      In addition, the building will be “organically textured” so as to “break away from charaterless [sic] glass boxes”.

      “Interlocking and stepping, the dynamic massing composition of the tower at the corner of W Georgia and Bidwell Street strongly portrays the design character of mountainous rocks,” the proponents state in a separate document containing drawings of the project.

      In another mention of the project’s keyword, “Cascading greens on the upper terraces continue down on the tower facade in a form of balcony edge planting, before spreading out to the podium terraces, then to the ground level landscaping, depicting mountain foothills.”

      The development site used to be the location of a Chevron gas station. The building will have 127 condo units.

      A community open house will be held for the rezoning application on April 9. The event is at the Cypress Room of the Westin Bayshore Hotel. It starts at 4:30 p.m.

      The condo high-rise includes a two-storey waterfall.