Gradual demolition of Vancouver's Empire Landmark hotel captured in time-lapse video

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      One of the Vancouver's taller buildings has disappeared without a major single-day demolition.

      The 42-storey Empire Landmark on Robson Street was brought down gradually, floor-by-floor, over the course of a year from the inside.

      It was achieved through the Brokk method by JMX Contracting on behalf of the landowner, Asia Standard Americas.

      And it was captured in a remarkable time-lapse video by photographer Kevin Beretta.

      He recently uploaded the video on YouTube.

      Watch this time-lapse video showing the disappearance of the Empire Landmark on Robson Street.
      Ke Be

      The Empire Landmark was best known for its Cloud Nine rooftop revolving restaurant, which was the first part of the building to vanish.

      The developer plans to replace the Empire Landmark with two residential towers that will include 237 market condos.

      In addition, the project will have 63 social housing units.

      This is an architectural rendering of the two buildings that will be developed on the site formerly occupied by the Empire Landmark.
      Asia Standard Americas

      The video below explains how the Brokk method can take down large buildings without major explosions.

      This video showes how concrete ceilings are penetrated from below to facilitate slow-motion demolitions.
      Brokk Inc. USA