Yesterday (October 24) Vancouver city council gave the go-ahead for a 52-story tower to be constructed at the north end of the Granville Street Bridge.
The building will stand at the intersection of Howe Street and Beach Avenue. Upon completion it will be the fifth-tallest structure in the city.
“The tower and base are a new interpretation of the local typology deemed ‘Vancouverism’,” reads a description of the project posted on the website of Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), the firm that’s designed the building.
According to the report that went before city council, the tower is part of a multi-building development by Westbank Projects that will occupy addresses on Howe, Granville, and Pacific streets.
The plans provide for the construction of three mixed-use buildings consisting of 505 condominium units plus commercial, retail, and office space.
The proposal also includes stipulations requiring public art and pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure that will connect Granville Street to the sections of Pacific Street and Beach Avenue that run at a lower elevation.
The architectural firm’s website provides further details about what’s envisioned for the skyscraper and adjacent developments.
“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,” reads a description of the tower. “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.”
On the shorter buildings, BIG’s website states:
“Beach and Howe 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 adds to the existing streets, giving the neighborhood a variety of open and covered outdoor spaces in various scales, ample for a variety of use and events.”
On October 2, the Straight reported on Concord Pacific’s plans to build eight high-rise towers in the area between B.C. Place and the north end of the Cambie Street Bridge. That development—dubbed False Creek Central—will add 1,300 condominiums to Vancouver’s downtown core.