Open house scheduled for proposed space-age tower on West Georgia Street in Vancouver

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      The City of Vancouver will hold an open house later this month after receiving a rezoning application to allow a 43-storey residential tower at 1500 West Georgia Street.

      Bosa Properties has commissioned celebrated German architect Ole Scheeren, who’s designed some of the higher floors to extend in different directions, giving it a space-age look. (The first downtown building allowed to have cantilevers extending over the street was Telus Garden at 510 West Georgia.)

      “A system of vertically shifted apartment modules enables dynamic yet rational and efficient layouts for residential units while the horizontal rotation of these modular elements projects living spaces outwards to introduce the concept of horizontal living in a slender high-rise,” a statement on Scheeren’s firm’s website reads. “The resulting multiple terraces generated from these horizontal shifts create both physical and emotional connectivity between the indoor and outdoor environment.”

      According to the city website, the applicant is seeking approval to build 217 market units of housing, seven levels of underground parking, and a restaurant that would be at the corner of West Georgia and Nicola streets.

      The open house will take place from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on September 29 at the Empire Landmark Hotel (1400 Robson Street).

      In an email to friends and associates, Vancouver’s former director of planning, Ray Spaxman, declared that it would be “very helpful to the community if the [city] planning staff’s initial reactions to the application were made available at the upcoming open house”.