A German starchitect based in Beijing and Hong Kong is proposing to build a landmark residential tower on the northern fringes of downtown Vancouver’s West End neighbourhood.
Ole Scheeren’s Jenga-like design with rectangular blocks that protrude out of the upper levels is slated for 1500 West Georgia Street, sharing the site of the Rhone and Iredale-designed triangular office building which will remain. The development would be built on the eastern end of the city block on the corner of the intersection of West Georgia and Nicola streets.
Finally some global designs to break our semi-boring skyline. Lets hope the City of Vancouver supports the vision.
With its iconic design and height of 152 metres (500 feet), if approved it would effectively provide a distinctive new ‘entrance’ into Vancouver from Stanley Park and the North Shore.
“The tower opens up to embrace both city and nature in a three-dimensional sculpture, projecting the space of living outwards into the site’s surroundings, responding to the multi-directional context,” reads the architect’s description of his design. “The resulting multiple terraces generated from these horizontal shifts create both physical and emotional connectivity between the indoor and outdoor environment.”
“The design of the building presents a carefully crafted distinctive silhouette that reaches out to engage the space of the city and stands as a new beacon that activates the skyline.”
1500 West Georgia is local developer Bosa Properties’ most architecturally ambitious project to date. In addition to the unique aesthetic design elements, the 51-storey building will aim for a LEED Platinum certification with green features that include solar panels on the roof to generate power for the building’s lower commercial levels and public amenities.
The new tower will be footed by a plaza and an expanded and improved cascading water feature will replace the existing installation.
There are 235 residential units within the tower, units that will likely become trophy properties in the region’s luxury market. The overall cost of the project could exceed half a billion dollars given the intricate design’s elements and location fronting the Coal Harbour neighbourhood.
Bosa Properties purchased the city block last year with the intent of adding a residential tower to the site.
The height of the proposal follows the constraints of the City’s West End Community Plan and view cone policies, allowing the tower to become the fifth tallest building in the city and the tallest building in the immediate area.
(519 square feet). The design was created for a young woman, living on her own, who clearly has a distinct sense of style. The natural elements and careful lighting schemes make this urban apartment feel distinctly woodsy. Wood paneling on the walls and floor, along with exposed wood ceiling beams, just add to the outdoor effect. Apart from that influence, we can also see an eclectic fashion winding through the home with some luxurious elements like a tufted dining banquette and other almost DIY aesthetics, like burlap light fixtures and bare tree branches.
When a space is your own, you are free to explore whatever makes you feel comfortable and happy. Not every woman has the same idea about what is beautiful, but it is safe to say that most women take a lot of pride in their homes, whether that means decorating with fresh flowers, creating flattering lighting schemes, and beautiful fabrics. The varying sizes just go to show that no matter how much room you have, you can always create a beautiful home.
The light colors and airy textures, plus plenty of natural light make for a sweet and feminine atmosphere throughout. A cozy living room offers seating for a few special guests while vaulted bedroom ceilings and large windows create a space where anyone – man or woman – would be lucky to wake up. Patterns are also essential in this apartment, from the intricate tiled floor in the bedroom to the creative wood accent wall in the enviable bathroom.
I discovered this home a few years ago when it was built. What an amazing home and property in Metchosin, B.C
Luxury Oceanfront Estate Takes the Stage in Metchosin – Swanwick Ranch
In Metchosin, just 30 minutes from Victoria, where rural life meets the rugged west coast and summons people from urban centres, it would be safe to assume that ultramodern architecture isn’t always in the local building code. Situated on an impressive 68-acres of tree-lined pastoral property, including a rare 1400-feet of low-bank oceanfront, Swanwick ranch is considered one Canada’s finest modern luxury oceanfront estates.
A tour de force of modern architecture, the house has received two prestigious design awards: the Canadian National Architects Award in 2006 and the British Columbia Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Architecture and Environment Design in 2008. Custom designed by Vancouver architect, Marko Simcic, of Simcic and Uhrich Architects, the idyllic west coast sanctuary has been featured in multiple international architectural and design publications
Exceptional achievement in modern technology and environmental design, the architectural vision was to seamlessly connect the home to the surrounding natural landscape
Capitalizing on the expansive views across the Pacific Ocean to Victoria and sensitively integrating with the natural environment, the design weaves through the aged Garry oaks and creates an effortless access to the beach. The home is equipped with innovative environmental design and progressive technology; its mechanical and electrical systems can be monitored and accessed online from anywhere in the world.Perhaps the most palpable architectural feature of the property is the ten-foot-wide, salt water canyon river that is open to the sky and runs through the middle of the house. The canyon’s avant-garde technology controls the temperature of the house via hydrothermal radiant energy. Obviously not merely a functional feature, the luxurious canyon echoes the home’s natural waterfront aesthetic; surrounded by etched-glass walls with inset lighting and cascading waterfalls, the canyon suffuses a rippling water reflection into the house yielding a sensorial ocean experience.
Local legend circulates that this piece of land was exceptionally special to iconic west coast artist, Emily Carr. Drawn to its natural beauty, Carr is said to have come to this particular pastoral, Garry oak-lined landscape to inspire her paintings and drawings. One of her most famed pieces, Metchosin, 1935-1936, currently hangs in the Vancouver Art Gallery. Whether this municipal myth is true or not, we do know Carr was inspired by the rugged, woodsy beauty of Metchosin. As art collectors themselves, the original owners of Swanwick ranch commissioned painter, David Ladmore, to create nearly 100 paintings for their 9,000-square-feet of gallery white walls. A fusion of classical and contemporary aesthetics, of art and science, both David and Laurie Ladmore created the Swanwick collection to adorn the walls of this architecturally exquisite home.
There's no question that design inspired by the funky colors and general freedom of the 1960s is entirely on trend right now. The visualizer of this house, who goes by Plasterlina, has titled it "That '60s House" and it is easy to see where the name come from. Still, the clean lines and creative details would probably feel more at home the upscale Haight-Ashbury of today than they would at the original Woodstock, which is definitely a good thing since there is not enough Lysol in the world to make us want to return to the real 1960s
The open plan of the main living area is decidedly modern, with a narrow but stylish kitchen opening out into a sunny living room. The spidery light fixture that hangs overhead is both practical and a bit whimsical. Overall, the color palette stays mainly neutral, true to the natural spirit of the 60s, but a few pops of mustardy yellow and some vibrant greens from the indoor ‘herb’ garden is more than welcome. The pattern on the area rug is particularly inspiring with a bit of Southwest happening, while still managing to meld with the wood flooring.
The kitchen is a little narrow, but still has the comforts that any gourmet would require. From expansive counter space to fresh herbs and a sleek cooktop as well as a natural wood breakfast bar, its a cozy slice of this home.
While a home office wasn’t really a thing in the 60s, everyone needs that workspace today. Adding a modern egg chair might invoke a Bond villain a bit, but also ensure privacy .