Flora-Inspired Tower Proposed for Downtown Vancouver

The 47-story residential tower would add to Vancouver's burgeoning high-rise collection.
The 47-story residential tower would add to Vancouver's burgeoning high-rise collection.
20 May 2020, Vancouver, Canada

The northeast corner of the intersection of Barclay Street and Thurlow Street could be redeveloped into a 47-story residential tower that adds to downtown Vancouver’s growing collection of high-profile architecture.

The proposal by Pacific Northern Developments is for the site at 1063-1075 Barclay Street in the West End, which is currently occupied by a 1990-built, seven-story condominium building, and a 2003-built, two-story townhouse. They are envisioning a total of 361 homes, with a mix of 91 social housing units and 270 condominiums. A higher ratio of family-sized units with two bedrooms or larger is proposed, with 50 percent of the social housing units designated with this size, and 35 percent of the condominiums suitable for larger families.

Outdoor amenity space for all building residents, regardless of their housing tenure, will be shared.

Designed by Montreal-based ACDF Architecture and IBI Group, this concept calls for a “tower in the park” that includes generous landscaping, trees, and seating to create a park-like setting. A public plaza is proposed for the southeast corner of the property.

This tower’s iconic architecture is defined by its garden-inspired theme, with the intricate system of balconies taking on the shapes of flora and fauna.

“Our design is informed by Vancouver’s natural surroundings, including flora and fauna. We drew inspiration from the shapes of the fig leaf and tulip when sculpting the building and the balconies,” reads the design description.

The proponents are aiming for a LEED Gold green building design that will help meet the city’s Low Emissions Green Buildings requirements. A formal rezoning application has yet to be submitted, as the proposal is still in its pre-application, early-design stage.
Within Vancouver, ACDF is perhaps best known for its work on Parq Vancouver and Grosvenor Pacific Tower.

Spurred by the city’s West End Community Plan, a cluster of major redevelopments are planned for the immediate area.

Located immediately south of the site, just across the street, Bosa Properties and Kingswood Capital are proposing to turn 1070 Barclay Street into twin towers reaching a height of up to 458 feet (139 meters). The Jenga-like design by German firm Büro Ole Scheeren will contain 481 market condominium units and 162 social housing units.

This is also near 1059-1075 Nelson Street, where a 586-foot (179-meter) 60-story tower is proposed to include 485 homes, including 113 social housing units, 49 market rental units, and 323 condominiums. This project by Henson Developments is designed by WKK Architects and IBI Group. It is located adjacent to Westbank’s The Butterfly, which is currently under construction.

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