December 14, 2015
by Elsa Lam
Bjarke Ingels Group and DIALOG’s proposal for a 150-metre high twisted skyscraper in Vancouver has won the title Future Project of the Year 2015 at the World Architecture Festival (WAF). The project also garnered a Canadian Architect 2015 Award of Excellence.
The designers contorted the form of their 49-storey Vancouver House, creating a 30-metre setback from the adjacent motorway flyover that prevents any windows or balconies from overlooking it. Nine floors at the base of the tower will accommodate offices, shops and restaurants, which will spill out onto a series of public plazas that stretch underneath the elevated highway.
The WAF judges selected the project because it “mitigates the destructive impact of the highway flyover on infrastructure and urban form, and generates an exemplar new urban typology.” They said, “It is a delightful project that will impact positively on many future municipality- and developer-led agendas for cities across the world.”
In 2014, the Future Project of the Year prize was awarded to Canadian firm 5468796 with its unrealized design for an art gallery in Victoria, BC.