Heatherwick releases updated design of Vancouver tower

Heatherwick Studio has unveiled a new design for its residential project in Vancouver, with partners Kingswood Properties and Bosa Properties.

Heatherwick Studio has unveiled a new design for its residential project in Vancouver, with partners Kingswood Properties and Bosa Properties.

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The new design includes two adjacent towers with soft lines and intricate latticework formed by an architectural-scale woven pattern that interlocks to create generous outdoor living spaces. According to Thomas Heatherwick, 1700 Alberni  is based around a three-dimensional framework, and will be clad in ceramic-glazed terracotta.

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“We’ve thought long and hard about how the new design should adapt to what we’re hearing not just in Vancouver, but all over the world about what people increasingly expect of their towns and cities. This is reflected in what they want from new homes,” says Heatherwick.

Through a thoughtfully curated ground plane, the pedestrian experience is enhanced with continuous podium terraces and recessive balconies allowing for more natural sunlight, and strategically placed plantings offering a rich expression of biophilia.

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Each residential building will have generous balconies that function like outdoor rooms that stretch from Vancouver Harbour and the North Shore Mountains to English Bay and Vancouver Island.

As well as 387 residences across 30 (East Tower) and 39 (West Tower) floors with a shared podium, the concept includes a range of amenities including a pool, gym, spa, wellness facilities and an outdoor terrace.

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Stuart Wood, Group Leader and Partner at Heatherwick Studio said: “We saw an opportunity to reflect on the past two years and show a more dynamic and contemporary way to live in the city of Vancouver. Our design offers a profound new flexibility for residents to live and work through the creation of generous and flexible outdoor rooms. We have taken influence from the repetitions, rhythms and softness found within the surrounding nature to find a more welcoming and less imposing addition to the Vancouver city-scape.”

“It’s hard to overstate how spectacular the city of Vancouver really is unless you have had the opportunity to experience it. Heatherwick Studio has translated the wild sensibility of the majestic mountains, lush forests and expansive ocean that surrounds us into an architectural form that will allow people to feel like they are truly within it all. It is all about the relationship with the natural world, and we are really excited to see this landmark contribute to the thriving diversity of the West End,” says  Colin Bosa, CEO of Bosa Properties.

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