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1684 Alberni

Vancouver, BC
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Inspired by both natural and man-made sculptural forms, this elegant design celebrates the art of form-making in architecture. The form of development is contingent on a continuous architectural spine that ascends the middle of each of the building’s four façades. This ‘weave’ or ‘exoskeleton’ takes cues from repeated structures found in nature; seemingly simple elements that, once assembled, achieve greater strength and beauty. The challenge was to find a simple and elegant geometry that, when repeated and woven together, would reveal a complex system that is both functional and visually attractive. The resultant form articulates a graceful repetition that is simultaneously alluring and dynamic.

The exoskeleton profile creates a unique alternating pattern that undulates across the building’s elevations, thus allowing us to move away from the typical design of stratified or monolithic extruded towers so prevalent in Vancouver, and for that matter, the rest of the world. With these staggered opportunities, we are able to provide larger than usual, double-height podium villas. The same stepping feature also allows the tower’s balconies to alternate every other floor, animating the building with unique and generous outdoor spaces that are two storeys high. This change in scale and rhythm challenges the typical approach to the tower typology and offers enhanced livability.

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  • Client:Westbank
  • Type:Residential

1684 Alberni

Vancouver, BC

Inspired by both natural and man-made sculptural forms, this elegant design celebrates the art of form-making in architecture. The form of development is contingent on a continuous architectural spine that ascends the middle of each of the building’s four façades. This ‘weave’ or ‘exoskeleton’ takes cues from repeated structures found in nature; seemingly simple elements that, once assembled, achieve greater strength and beauty. The challenge was to find a simple and elegant geometry that, when repeated and woven together, would reveal a complex system that is both functional and visually attractive. The resultant form articulates a graceful repetition that is simultaneously alluring and dynamic.

The exoskeleton profile creates a unique alternating pattern that undulates across the building’s elevations, thus allowing us to move away from the typical design of stratified or monolithic extruded towers so prevalent in Vancouver, and for that matter, the rest of the world. With these staggered opportunities, we are able to provide larger than usual, double-height podium villas. The same stepping feature also allows the tower’s balconies to alternate every other floor, animating the building with unique and generous outdoor spaces that are two storeys high. This change in scale and rhythm challenges the typical approach to the tower typology and offers enhanced livability.

Facts

  • ClientWestbank
  • TypeResidential