Two Dramatic, Nature-Inspired Developments Proposed for West End

September 27, 2017

West End Development

The developments would be located at the intersection of Thurlow and Harwood, and at Alberni and Bidwell

Rezoning applications have submitted for two residential developments in Vancouver’s West End, according to the City of Vancouver website

The first of the two is a proposed 39-storey market residential tower with a six-storey podium located on the southwest corner of Alberni Street and Bidwell street. Local developer Westbank Projects and Bing Thom Architects are responsible for the project. The tower has a rather striking architectural design, with the building's outer structure mimicking the look of an exoskeleton.

“The profile of the exoskeleton creates a unique alternating pattern that literally steps up the building, thus allowing us to move away from the typical stratified or monolithic extruded towers design so prevalent in Vancouver, and for that matter, the rest of the world,” stated the design rationale.  

Four levels of underground parking, with 180 parking stalls and 120 bicycle parking spaces would be included in the Westbank tower.

The second development consists of two residential towers located at the corner of Harwood Street and Thurlow Street, and is being proposed by BlueSky Partners and Henriquez Partners Architects. According to the rezoning application, the North tower will be made up of 59 market residential units on floors 18-33 and 98 social housing units on floors 2-18. The second tower will have one less floor and be made up of 143 market residential units.  

“The proposed towers in a park are inspired by the clean modern lines of the West End character and contextual relationship to the surrounding fabric,” stated the BlueSky project description. “A modern minimalism that is designed as a complementary addition to the existing context, and an urban retreat for residents.”

See renderings of the two proposed developments below. 

Alberni Rendering
Photo: Westbank Projects/Bing Thom Architects

The Westbank development will have balconies on every other floor


Alberni Rendering
Photo: Westbank Projects/Bing Thom Architects

The entrance of the building will have a reflecting pool and pedestrian bridge


Alberni Rendering
Photo: Westbank Projects/Bing Thom Architects

The "exoskeleton" design of the development is seen clearly in this rendering


BlueSky 1
Photo: BlueSky Properties/Henriquez Partners Architects

According to the application, several features in the BlueSky development will have a wood finish


West End Development
Photo: BlueSky Properties/Henriquez Partners Architects

The building's base will be built with marble 


BlueSky 2
Photo: BlueSky Properties/Henriquez Partners Architects

Residents will have access to a rooftop garden as well as gardens at the base of the towers

Andrea is the Content and Social Media Specialist at Andrea has over five years of multi-industry experience in communications and content marketing. Originally from Toronto, Andrea moved to Vancouver in April 2016 and has been loving the West Coast life ever since.
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