BIG architects: beach + howe tower, vancouver
apr 13, 2012
BIG architects: beach + howe tower, vancouver


‘beach + howe’ by BIG architects, vancouver, canada
all images courtesy of BIG architects

 

 

 

copenhagen-based studio BIG architects has designed ‘beach + howe’, a residential tower which will become a gateway to
the city of vancouver, canada, joining the skyline as the fourth tallest building. the site is traversed by the branching granville overpass,
leaving the complex divided by the adjacent elevated highway. the masterplan integrates high and low-rise structures into
the odd-shaped lots which have been produced by the roads and the imposed city building codes. setbacks became the starting point
of the design, mandating a minimum 30 meter clearance to the infrastructure.

 

 


aerial view of complex and granville overpass

 

 

 

a slender base forms the nine storey podium which vertically clears the road and traffic, ultimately widening into the 600 unit
residential tower which hovers above the zone of pollution and noise. shopping, retail and working spaces are accessible by
the public plaza which pedestrians may circulate freely under the large concrete supports. as the profile widens, the internal floor area
is reclaimed and views to the ocean and surrounding mountains are revealed.

 

 


triangular complexes border the elevated highway

 

 


triangular building placed between the branching overpass

 

 


connections under the overpass

 

 


public spaces

 

 


public areas under the overpass at night

 

 


the tower’s profile gradually widens from its slender base

 

 


view of the complex at night

 

 


vancouver skyline

 

 


site boundary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

project info:

 

name: beach and howe st.
client: westbank projects corp.
location: vancouver, canada
size: 653,890 sf / 60,670 m2
collaborators: dialog, cobalt engineering, phillips farevaag smallenberg urban design, buro happold, glotman simpson, james km cheng architects
 
partners-in-charge: bjarke ingels, thomas christoffersen
project leader: agustin perez-torres
team: julianne gola, marcella martinez, chris malcolm, karol borkowski, michael taylor, alina tamosiunaite, david brown, tobias hjortdal, alexandra gustafson

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