BIG architects: beach + howe tower, vancouver 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

  • pretty damn cool

    dbkii says:
  • It is not a highway bridge, it links city street to city street, it’s just a big bridge in the ’50s style.

    Gpanderson says:
  • it would be better it whole structures look related.

    rainy5pm says:
  • this is fuckin awesome!!!

    Bayu Rismabuana Architect (BRA) says:
  • This is awesome!

    loncatt says:
  • cool!

    studio labzona says:

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