bjarke ingels gets approval for beach + howe tower in vancouver
bjarke ingels gets approval for beach + howe tower in vancouver bjarke ingels gets approval for beach + howe tower in vancouver
oct 30, 2013

bjarke ingels gets approval for beach + howe tower in vancouver

bjarke ingels gets approval for beach + howe tower in vancouver
all images courtesy of bjarke ingels group




bjarke ingels group has received approval for their beach + howe tower in vancouver. first proposed in april of 2012, the mixed-use development will be part of a new phase in west coast canadian city’s short, but successful history of urban policy.

view of the tower from the granville overpass




the more than 50-storey structure, positioned on a triangular lot at granville and pacific streets, will mark the entry point into downtown vancouver from the bridge that connects granville island to the city. the challenging site that is trisected by the nearby overpass, as well as other urban set backs, has seen BIG architects employ a 10-storey podium base tower that maximizes its mass where it has the most impact. off-set 30 metres from the highway, as it extends upwards, the high-rise clears the zone of noise and visual pollution widening in its ascension, topping out in a manner that overcomes its restrictions. at its upper most floors, the residential complex offers expansive visual access to the diversity of the built and natural landscape (water and mountains) that vancouver is known for.

green roofs and terraces are integrated throughout ‘beach + howe’ tower




as reported by local news, ‘beach + howe’ will be comprised of ‘407 market residential units built into the main tower, while the 10-storey podium will carry 95 market rental units. in total, it will bring 80,000 square feet of new retail to the area, including grocery, liquor and drug stores, and will be built with 609 vehicle parking stalls and 723 bicycle parking spaces.’

extensive public plazas and green areas will be incorporated at the ground level




as a response to its confined location, a major focus has been put on the integration of communal areas to existing streets at the ground level, providing the neighbourhood with a variety of open and covered zones of varying scales for a number of activities and events. as an extension of the property, triangular complexes opposite the intersection of granville and pacific streets, will be composed of intimately scaled spaces for working, shopping and leisure that face onto public plazas and pathways, transforming the city’s infrastructure, set to become one of vancouver’s most prominent locations.

six-storey triangular complexes opposite the tower will provide additional office and retail areas

view of the two triangular complexes flanking the overpass

profile of the tower’s slender podium that widens in its ascension



project info:


name: beach + howe
type: commission
partner in charge: bjarke ingels, thomas christoffersen
project leader: agustin perez-torres
team: arash adel, melissa bauld, karol borkowski, elena bresciani, david brown, terrence chew, stephanie choi, birk daugaard, david dottelonde, brian foster, sean franklin, hector garcia, julianne gola, alexandra gustafsson, tobias hjortdal, ivy hume, christopher junkin, jan leenknegt, julian liang, chris malcolm, marcella martinez, armen menendian, brian rome, francesca portesine, carolien schippers, blake smith, barbora srpkova, doug stechschulte, alina tamosiunaite, michael taylor, lauren turner, martin voelkle, edward yung, ben zunkelerclient: westbank corporation
collaborators: dialog, cobalt engineers, phllips farevaag smallenberg urban design, buro happold, glotman simpson, james km cheng architects
size: 60, 600 sqm
location: vancouver, canada
status: in progress

  • I’d like to talk to the structural designers of this building……..makes me nervous

    Ronin says:
  • The bridge does not connect Granville Island with downtown, the “island” is under the south end of the bridge, and largely ignores/is ignored by it.
    It is not a highway. It is a city street.
    It is not an overpass, it is a bridge ramp.
    This will get old very quickly, buildings should not appear to be precarious.
    A regular flatt-iron style building would have fit the site just fine.
    Vancouver’s urban policy is not new, high density high rise housing has been part of the scene since the 1960’s.

    Gordon says:
  • Has anyone ever thougt about asking people, if they want to live or work in building that looks as if it would topple every now and then?

    Dirk16 says:
  • I have nightmares about these type of buildings

    Smeagol says:
  • One word from a citizen of the general Los Angeles area – earthquake.
    The other ones that come to mind are – move away from the building.

    Ron Smith says:
  • I wonder how many of the people mentioned as “the team” actually get paid for their work? If it´s same procedure as in Bjarke Ingels Copenhagen office, it can´t be many..

    Paul Dennis says:

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