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kengo kuma's 'alberni' residential tower in vancouver revealed in updated images

in 2016, designboom met with japanese architect kengo kuma to discuss ‘alberni’, the 43-story residential tower planned for vancouver, canada. now, with construction moving ahead, updated images of the project have been revealed ahead of its scheduled completion in 2021. the images highlight the structure’s carved form, where two emphatic ‘scoops’ result in deep balconies with wooden soffits and decks. in both instances, the carvings create semi-enclosures that establish connections with the tower’s surroundings.

kengo kuma alberni
image © hayes davidson | video © westbank

 

 

the distinct form that kengo kuma developed for ‘alberni’ results in a constantly changing silhouette, which takes on different appearances from different vantage points. located at the intersection of alberni and cardero street, close to vancouver harbour, the building meets the ground with two intersecting domed vaults that embrace the public realm. under these arching structures, an extensive moss garden defines the entrance and flows up to the swimming pool above.

kengo kuma alberni
image © hayes davidson

 

 

developed by westbank, the development company behind BIG’s ‘vancouver house’ and ‘king toronto’ projects, ‘alberni’ will include intricate design details in woodwork throughout. the project’s amenities include a kengo kuma-designed fazioli piano as well as a japanese restaurant, operated in collaboration with the owner of two michelin-starred kaiseki restaurant, waketokuyama. see designboom’s previous coverage of the project here, which includes an in-depth interview with kengo kuma.

kengo kuma alberni
image © hayes davidson

kengo kuma alberni
image © hayes davidson

kengo kuma's 'alberni' residential tower in vancouver revealed in updated images
image © hayes davidson

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image © hayes davidson

kengo kuma's 'alberni' residential tower in vancouver revealed in updated images
image © hayes davidson

kengo kuma's 'alberni' residential tower in vancouver revealed in updated images
image © hayes davidson

kengo kuma's 'alberni' residential tower in vancouver revealed in updated images
image © KKAA

kengo kuma's 'alberni' residential tower in vancouver revealed in updated images
image © ed white photographics

kengo kuma's 'alberni' residential tower in vancouver revealed in updated images
image © ed white photographics

 

 

project info:

 

name: alberni
location: vancouver, canada
commencement: 2016
completion: 2021
size: 271,859 sqf / 25,250 sqm
type: residential / commercial
status: under construction, completion scheduled for 2021

 

developer: westbank corp
lead design architect: kengo kuma and associates (KKAA)
KKAA project team: balazs bognar, michael sypkens*, esteban ochogavia*, richard david nelson, nicolas cazali, jagoda krawcyk, yasemin sahiner, kevin clement, nicolas guichard, moeko yamagata, shinya toyama, tomohiro matsunaga, martina bandolin, john xianfeng jiang, fumiya kaneko, takumi saikawa*, mira yung*, yu tsuji* (* former staff)
executive architect: merrick architecture
landscape architect: PFS studio
engineer: glotman simpson engineers

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