New skyscrapers in Canada
Six basement levels will house parking space, bringing the total size of the building to 30, 200 square metres.
It is designed to act as a beacon for the entrance to Vancouver's centre from the North Shore and Stanley Park, at the point where the city's urban grid begins to widen out.
"Like many cities today, [Vancouver's] skyline is dominated by verticality – extrusions of generic towers that don't engage their environment and create isolation rather than connection, " said the firm.
"Ole Scheeren's design opens up the inert shaft of the tower to embrace both city and nature in a three-dimensional sculpture which projects the space of living outwards into the surrounding context."
By offsetting the living spaces further up the building, the design aims to create the maximum living space while maintaining a small footprint at ground level to make way for a new public plaza.
"An amplified reinterpretation of the existing water cascade along West Georgia builds on the strong architectural heritage of the site, while multiple crossing paths ensure urban permeability, " said the firm.
The building will replace an existing retail pavilion and landscaping next to another 20-storey office block – the wedge-shaped Crown Life building from 1977, originally designed by local architecture firm Rhone and Iredale. The block is owned by the project's developer Bosa Properties, who says it will be integrated into the new design. Construction dates have not yet been confirmed.
Scheeren founded his Beijing-based studio after leaving Dutch firm OMA, where he was the partner in charge of projects in Asia. He recently revealed plans for a combined auction house and museum beside Beijing's Forbidden City, and completed The Interlace in Singapore – a prototype housing development where horizontal buildings are stacked diagonally across one another to frame terraces, gardens and plazas.
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