Recently listed among Vancouver's 15 best buildings by City Planning Director Brian Jackson (2012 - 2015), this project perched on the southwest end of the Cambie Street Bridge marks the symbolic gateway to Vancouver’s uptown. A rare opportunity on a once-forgotten site, the commercial/ residential mixed-use project presents an avant-garde building form of cascading post-tensioned concrete cantilever floors and a layered screen façade that reflects light and distorts the boundaries between interior and exterior. This project boasts a number of design “firsts” for the architectural typology.
The dynamic free-form in precast and cast in place white concrete emphasizes the vortex energy of the bridgehead site. Spandrels are shaped and engineered to maximize passive solar shading while simultaneously working as privacy screens - blocking light and noise from the adjacent bridge traffic and bustling pedestrian walkways below.
“One of the best pieces of architecture I have seen in the five years since I have been the Director of Planning.” - Brent Toderain, Vancouver Chief Planner 2006 - 2012