Janet Echelman’s Largest Aerial Sculpture To Premiere in Vancouver

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American Artist Janet Echelman is to premiere her latest, and largest, sculpture in Vancouver. Widely known for her artistic ability to reshape urban airspace, Echelman’s sophisticated mixture of ancient craft and modern technology has led to collaborations with aeronautical and mechanical engineers, architects, lighting designers, landscape architects, and fabricators to “transform urban environments world wide with her net sculptures.” Using a light weight fibre to elevate her monumental “breathing” forms above the streets of urban centres, Echelman’s new sculpture will be of a size and scale never before attempted.

Rebirth of The York Theatre / Henriquez Partners Architects

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Architects: Henriquez Partners Architects
Location: , BC,
Area: 6171.0 ft2
Year: 2012
Photographs: Ed White, Harold Kalman

Mozilla YVR / Hughes Condon Marler Architects

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Architects: Hughes Condon Marler Architects
Location: Gastown, , BC, Canada
Area: 6,250 sqft
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Hughes Condon Marler Architects

Harry Gugger Studio’s ‘The Exchange’ to Rise in Vancouver

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Construction broke ground last month for ‘The Exchange’ tower in Vancouver, ’s first LEED Platinum heritage conversion and Harry Gugger Studio’s first North American building. The 31-floor office building resolves the strict urban regulations imposed on high-rise construction downtown and addresses the historical context by preserving and integrating the façade of the city’s historic Stock Exchange building.

Woodlands Community Garden Shed / Brendan Callander + Jason Pielak + Stella Cheung-Boyland

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Architects: Brendan Callander +  + Stella Cheung-Boyland
Location: , Canada
Photographs: Dave Delnea Images

University Boulevard Transit Shelters / PUBLIC Architecture + Communication

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Architects: PUBLIC Architecture + Communication
Location: University Boulevard, UBC, , BC,
Design Team: John Wall, AIBC, Brian Wakelin, AIBC, Christopher Sklar, UBC Properties Trust, University of British Columbia
Area: 120.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Krista Jahnke , Courtesy of PUBLIC

BIG’s Beach + Howe Tower Wins Approval in Vancouver

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Bjarke Ingels Group ()’s 700,000 square foot Beach + Howe development has been approved by the City Council. Though concerns still remain regarding the height of the 52-story tower – which is intended to become the city’s fourth tallest building – an overwhelming majority of the council and public seems to be enthusiastic about the project. 

“It meets the test at every respect — gorgeous architecture, turning a dead space into a vibrant public space with animation and job space. The housing is diverse and much needed… People have used the word iconic – I think it’s remarkable design to combine so many elements on a tough site,” stated Mayor Gregor Robertson before the vote. “It’s an extraordinary project that deserves strong council support.”

Children’s Playhouse ‘Sam + Pam’ / Office of McFarlane Biggar Architects + Designers Inc.

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Architects: Office of McFarlane Biggar Architects + Designers Inc.
Location: Pacific National Exhibition, 2901 East Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC V5K 5J1, Canada
Contractors: Kindred Construction
Year: 2013
Photographs: Latreille Delage

First Peoples House / Formline Architecture + Urbanism

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Architects: Formline Architecture + Urbanism
Location: , Canada
Architect In Charge: Alfred Waugh
Team: Ken Wong, Adam Slavinski
Area: 1,196 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Nick Lehoux

BESTIE / Scott and Scott Architects

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Architects: Scott and Scott Architects
Location: , Canada
Area: 70 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Scott and Scott Architects

Southlands Residence / DIALOG

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Architects: DIALOG
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia,
Principal In Charge: Alan Boniface
Project Architect: Vance Harris
Area: 3,200 sqft
Year: 2011
Photographs: Kristopher Grunert

Earth Sciences Building / Perkins + Will

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Architects: Perkins + Will
Location: , British Columbia, Canada
Design Team: Peter Busby, Aneta Chmiel, Maginnis Cocivera, Paul Cowcher, Anna Espinoza, Jana Foit, Jeremiah Deutscher, Joerk Gravenstein, Herman Kao, Jon Loewen, Teresa Miller, Soren Schou, Eric Stedman, Julie Wong
Area: 15,794 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Martin Tessler

Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability / Perkins + Will

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Architects: Perkins + Will
Location: , British Columbia, Canada
Design Team: Peter Busby, Martin Nielsen, Maginnis Cocivera, Sebastien Garon, Brian Gasmena, Jörk Grävenstein, Horace Lai, Blair McCarry, Z Smith
Area: 5,675 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Martin Tessler

City Design Panel Endorses BIG’s Mixed-Use Vancouver Tower

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A BIG step forward for Vancouver’s latest mixed-use tower making international headlines, as the 497-foot tall Beach and Howe proposal has received an “enthusiastic endorsement” from the city’s design panel.

Commissioned by Canada’s real estate mogul Ian Gillespie of Westbank, the Bjarke Ingles Group-designed tower promises to add a foreign twist to Vancouver’s skyline and create a new identity for an undefined section of town at the fringe of the city’s residential area. The 700,000 square foot complex – which contains shopping, social housing and market rental apartments – was praised by the panel for anchoring itself on a nine-story podium that occupies the disused, interstitial spaces found between the Granville Street Bridge’s entry and exit ramps.

More after the break…

Robert H. N. Ho Research Centre / CEI Architecture + MCMP Architects

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Architects: CEI Architecture + MCMP Architects
Location: , Canada
Area: 65,000 sq ft
Year: 2011
Photographs: Howard Waisman

Centre for Digital Media / Musson Cattell Mackey Partnership Architects

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Architects: Musson Cattell Mackey Partnership Architects
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Interiors: MCM Interiors Ltd.
Area: 49,091 sq ft
Year: 2012
Photographs: Derek Lepper

UBC Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences / Saucier + Perrotte architectes & HCMA

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Architects: Saucier + Perrotte architectes + HCMA
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia,
Project Architect: Bill Uhrich () / Craig Lane ()
Architectural Concept And Design: Gilles Saucier (S+P)
Managing Principals: André Perrotte (S+P), Roger Hughes (HCMA)
Design Coordinator: David Moreaux (S+P)
Year: 2012
Area: 27,311 sqm
Photographs: Marc Cramer

Re:think Housing Competition Entry / Jessie Andjelic, Albert Dijk and Philip Vandermey

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With the aim to generate a broader discussion of possibilities for ’s affordable housing crisis, Jessie Andjelic, Albert Dijk and submitted their Meta Vancouverism and Vancouver Islands proposal for the Re:think Housing competition held by the City of Vancouver. These concepts are focused on on being grenade projects in response to perceived contradictions within dominant themes of Vancouver urban planning – affordability, sustainability, nature, speculative urbanism, sprawl and the condo rush. More images and architects’ description after the break.