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BIG's Relocated Serpentine Pavilion Nears Completion in Toronto as Landmark Tower Tops Out in Vancouver

BIG's Relocated Serpentine Pavilion Nears Completion in Toronto as Landmark Tower Tops Out in Vancouver
BIG's Relocated Serpentine Pavilion Nears Completion in Toronto as Landmark Tower Tops Out in Vancouver, Unzipped Toronto. Image Courtesy of Westbank
Unzipped Toronto. Image Courtesy of Westbank

The collaboration of Bjarke Ingels Group and Westbank are celebrating two milestones in Canada, as the topping out of their innovative Vancouver House coincides with the advanced construction of their relocated Serpentine Pavilion in Toronto.

The two BIG-designed structures, located on opposite coasts, have both been recognized for their architectural innovation. The LEED-Platinum Vancouver House was awarded the World Architecture Festival’s Future Building of the Year in 2015, while the “unzipped wall” is the first Serpentine Pavilion to embark on a multi-city tour of this kind, before ultimately landing in a permanent home on the Vancouver waterfront.

Vancouver House. Image Courtesy of Westbank Vancouver House. Image Courtesy of Westbank Unzipped Toronto. Image Courtesy of Westbank Unzipped Toronto. Image Courtesy of Westbank + 9

Unzipped Toronto. Image Courtesy of Westbank
Unzipped Toronto. Image Courtesy of Westbank
Unzipped Toronto. Image Courtesy of Westbank
Unzipped Toronto. Image Courtesy of Westbank

BIG’s 2016 Serpentine Pavilion “unzipped wall” played on one of the most basic elements of architecture: the brick wall. Over 1800 extruded fiberglass blocks were stacked on top of each other, parting to form an “unzipped” entrance to an interior cavern. While open in Hyde Park from June to October 2016, the pavilion attracted a record number of visits.

Since its dismantlement, the pavilion has been re-assembled to Toronto, where it will form the centerpiece for a new exhibition entitled “Unzipped.” The 46-foot (14-meter)-high and 88-foot (27-meter)-long pavilion will serve as an architectural showcase during the day, before becoming a “destination for unique programming, dialogue, and events” by night.

Vancouver House. Image Courtesy of Westbank
Vancouver House. Image Courtesy of Westbank
Vancouver House. Image Courtesy of Westbank
Vancouver House. Image Courtesy of Westbank

Meanwhile, over 2000 miles (3300 kilometers) away, on the other side of Canada, the 500-foot (150-meter)-high Vancouver House has topped out in the downtown area. Designed by BIG and local architect DIALOG, and developed by Westbank, the landmark scheme is defined by a striking silhouette expanding upwards from a triangular base to a rectangular tower.

Vancouver House. Image Courtesy of Westbank
Vancouver House. Image Courtesy of Westbank
Vancouver House. Image Courtesy of Westbank
Vancouver House. Image Courtesy of Westbank

Set to become one of Vancouver’s tallest buildings, the scheme has been described as “one of the world’s most technologically advanced high-rise residential buildings and first LEED Platinum-certified residential towers.” Aside from 480 residential units, the scheme will feature base levels activated by a farmer’s market, restaurants, pop-up shops, and creative workspace.

Vancouver House. Image Courtesy of Westbank
Vancouver House. Image Courtesy of Westbank
Vancouver House. Image Courtesy of Westbank
Vancouver House. Image Courtesy of Westbank

Vancouver House is expected to open in 2019. Meanwhile, “Unzipped” will be open to the public from September to November 2018.

News via: Westbank

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Cite: Niall Patrick Walsh. "BIG's Relocated Serpentine Pavilion Nears Completion in Toronto as Landmark Tower Tops Out in Vancouver" 03 Aug 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/899563/bigs-relocated-serpentine-pavilion-nears-completion-in-toronto-as-landmark-tower-tops-out-in-vancouver/> ISSN 0719-8884
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Unzipped Toronto. Image Courtesy of Westbank

BIG“温哥华地标建筑”即将竣工,并将形态相仿的“蛇形画廊”重置于多伦多

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