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Vancouver: The Latest Architecture and News

World's Tallest Passive House Skyscraper Designed for Vancouver

Canadian company Henson Developments has released plans to build the world's tallest passive house in Vancouver's West End neighborhood. The 60-story project and rezoning application is being reviewed by the City of Vancouver before it goes to city council for a public hearing. Aiming to earn Passive House certification, the tower was formed to break away from traditional Passive House design approaches.

Step House / Measured Architecture

© Ema Peter © Ema Peter © Ema Peter © Ema Peter + 25

Houses  · 
Vancouver, Canada
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project Measured Architecture
  • Area Area of this architecture project
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2018

Henriquez Partners Designs Tapered Towers for Vancouver

Canadian architecture practice Henriquez Partners has designed a series of ten towers for a new suburban development in Vancouver. The mixed-use project was made for developer Westbank to create a new 4.5 million-square-foot residential community for the city. Dubbed Oakridge, the towers will include housing, office and retail as a contemporary architecture for the Pacific Northwest.

Oakridge. Image Courtesy of Westbank Oakridge. Image Courtesy of Westbank Oakridge. Image Courtesy of Westbank Oakridge. Image Courtesy of Westbank + 8

AMS Nest / DIALOG + B+H Architects

© Ema Peter © Ema Peter © Ema Peter © Ema Peter + 13

University  · 
Vancouver, Canada
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project B+H Architects, DIALOG
  • Interiors Designers Authors of this architecture project B+H Architects + DIALOG
  • Area Area of this architecture project
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2015

The Duke Housing / Acton Ostry Architects

© Michael Elkan © Michael Elkan © Michael Elkan © Michael Elkan + 23

Apartments  · 
Vancouver, Canada
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project Acton Ostry Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2018

Missing Middle Infill Housing / Haeccity Studio Architecture

© Sama Jim Canzian © Sama Jim Canzian © Sama Jim Canzian © Sama Jim Canzian + 19

Housing  · 
Vancouver, Canada
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project Haeccity Studio Architecture
  • Area Area of this architecture project
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2018

Perkins + Will Design the World's Tallest Wooden Skyscraper for Vancouver

Perkins + Will have revealed a new design for the world’s tallest wooden skyscraper in Vancouver. Called Canada Earth Tower, the mass timber project is designed along the city’s Central Broadway corridor. Bruce Langereis, president of Delta Land Development, unveiled the company’s proposal to transform a 1.3-acre lot at 1745 West 8th Avenue with a project that could rise up to 40 floors. Canada Earth Tower aims to become a new precedent and benchmark for green building construction.

Canada Earth Tower. Image Courtesy of Perkins + Will / Delta Land Development Canada Earth Tower. Image Courtesy of Perkins + Will / Delta Land Development Canada Earth Tower. Image Courtesy of Perkins + Will / Delta Land Development Canada Earth Tower. Image Courtesy of Perkins + Will / Delta Land Development + 7

Yew House / Campos Studio + Tom Chung Studio

© Conrad Brown © Conrad Brown © Conrad Brown © Andrew Latreille + 17

Renovation  · 
Vancouver, Canada

The World's Most Liveable Cities in 2019

For ten consecutive years, Vienna ranks first in the Mercer survey on cities with the best quality of life in the world. In this edition to the global ranking, eight Western European cities join the top ten, even when "trade tensions and populist undercurrents continue to dominate the global economic climate", as Mercer points out in its report.

Split Level House / D'Arcy Jones Architects

© Sama Jim Canzian © Sama Jim Canzian © Sama Jim Canzian © Sama Jim Canzian + 26

Residential  · 
Vancouver, Canada
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project D'Arcy Jones Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2017

How Zena Howard Uses Design to Help Cities Heal

The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. Image© Brad Feinknopf
The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. Image© Brad Feinknopf

This article was originally published on Metropolis Magazine as "Game Changers: Architect Zena Howard is Using Design as Urban Healing." Metropolis' annual Game Changers series highlights those in design who are pushing the field forward.

Transforming urban centers can be slow going when the process is rooted in community engagement. But within the next five to ten years, historically African-American neighborhoods in Charlotte and Greenville, North Carolina; Miami; Vancouver; and Los Angeles will experience major change, thanks to architect Zena Howard, who leads Perkins+Will’s cultural practice in North Carolina.

Herzog & de Meuron Release Final Design for Vancouver Art Gallery

The Vancouver Art Gallery has unveiled the final design for its 300,000-square-foot building designed by Herzog & de Meuron. Designed to serve the Gallery’s ever-expanding collection of art and educational programs, the scheme will offer “a global platform for Vancouver’s and Canada’s thriving arts scene and play a vital role in establishing this city as one of the world’s most foremost cities for arts and culture.”

The scheme has been designed as a sculptural, symmetrical, upright building infusing opaque and transparent surfaces. The stacked scheme sees a minimal mass at the bottom contrast with larger volumes concentrated at the top, allowing light and air to filter down to an active, open-air courtyard below.

Gallery Courtyard view of entry pavilion at Cambie Street. Image © Herzog & de Meuron West Georgia Street at night. Image © Herzog & de Meuron Gallery Courtyard. Image © Herzog & de Meuron West Georgia Street entrance. Image © Herzog & de Meuron + 9

Studio Three / D'Arcy Jones Architects

© Sama Jim Canzian © Sama Jim Canzian © Sama Jim Canzian © Sama Jim Canzian + 13

Vancouver, Canada
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project D'Arcy Jones Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2017

New Renderings Reveal Vancouver's 'Gateway Tower' Counterpart to BIG's Vancouver House

Shanghai-based JYOM Architecture and GBL Architects have released new renderings of 601 Beach Crescent, the 'Gateway Tower' counterpart to Bjarke Ingels Group's Vancouver House project. As the Daily Hive reports, developer Pinnacle International recently submitted its formal rezoning application to develop the vacant site on the north end of the Granville Street Bridge in downtown Vancouver. Conceptually, the tower was designed to replicate the motions of the dancing female form.

601 Beach Crescent. Image Courtesy of Jyom Architecture / GBL Architects 601 Beach Crescent. Image Courtesy of Jyom Architecture / GBL Architects 601 Beach Crescent. Image Courtesy of Jyom Architecture / GBL Architects 601 Beach Crescent. Image Courtesy of Jyom Architecture / GBL Architects + 18

UBC Quantum Matter Institute / PUBLIC Architecture + Communication

© Martin Tessler © Martin Tessler © Martin Tessler © Martin Tessler + 14

Vancouver, Canada

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

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

Cambie Apartments / Haeccity Studio Architecture

© Krista Jahnke © Krista Jahnke © Krista Jahnke © Krista Jahnke + 16

Renovation  · 
Vancouver, Canada

Ole Scheeren Unveils Design for High Rise 'Barclay Village' Project in Vancouver

Buro Ole Scheeren recently revealed their design for two new towers to be built between Davie and Robson Villages in Vancouver, Canada. Named “Barclay Village,” the project combines residential units (with 30 percent of the units reserved for social housing), a variety of public amenities, and green terraces. The design was inspired by the "texture and scale of the surrounding urban fabric and folds the typologies of the two historic villages."