Location
  • Vancouver, BC
Client
  • Westbank Project Corp.
Completion
2020
Size
  • 65,032 sq m
  • 700,000 sq ft
Collaborators
  • Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) - Design Architects
DIALOG Services
  • Architecture
  • Interior Design
  • Planning & Urban Design
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Vancouver House is a collaboration between DIALOG and Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG). This neighbourhood-scaled project is comprised of four highly crafted buildings at the north end of the Granville Bridge. The project's iconic tower dramatically unfolds from a mixed-use urban village under the bridge. This new neighbourhood is comprised of three intimately-scaled triangular buildings that provide spaces for working, shopping, and leisure. The tower gains its form in response to site constraints, shape shifting from a triangle at its base to a rectangle 500' above the bridge. A central cathedral-like urban realm below the bridge offers ample opportunity for a variety of uses and public events.
There was something drawing me to this project. I had to try it, and I had to convince others that it was doable. For me, it’s been transformational. Absolutely transformational.
Vance Harris, Principal Architect
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It All Started With A Sketch

Shape shift Negotiating a difficult site trisected by the Granville overpass and burdened by setbacks, the tower maximizes its mass where it has the most impact.
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It All Started With A Sketch01

At its base, a 30m setback from the bridge dictates a triangular footprint on the ground. But as it ascends in elevation, the tower clears the zone of noise and visual chaos.
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It All Started With A Sketch02

It then exploits the opportunity to overcome the setback and reclaims the valuable area. In doing so, it provides an icon for the city’s skyline and a generous public space at its base.
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It All Started With A Sketch03

The buildings peak to rise over the bridge and transform a piece of the city’s infrastructure into one of the most prominent locations in Vancouver.

Awards

2016 Residential Unbuilt , Architzer A + Awards

2015 Award of Excellence, Canadian Architect

2015 Future Project of The Year , World Architecture Festival

2015 Future Project of The Year, World Architecture Festival

2014 1st Place Mixed Use Concept, Rethinking the Future Awards

2012 Residential Sector Winner, Future Schemes, World Architecture News (WAN) Awards

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