#2306, 1480 Howe Street, Vancouver
The stunning building that will change the shape of the Vancouver Skyline, Vancouver House, to be completed in 2018, is a highly coveted address. Named the "Best New Condo Development in Vancouver in 2014" by the Georgia Strait, this will be the place to be and be seen.
The young Danish architect Bjarke Ingels, named the "Innovator of the Year" by the Wall Street Journal, has become the man of the hour and is in high demand after his work with Ian Gillespie, President & Founder of Westbank Corp. on this project.
The tower appears to defy gravity, a top-heavy shape that ascends from a triangular base. It will be more than 500 feet tall and yet its foundation only 6,000 square feet.
“The total floor plate above is about 13,000 square feet, so your building is twice as heavy up top,” says director of sales Jason Dolker. “It’s the reverse of the usual building that gets skinnier and skinnier as it goes up.”
It wasn’t a creation driven by ego, or the “edifice complex” that drives development in cities such as Dubai and elsewhere, insists Mr. Gillespie.
“This wasn’t some attempt at being extravagant or trying to shock people into some crazy form,” he says. “Instead, the form came out of the constraints.”
Working with limited land area, they have more than outdone themselves with this building. With every floor plan unique, this is a project truly worth waiting for.