11 January 2022

Heatherwick Studio unveils updated vision for 1700 Alberni in Vancouver

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“People want bigger and more useable outdoor spaces that create extended living areas, allowing them to take their work or recreational time outside. They want buildings with solidity, personality and depth that feel permanent. Our vision is based around a three-dimensional framework, which strikes the right balance between privacy and the incredible views in all directions – whether it’s Stanley Park and the mountains beyond or towards the harbour and English Bay” – Thomas Heatherwick

Heatherwick Studio has unveiled an updated design for its first residential project in Canada.

Commissioned by Bosa Properties and Kingswood Properties, the project in Vancouver will see the creation of two sculptural new towers, with an engaging streetscape that connects with the surrounding community.

The new design sees the towers repositioned to provide non-restrictive views of the neighbourhood. A thoughtful use of soft lines, intricate latticework and sustainable and long-lasting materials provide a beautifully elegant silhouette for the city. Meanwhile, the outdoor living areas have been extended to build on a strong connection with the wilderness of British Columbia.

Through a thoughtfully curated ground plane, the pedestrian experience is enhanced with continuous podium terraces and recessive balconies allowing for more natural sunlight, with strategically placed plantings offering a rich expression of biophilia. Publicly accessible boutique retail amenities are likely to include a destination restaurant, as well as covered and open outdoor spaces.

Stuart Wood, Group Leader and Partner at Heatherwick Studio, says: “We saw an opportunity to reflect on the past two years and show a more dynamic and contemporary way to live in the city of Vancouver. Our design offers a profound new flexibility for residents to live and work through the creation of generous and flexible outdoor rooms. We have taken influence from the repetitions, rhythms and softness found within the surrounding nature to find a more welcoming and less imposing addition to the Vancouver city-scape.”

1700 Alberni follows two other residential properties designed by the Studio – Lantern House in New York and EDEN in Singapore.

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