Heatherwick Studio updates the design of Vancouver’s 1700 Alberni Towers
Heatherwick Studio has unveiled a brand new update for its 1700 Alberni Towers residential project in Vancouver, BC. The new design features expansive outdoor living spaces with sweeping views of the built environment and surrounding landscape, inspired by the province’s close connection to wilderness, as well as the use of sustainable local materials.
The update comes after the design team saw the need to improve the connection between the towers and the surrounding nature and to build with materials that will last. Heatherwick Studio’s vision of fostering an affinity with nature and the landscapes that surround it is formed by a woven pattern that interlocks to create expansive outdoor living spaces, one of the key features of the project. The design draws inspiration from the repetitions, rhythms and softness of Vancouver’s nature to create a welcoming, less imposing addition to its urban fabric.
The project is further conceptualized with ceramic glazed terracotta, which creates a balance between privacy and panoramic views. The two towers have been repositioned to be close to each other, to ensure unrestricted views of the neighborhood. The ground floor is organized to enhance the pedestrian experience with continuous podium terraces, recessed balconies and greenery, allowing for more natural light throughout the project and a rich biophilia.
Heatherwick Studio unveils a pair of curvaceous towers for Vancouver
We thought long and hard about how the new design should fit in with what we’re hearing not just in Vancouver, but around the world about what people are increasingly expecting from their cities and towns. This is reflected in what they expect from new homes. People want larger, more usable outdoor spaces that create expansive living spaces, allowing them to take their time for work or leisure outside. They want buildings with solidity, personality, and depth that feel permanent. –Thomas Heatherwick
Each tower will have generous balconies that will serve as outdoor rooms with views that stretch from Vancouver Harbor and the North Shore mountains to English Bay and Vancouver Island. These transition zones provide a “seamless connection” between urban life and the outdoors in Vancouver. 387 residences will be spread over 30 (East Tower) and 39 (West Tower) floors with a common podium. The development includes leisure facilities such as a swimming pool, gym, spa, wellness facilities and an outdoor terrace.
Earlier last year, Heatherwick Studio shared plans for the “curvaceous” skyscrapers, which were inspired by tree-like shapes to create a “new level of global design excellence” that emerges from a square at ground level. Initially, the two towers were to rise between 30 and 34 floors. The project was designed to be made from concrete, wood and glass, as well as bronze colored glazed panels.
The project is developed in collaboration with Kingswood Properties and Bosa Properties.