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Fresh renderings of 43-storey Alberni Street tower

A slender and striking 43-storey residential tower is proposed for a mid-block site on Alberni Street in Coal Harbour, a neighbourhood quickly transforming into an architectural showcase.

Landa Global Properties is teaming up with Asia Standard Americas on the tower, which was designed by SOM Architects and IBI Group.

The site, which is occupied by a 15-storey apartment tower, was originally proposed to be redeveloped into a 100 per cent market rental tower by its former owners Hollyburn Properties. However, Hollyburn abandoned the plans and decided to sell to Landa Global in 2018.

1640-1650 Alberni current condition
Existing building on site. Credit: Landa Global/Asia Standard Americas
1640-1650 Alberni project site
Project site on Alberni Street in Coal Harbour. Credit: Landa Global/Asia Standard Americas

The latest proposal, for which a pre-application open house was recently held, will see all 66 rental apartments currently on the site replaced, and the addition of 197 market strata homes in a 43-storey tower, with a five-storey podium.

Most of the units — 65 per cent overall — will be two bedrooms or larger and suitable for families.

1640-1650 Alberni podium design
Detail of podium design. Credit: Landa Global/Asia Standard Americas
1640-1650 Alberni elevations
Elevations of upcoming development at 1640-1650 Alberni Street. Credit: Landa Global/Asia Standard Americas

All of the current tenants will be eligible for financial compensation and moving expenses under the city’s Tenant Relocation and Protection Policy.

The developers say the project “will bring a unique and distinctive design, establishing a recognizable presence on the Vancouver skyline.”

The architects state that the building has been “sculpted to preserve views to the North Shore mountains,” and that “the goal of the design is to create a simple, slender tower silhouette which maximizes on views and provides units with ample sunlight during the day.”

There will be 245 underground parking stalls and 560 bicycle parking spots.

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1640-1650 Alberni nearby developments
Nearby approved and proposed developments. Credit: Landa Global/Asia Standard Americas

The upcoming development is within several blocks of Alberni Street that are set to see major transformation in the coming years.

Directly north of the site, the White Spot restaurant property will be redeveloped with two, 38-storey towers.

Towers at White Spot site
Towers at White Spot site.

Adjacent to the White Spot site, Anthem Properties is planning a 33-storey tower on the former Chevron service station site.

The architects are Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates of New York City and Chris Dikeakos Architects of Vancouver.

Anthem West Georgia open house building model
Building model of Anthem’s upcoming condo tower on West Georgia Street.

To the east on Alberni Street, construction on Kengo Kuma’s 43-storey tower is well underway.

The sloping façade of the ultra-luxury tower will be clad in aluminum panels and include extensive use of timber. The developer is Westbank.

Model of Alberni by Kuma
Model of Alberni by Kengo Kuma, to be located at 1550 Alberni Street in Vancouver’s Coal Harbour.

Another block away, Landa Global and Asia Standard Americas are planning two residential towers (48-storey and 43-storey) at 1444 Alberni Street. 

The buildings will have a dramatic, New York-inspired design.

1444 Alberni Street wood
Tower models.

Bosa Properties and Kingswood Properties are also planning to launch Fifteen Fifteen — commonly referred to as the “jenga tower.”

The 42-storey luxury condominium tower at 1500 West Georgia Street was designed by German architect Büro Ole Scheeren, in collaboration with Vancouver-based Francl Architecture.

And if all those proposals weren’t impressive enough, there more changes on the way to the neighbourhood, including a spectacular design for a flatiron tower designed by James KM Cheng Architects.

Flat Iron Tower Vancouver rendering
Rendering of tower looking east from West Georgia Street.
Flat Iron Tower Vancouver rendering day
Rendering of the tower, looking north from Crown Life Plaza water fountain at 1500 West Georgia Street.

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Peter Meiszner
Peter Meiszner
Peter Meiszner is an experienced journalist and media relations professional, based in Vancouver. As founder of urbanYVR.com, he has been reporting on urban development across the Lower Mainland since 2016, and has also served as vice-chair of the Gastown Historic Area Planning Committee. In October 2022, he was elected to Vancouver city council and is no longer actively reporting for urbanYVR.

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