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Westbank plans 39-storey Bing Thom tower for 1600-block Alberni

Westbank has submitted a formal application to the city for a 39-storey, luxury condominium tower at 1668-1684 Alberni Street.

The new tower, designed by Bing Thom Architects, will replace two existing concrete mid-rise condo buildings.

The design of the tower features a strong weave pattern, something which the architect says “celebrates simplicity and rhythm.” The weave stretches out onto the six-storey podium, and also acts as a sunshade.

1668-1684 Alberni Street project facts

  • 94 condominium units
    • 13 one-bedroom
    • 25 two-bedroom
    • 55 three-bedroom
    • one four-bedroom
  • four levels of underground parking with 180 stalls
  • 120 bicycle parking spaces
  • podium with sloped, green roof
  • tower height of 385 ft.
  • indoor-outdoor children’s play area
  • amenity spa

1668-1684 Alberni Street photos

Weave pattern of facade
Balconies showing “weave” pattern of facade. Credit: Bing Thom Architects/Westbank
Tower podium
Tower podium on Alberni Street, showing green roof. Credit: Bing Thom Architects/Westbank
View from lane
Tower podium as seen from Bidwell Street, looking north. Credit: Bing Thom Architects/Westbank
Penthouse units
Penthouse units shown. Credit: Bing Thom Architects/Westbank
Lane view
Lane view, showing children’s play area to left, and parking garage entrance. Credit: Bing Thom Architects/Westbank
View from Robson
As seen from Robson Street. Credit: Bing Thom Architects/Westbank
View from east
Tower as seen from Denman Street, looking east. Credit: Bing Thom Architects/Westbank

The architect says the balconies will be large enough to accommodate outdoor furniture and planters, and aerofoil louvers will enhance privacy.

A reflecting pond will stretch across the front of the building on Alberni Street, with the lobby entrance accessed via pedestrian bridge.

The lobby will feature a grand piano, and an amenity spa will be located on the lobby level, featuring private massage rooms and change rooms.

The tower is situated on the property to mitigate any shadowing on Marina Square Park on West Georgia Street between the Bayshore towers.

The development is located next to a proposed 42-storey rental apartment tower by Hollyburn Properties. It’s also across the street from a former Chevron service station, purchased by Anthem Properties earlier this year for $72 million.

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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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