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Spectacular “jenga” tower Fifteen Fifteen by Büro Ole Scheeren coming to 1515 Alberni

The address may have changed slightly, and three floors dropped, but Bosa Properties’ bold design for a luxury condo tower named Fifteen Fifteen next to the 70s-era Crown Life Plaza is moving forward.

The new building, designed by renowned German architect Büro Ole Scheeren will now be known as 1515 Alberni Street instead of 1500 West Georgia, hence the name.

It will be 40-storeys, down from an earlier proposal of 43-storeys. The number of units has also been cut, from 217 to 195. Francl Architecture is the local architect working with Büro Ole Scheeren.

A cafe and gallery space will look out over the water feature, which will be completely reconstructed to use less water. The depth will be reduced to approximately 6-8″ inches, and the bottom will be painted black to give the water the illusion of being much deeper.

Several trees will be added across the plaza and into the water of the reflecting pool. Landscape architects say the trees will soften what is a currently a very hard, urban plaza.

There will be seven levels of underground parking with 315 parking stalls, accessed from Nicola Street. Unit sizes will range from studios, one, two and three bedroom units, as well penthouses and 18 “cantilever” units.

The architect hopes the building will serve as a gateway to downtown Vancouver.

“Located on West Georgia Street, the tower stands as a beacon at the entrance to downtown Vancouver from the North Shore and Stanley Park and forms an urban pivot at the junction where the city’s grid splices and begins to expand.”

The site was originally acquired by Bosa in 2014 for $120.5 million, according to Vancouver Market.

The project heads to the Development Permit Board on Monday, June 25, 2018.

Photos: 1515 Alberni Street by Büro Ole Scheeren

Bosa tower 1515 Alberni Street model
Model of 1515 Alberni Street by Bosa Properties.
Bosa tower 1515 Alberni Street model
Model of 1515 Alberni Street by Bosa Properties.
Bosa tower 1515 Alberni Street model
Model of 1515 Alberni Street by Bosa Properties.
Bosa tower 1515 Alberni Street model
Model of 1515 Alberni Street by Bosa Properties.
Bosa tower 1515 Alberni Street Buro Ole Scheeren 10
Rendering of the tower, now known as 1515 Alberni Street.
Cantilevered suites
Detail of façade, and cantilevered levels.
1515 Alberni Street water feature
The water feature has been reduced in size, as well as depth.
Restored fountain
Rendering showing the restored water feature on West Georgia.
Cantilevered suites
Cantilevered suites jutting out from the building façade.
Bosa tower 1515 Alberni Street
Context of tower at 1515 Alberni Street.
Bosa tower 1515 Alberni Street water feature
The water feature has been scaled down, and will use significantly less water.

 

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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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