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Tuesday, February 27, 2024

New models of NYC-inspired towers at 1444 Alberni Street

Proponents of a New York-style twin tower development in Coal Harbour are preparing for a May 27 date in front of Vancouver’s Development Permit Board.

Asia Standard Americas and Landa Global are proposing two residential towers (48-storey and 43-storey) at 1444 Alberni Street, on the site of a rental apartment tower and office building.

The formalist architecture of the towers will be clad in limestone, with bronze and granite accents. It will also be the largest Passive House development in the world.

Building models: 1444 Alberni Street

1444 Alberni Street detail
Detail of exterior cladding.
1444 Alberni Street detail entry
Entry detail.
1444 Alberni Street tower models
Tower models, laneway perspective.
1444 Alberni Street podium roof
Children’s play area.
1444 Alberni Street context
Context of towers.
1444 Alberni Street context close up
Context close up.
1444 Alberni Street courtyard
Entry courtyard.
1444 Alberni Street with Alberni Kuma
1444 Alberni Street project with Alberni by Kuma in foreground.
1444 Alberni Street wood
Tower models.

The architects say the timeless design is a deliberate contrast to Vancouver’s predominately glass skyline.

“The last thirty years of construction in Vancouver has witnessed the rise of a thicket of glass towers. However, it is important to remember that for 100 years before then, almost all buildings, including residential buildings, in Vancouver were masonry structures with “punched” windows. This 150 years of architectural history in Vancouver is equally important if not more important than the 30 year glass period. We believe the Alberni buildings are an excellent opportunity for the West End to connect to this long tradition of masonry residential buildings in Vancouver,” states the design rationale.

Architects are Musson Cattell Mackey Partnership of Vancouver and Robert A. M. Stern Architects of New York City.

The two towers will have a total of 580 residential units, 129 of which will be market rental. There will also be a 56-space childcare facility located on level seven. There will be six levels of underground parking, with 547 stalls accessed from the lane.

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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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