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Twin towers designed by NYC architect coming to Coal Harbour

We are getting a first look at a twin tower proposal on the border of the West End and Coal Harbour, with a post-modernism design that’s unique to Vancouver.

Landa Global and Asia Standard Americas are proposing to rezone 1488 Alberni Street and 740 Nicola Street to allow for two residential towers (43 and 48-storeys).

The towers will have approximately 358 condominium units, as well as 133 market rental apartments.

The rental apartments will replace existing stock, as there is currently a 1970s-era apartment tower on the site, as well as an office building.

The developer says the project will contain a mix of townhomes and family-sized units of two bedrooms or more.

There will also be a on-site childcare facility, a new park and “improvements to the public realm.”

Unit mix

Market rental

133 market rental homes proposed, including:

  • One bedroom homes: 86
  • Two bedroom homes: 34
  • Three bedroom homes: 13

Market condos

362 market condo homes proposed, including:

  • One bedroom homes: 144
  • Two bedroom homes: 178
  • Three bedroom homes: 28
  • Four bedroom homes: 12

The post-modern design of this proposal by New York-based architect Robert A.M. Stern Architects (RAMSA) is quite a departure from a previous proposal floated for the site by Perkins+Will.

1400 Alberni Street
Rendering of previous condo tower proposal for 1400 Alberni Street in Coal Harbour. 
Rendering 1488 Alberni Street
Rendering of the crowns of the two towers planned for 1488 Alberni Street.

It is also quite different from several other new buildings under construction or proposed in the area, including Cardero, Alberni by Kuma and the Ole Scheeren “Jenga Tower” proposal on West Georgia. 

The site was first acquired by Wall Financial for $83.5 million in 2014, but was resold in 2016 to Hong Kong-based Asia Standard and Vancouver-based Landa Global for $160 million.

A pre-application open house is scheduled for Wednesday, June 7, 2017 from 5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the Empire Landmark Hotel, another building that is proposed to be demolished for a new development.

1400 Alberni Landa Global
Location of redevelopment at 1488 Alberni Street in Coal Harbour.

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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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