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Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Terraced towers designed for Alberni Street site

A striking concept for two residential towers on Alberni Street, designed by UNStudio, has surfaced as part of an architectural competition.

The entry is designed for several parcels of land in the 1700-block of Alberni Street, west of Bidwell Street, and currently occupied by two strata condominium developments.

1700 Alberni at Bidwell
1700 Alberni at Bidwell, current condition. Credit: Google Maps

The concept envisions two, 34-storey residential towers over a mixed-use podium, with retail, restaurants and office space. The podium opens up to a centre courtyard with extensive use of timber and hanging vegetation.

Hanging gardens in courtyard
Hanging gardens in courtyard. Credit: UNStudio/Flying Architecture
UNstudio Vancouver concept
Evening view of podium. Credit: UNStudio/Flying Architecture

The architects say the vision for the project is “to create a tailored living experience, which creates not only a destination for the residents, but a vibrant, lively common ground for the neighbourhood. The shaping of communities plays an important role, and this project aims to tackle this on three different scales: the public  (urban design), the building (architecture) and the human (interior design).”

The tower design includes double-height outdoor spaces and a dark grey/charcoal colour scheme, punctuated by exposed timber soffits.

UNstudio Vancouver concept streetscape
Streetscape. Credit: UNStudio/Flying Architecture
Indoor pool
Indoor pool. Credit: UNStudio/Flying Architecture
Tower composition
Two-tower concept for 1700-block Alberni Street. Credit: UNStudio/Flying Architecture

The UNstudio Vancouver concept is envisioned for a rapidly-evolving part of the West End — with several luxury condominium towers proposed or under construction in the surrounding blocks, including:

UNstudio confirmed in an email to urbanYVR that the concept was not the successful winner of the architecture competition.

It does, however, indicate redevelopment of the property is forthcoming.

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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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