One particularly exciting event on the horizon will be a bold new addition to the city’s skyline. We’re talking, of course, about Century Group’s 3 Civic Plaza, the 330-home, 48-storey residential tower that’s part of the Civic Centre Development, next to the Surrey Central SkyTrain station.
When the 541-foot building is complete, it will be one of the tallest in Western Canada. The architect behind 3 Civic Plaza, Patrick Cotter, recently spoke with the Globe and Mail about his design, which he says is intended to complement the building’s surroundings.
“The city wanted an ‘iconic’ tower, but I’m not interested in ego-driven architecture that doesn’t fit within the existing urban fabric,” Cotter told the Globe.
So he set about designing a building that acknowledges the architecture of its neighbours, including the Big Thom-designed library, which is all about walls and windows. The Globe article continues:
“Instead of opting for a traditional tower design with a rigid core, Mr. Cotter has chosen to create an external concrete shearwall structure that supports the 48-storey residential tower. Even here, the context of neighbouring buildings is taken into consideration, as the structured concrete shearwall is broken up by a series of guitar-pick-shaped openings that reference the interplay between solidity and transparency inherent in the library. They also offer a softer, more organic contrast to the strong, rectilinear nature of the podium, hotel, and residential components.”