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Vancouver City Council unanimously approved re-zoning for Bjarke Ingels’ 497-foot, 52-storey tower next to the Granville Bridge on-ramp at Pacific and Howe. (Tweet this fact)

The building, known officially as Beach + Howe, boasts a striking design that starts out as a triangle at the base and turns into a rectangle higher up. Beside the main tower, the project also includes a 10-storey podium with retail and residential space, as well as two six-storey buildings across the street for offices and more retail. In total, Beach + Howe will be comprised of 502 residential units — 407 in the main tower and 95 in the podium.

Developer Westbank will also introduce a major new public plaza on the site. From an article in the Globe and Mail earlier this year:

[Westbank president Ian Gillespie] also has ambitious plans to create a Granville Island-like mix of shops, passageways, courtyards and outdoor public spaces among a cluster of triangle-shaped lower buildings that will fit in gaps between the bridge and its exit and entry ramps.

To cap it all off, he wants to create an unusual outdoor art gallery that would define that new market area.

Colour us excited.

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