Ole Scheeren Vancouver-1 Renderings: Büro Ole Scheeren

German born, Bejing-based architect Ole Scheeren has unveiled plans for a new mixed-use tower in Vancouver, BC that will stand around 50 stories tall.

Proposed on a site that borders the Coal Harbour and West End neighbourhoods on the downtown peninsula, the bold design features protruding apartment blocks that will “introduce the concept of horizontal living in a slender high-rise.”

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These stacked segments will result in a series of terraces that run up and down the tower. At its base, residents and visitors will get to enjoy a large public plaza with street-level amenities and a cascading water feature.

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On the architect’s website, the building is described as a beacon at the entrance of Vancouver from the North Shore and Stanley Park.

“Vancouver possesses a unique balance of urban conditions surrounded by spectacular nature that provides fertile ground for envisioning new possibilities for future living in a cosmopolitan and environmentally-friendly city,” Scheeren states in a release. “The design for this building exemplifies our ambition to reconnect architecture with the natural and civic environment and go beyond the hermetic confines of towers that increasingly inscribe our lives.”

According to the Globe and Mail, the tower will go beyond LEED platinum certification by generating solar power on the top levels that will provide power to the two bottom commercial floors.

The project is being developed by Bosa Properties. If the design does receive approval, the Scheeren tower will surely prove to be one of the city’s most prominent architectural landmarks.

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