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BIG 49 Storey Landmark Tower Wedging Its Way Onto Beach & Howe

Blog by Jeff Fitzpatrick | August 10th, 2012

Something BIG is coming to Vancouver! A “twisted” 49 storey landmark tower resembling a curtain being drawn aside and 3 triangular complexes will soon mark the entry point into downtown Vancouver from the Granville Street bridge, forming a gateway to the city and transforming the skyline as we know it.

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Designed by Danish architects Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), this 490 foot “top heavy” structure will be the 4th tallest building in the city and is said to be the turning point for the city’s architect. Not only will this unique Westbank development be home to 600 condos, 180 rental suites, commercial and retail space, but also a generous outdoor public plaza complete with beer garden, weekend markets, drive-in theatre, climbing wall and galleries – all sheltered by the Granville Street Bridge.

  • 49 storey mixed-use building with 600 residential units, 180 market rentals, child care facility, gym, swimming pool, and commercial and retail space
  • 3 triangular buildings composed of retail, leisure, office and commercial space including a grocery store, drugstore and liquor store
  • Fantastic outdoor public plaza utilizing the area under the Granville Street Bridge:
    • Gallery Opening –  Site for 2500 guests including liquor license blockades, stage area for DJ, and food & beverage serving tables
    • Drive-in Theatre – Accommodates 65 cars, 130 cyclists or 825 people on lawn chairs or blankets
    • Climbing Wall – Two temporary climbing walls using the large bridge piers with unique views of the public plaza. Viewing space for 235 spectators.
    • Exercise Class Area – Outdoor (covered) yoga, tai chi, or boot camp class area for 136 people with a small stage for an instructor
    • Weekend Market – 56 to 112 market stalls to accommodate artisan groups, farmers market, or winter holiday markets
    • Art Installation, Urban Gallery, Chalk Art Festival – Temporary art installation on the underside of the bridge, 38 gallery display spaces on the east and west sidewalks, space for 48 chalk art pieces
  • 6 levels of secured underground parking for 713 parking stalls and 270 bike stalls
  • Architects: Bjarke Ingles Group (BIG)
  • Developers: Westbank Project Corp.

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Beach & Howe Site

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Beach & Howe Exterior

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One of Three Triangular Complexes

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Triangular Complex

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Triangular Complex with Retail, Commercial and Leisure Space

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Weekend Market

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Outdoor Theatre

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Beer Garden

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