Vancouver House


Vancouver House




Westbank Projects Corporation




60,758 / 654,000



Vancouver House is located at the main entrance to Vancouver right where Granville bridge triforks when it reaches downtown. The resulting triangular slices of land had remained undeveloped until now. When engaged by Westbank to design a residential high-rise for the highly complex site, BIG started by mapping the constraints: setbacks from the streets; a 30 m setback from the bridge; and a neighboring park had to be protected from shadows. After all the constraints, a small triangular site nearly too small to build on was left.


The 30 m separation from the bridge was defined as a minimum distance until the building reached 30 m up in the air, after which it could grow back out, allowing BIG to double the floor plate. The Vancouver House emerges from the ground, expands as it rises, appearing like a Genie let out of the bottle. What seems like a surreal gesture is in fact a highly responsive architecture – shaped by its environment.

Underneath the bridge, Vancouver artist Rodney Graham and BIG envisioned what we nicknamed the Sistine Chapel of street art: an art gallery turned upside down which would turn the negative impact of the bridge into a positive. This includes a gigantic Spinning Chandelier suspended above the street.

Bjarke Ingels Thomas Christoffersen Beat Schenk Agustin Perez-Torres Agne Rapkeviciute Aran Coakley Tran Le Blake Smith Carl Macdonald Florencia Kratsman Jan Leenknegt Julie Kaufman Kam Chi Cheng Kelly Neill Lorenz Krisai Otilia Pupezeanu Phillip Macdougall Sean Franklin Shu Zhao Simon Scheller Terrence Chew Thomas Smith Won Ryu Alex Wu Chris Tron Deb Campbell Elnaz Rafati Francesca Portesine Gabriel Jewell-Vitale Ivy Hume Aaron Mark Agnieszka Majkowska Alan Tansey Amina Blacksher Arash Adel Ahmadian Armen Menendian Barbora Srpkova Benjamin Johnson Benjamin Novacinski Benjamin Zunkeler Bennett Gale Birk Daugaard Brian Foster Brian Rome Carolien Schippers Christopher Junkin Christopher Malcolm Jr. David Brown Davide Maggio Douglass Alligood Doug Stechschulte Edward Yung Elena Bresciani Ella Coco Murphy Ema Hristova Bakalova Filip Milovanovic Gabriel Hernandez Solano Gaurav Janey Hector Garcia-Castrillo Janice Rim John Kim Jonas Swienty Andresen Kurt Nieminen Lauren Turner Lucio Santos Marcella Martinez Matthew Dlugosz Melissa Bauld Michael Evola Paula Domka Spencer Hayden Taylor Fulton Terrence Lallak Tianqi Zhang Tobias Hjortdal Ute Rinnebach Valentina Mele Xinyu Wang Yaziel Juarbe Yoanna Shivarova Zachary Walters Zhifei Xu Alexandra Gustafsson Alina Tamosiunaite Benjamin Caldwell David Dottelonde Dong-Joo Kim Josiah Poland Julian Liang Julianne Gola Karol Bogdan Borkowski Megan Ng Michael Robert Taylor Ryan Yang Sebastian Grogaard


The International High-Rise Award, 2022/23

AFBC Architecture Awards of Excellence, 2021

AZ Award Best Multi-unit Residential, 2021

CTBUH Structural Engineering, 2021

CTBUH Best Tall Hotel / Residential Building, 2021

CTBUH Best Tall Building 100m – 199m, 2021

CTBUH Best Tall Building World Wide, 2021

CTBUH Award of Excellence Winner, 2021

Canadian Architect Award of Excellence Finalist, 2015

World Architecture Festival Future Project of the Year, 2015

World Architecture Festival Future Best Housing Category Winner, 2015

Re-thinking the Future Award 1st Place for Mixed-Use Concept, 2014

MIPIM AR Future Projects Awards Highly Commended, 2014

WAN Awards Residential Sector Winner, 2012


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