In this exclusive movie, architect Kai-Uwe Bergmann explains how BIG’s proposed skyscraper in Vancouver is designed to transform a site dominated by a motorway flyover into an attractive neighbourhood.
The Danish architecture firm’s Vancouver House, which was named Future Project of the Year 2015 at World Architecture Festival earlier this month, will be situated adjacent to an overpass at the base of Vancouver’s Granville Street Bridge.
“The site is similar to a lot of cities,” says BIG partner Bergmann in the movie, which was filmed in Singapore by Dezeen for World Architecture Festival.
“The prime locations of the cities are built, so architects now deal with a lot of the residual spaces.”
The 49-storey residential tower’s distinctive twisted form was a direct response to the limitations of the site.
In order to create a 30-metre setback from the busy road, the tower will be much narrower at the base, before widening out at higher levels.
“We’ve tried to make the most of the site with all of its challenges,” Bergmann says. “So we started out small and then moved up to a larger top.”
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