Twisted, tree-inspired towers for Vancouver’s West End
London-based Heatherwick Studio has shared design plans for a pair of “curvaceous, light-filled” residential towers jointly commissioned by Bosa Properties and Kingswood Properties for Vancouver’s West End neighborhood. Details on the arboreal-inspired 1700 Alberni redevelopment project—Heatherwick’s inaugural Canadian high-rise but not its first project in the country—are relatively scant as it is in the conceptual stages.
But here’s what we do know: The two twisted, tapering towers—one 30-stories-tall and the other slightly lankier one to the west topping out at 34 stories—with 401 condominium units of varying sizes between them are set to replace two mid-1980s-era apartment towers at 1728 Alberni Street and 735 Bidwell Street. The location within the leafy and dense West End is situated between two major commercial drags—West Georgia Street and famed Robson Street—and just blocks uphill from the entrance to Stanley Park and within close walking distance to Vancouver Harbour.