Many architects struggle to resolve the tension between the essence of their idea and a host of swirling contingencies—how a building will be used, what the budget will allow, what the neighbors think. But for Bjarke Ingels, there is no essence. His architecture cannot be separated from those contingencies, and that’s the point.Read Article
In this Dezeen-produced movie for the World Architecture Festival 2015, 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.Read Article
Vancouver House by BIG was awarded Future Project of the Year at the 2015 World Architecture Festival. Both were up against an eclectic shortlist - all of them category winners - and stiff competition at the festival in Singapore, which is billed as the world's biggest international architectural event. For future impact, Bjarke Ingels Group's penthouse living concept for Vancouver was a category winner. The elegant twisted tower is currently under construction. Check out all of the festival award recipients online at Wallpaper.com.Read Article
Bjarke Ingels' proposal for a 150-metre-high twisted skyscraper in Vancouver has won the title Future Project of the Year 2015 at the World Architecture Festival. BIG contorted the form of its 49-storey Vancouver House, creating a 30-metre setback from the adjacent motorway flyover that prevents any windows or balconies from overlooking it. Nine floors at the base of the tower will accommodate offices, shops and restaurants, which will spill out onto a series of public plazas that stretch underneath the elevated highway. The judges selected the project because it "generates an exemplar new urban typology. It is a delightful project that will impact positively on many future municipality- and developer-led agendas for cities across the world.".Read Article
Step aside stale, staid and unimaginative. There’s a new word in town to describe Vancouver architecture: exemplar. That is the term international judges used to describe Vancouver House, which snagged Future Project of the Year at the World Architectural Festival in Singapore this week.Read Article
Step aside stale, staid and unimaginative. There’s a new word in town to describe Vancouver architecture: exemplar.
That is the term international judges used to describe Vancouver House, which snagged Future Project of the Year at the World Architectural Festival in Singapore this week.
The twisting building under construction at Howe Street and Beach Avenue “generates an exemplar new urban typology,” judges said. “It is a delightful project that will impact positively on many future municipality- and developer-led agendas for cities across the world.”
It may take a moment for that to sink in. A Vancouver building is set to influence world architecture. Then again, maybe it shouldn’t come as such a surprise. After all, the planned 59-storey Westbank tower is designed by Bjarke Ingels, a Copenhagen-based firm that has conjured up inspirational projects around the world.
Leslie Van Duzer, a professor at University of B.C.’s School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, said the award was great news for the developer and the city. “Vancouver House represents the confluence of an enlightened planner, a visionary developer and an architect who makes a practice of turning society’s detritus (in this case, a site with sprawling off-ramps) into gold. Such rare alchemy is most worthy of this significant global prize,” Van Duzer said in a written statement. “Vancouver, long known for its exemplary urban planning, may yet earn a sustained place on the world stage for its architecture.”
Ian Gillespie, the president of Westbank, called Bjarke Ingels’ architecture “an evolutionary moment in Vancouver’s design history. This is an incredible win for Vancouver House and Vancouver; it recognizes our vision for city-building. Every city needs to have a few special moments that take your breath away, and Vancouver has lacked that until now,” he said in a news release.
Before the building was named project of the year, it beat competing residential projects from cities around the world for top prize in that category. Among the entrants was Nelson on the Park, a design for a residential tower at Nelson Street between Burrard and Thurlow streets in Vancouver’s West End.
Vancouver House won double honours at the prestigious World Architecture Awards, receiving the coveted Future Project of the Year award, as well as the Future Project - Residential Category award.
The judges selected the project because it "generates an exemplar new urban typology. It is a delightful project that will impact positively on many future municipality- and developer-led agendas for cities across the world".
ON A MISTY April day, Bjarke Ingels is standing on the roof of an old brick building, high above a cobblestoned street in Lower Manhattan, the collar of his black coat rakishly popped.
The Danish architect is shooting a promotional film about the most important commission of his young career, his design for the skyscraper known as Two World Trade Center. It is still a work in progress, and his primary client—the imperious media magnate Rupert Murdoch—has yet to sign off. The hyper-eloquent 40-year-old isn’t letting doubt stand in the way of his video introduction, though: He has obsessed over every line and image, telling his director that he wants viewers to swoon. At this moment, Murdoch’s plan to relocate his companies is still one of New York real estate’s biggest secrets. But Ingels can’t wait to shout the news, quite literally, from the rooftops. Between takes, Ingels points to a void in the densely packed Manhattan skyline, tracing the profile of a skyscraper that only he sees. From this perspective, Ingels’ design resembles a stack of seven blocks, ascending like a staircase toward One World Trade Center, its monolithic neighbor. “In a way, it is almost like a physical manifestation of the spirit of America,” he says. “Out of many, one.” If completed, the tower will be among the tallest buildings in New York City, and the last of four envisioned in the master plan for the redeveloped World Trade Center.
The ensemble will ring two cascading pools that pay tribute to the roughly 3,000 people who died in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Ingels is not preoccupied with that—he wants to make his own history. “The memorial is about the memorial,” he tells me. “The tower should be about the living city.”
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A stunning 59-storey architectural wonder has launched Vancouver into the global league of “super prime” real estate.
Vancouver House, yet to break ground at the foot of the Granville Bridge and already more than 90 per cent sold, promises to be a defining architectural moment on Vancouver’s skyline.
Architectural phenom Bjarke Ingels, named “Innovator of the Year” by the Wall Street Journal, was brought in by Westbank founder and president Ian Gillespie when his team couldn’t reconcile their vision for a condo tower at the north end of the Granville Bridge with the odd-shaped piece of land available. Ingels and his team at Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) of Copenhagen and New York started with a 6,000-square-foot classic ‘flatiron’ design and added square feet as the building went higher, twisting it into a 14,000-square foot, four-sided building offering spectacular views.
Danish-born architect Bjarke Ingels of BIG invited Wallpaper to his New York office to discuss his innovative approach to tricky urban sites, zooming in onto his ongoing Vancouver House in Canada's West Coast.Read Article
The results are out . . . and the Georgia Straight has awarded Vancouver House 'Best New Condo Development' in the '2014 Best of Vancouver' Awards released on September 18, 2014. The 19th annual awards handed out by one of Vancouver's leading publications, highlights the extraordinary things that help make this beautiful city shine.Read Article
When some people ponder the word “unique”, they might imagine something that’s simply unusual, rather than one of a kind.
Vancouver House, a mixed-used project from Westbank that will rise next to the Granville Street Bridge, is truly the latter.
Telus Garden on West Georgia is one of the great new buildings going up in downtown Vancouver. It’s the one with the distinctive cantilevered sections jutting out over Richards and Seymour. Think of what Vancouver House has done with the vertical space on its site. That’s the 52-storey tower by the Granville Street Bridge (the one marketed initially under the name Gesamtkunstwerk) designed by Bjarke Ingels Architects. Westbank Projects Corp is the developer of Telus Garden and Vancouver House.Read Article
The design philosophy of Vancouver house involves a rethinking of residential living. Architect Bjarke Ingels has thrown a few curves into the design of Vancouver House, Westbank’s 59-storey residential tower beside the Granville Street Bridge.Read Article
Three Canadian cities - Vancouver, Toronto and Calgary - have been named as some of the best places to live in the world, according to a report by The Economist.Read Article
Construction on Vancouver House will begin in the next four months and as it goes up, so, too, will the city’s cachet as one of those places worthy of world-class architecture. We’ve all seen the renderings of the tower that appears to twist, and few dispute that Vancouver House is a thing of beauty. It’s also going up in a downtown location at Beach and Howe that needed a serious jolt of life, in a tight wedge of space darkened by a bridge off-ramp; a dead zone dominated by traffic and perilous for pedestrians.Read Article
Outdoor pools are having a moment right now, which is slightly ironic considering the type of weather we see throughout the year. But that’s not something that’s holding these guys back. When the temperature rises, you’ll want a place to cool off and these retreats offer the perfect oases to do exactly just that. From rooftop cabanas to beachside retreats, here are ten excuses to go topless this summer.Read Article
The readers of Travel + Leisure, in their recent round-up of the 2014 World’s Best Awards, just voted the Hotel Shangri-La Vancouver as the best city hotel in Canada.Read Article
With a brand new set of renderings, Westbank is offering a fresh look at the stylish homes that will make up the upper levels of the anticipated Vancouver House tower.Read Article
Developers westbank have revealed further renderings of the Bjarke Ingels designed Vancouver House, where the danish architect will also complete the project’s interiors. envisioned as a ‘living sculpture’, the waterfront residential tower will mark the entry point into downtown Vancouver from the bridge that connects Granville Island to the city.Read Article
Not yet 40, Denmark's BJARKE INGELS does not lack for chutzpah (nor a sense of humor): His cutting-edge buildings include a Copenhagen waste-treatment plant with a roof that doubles as a ski slope. His approach fuses architecture, urbanism, and nature, and, as Ingels himself explains in his book, Yes Is More, his goal is to engineer environments—even in crowded cities—that do nothing short of making people happy.Read Article
The first actual images of what the hotly anticipated Vancouver House condo building will look like inside have been revealed. Designed by revered Danish architect Bjarke Ingels, the twisting tower is a $200-million project that will include 500 units as well as retail space.Read Article
It is certainly a good day when we get to find out more about one of the city's most talked about new projects - the Bjarke Ingels designed Vancouver House. Local developer Westbank has taken to the world wide web to post some new renderings from the downtown residential tower. Between floating mailboxes, sculpted islands and polar bear interpretive rugs, it has become clear that Vancouver House is not just another pretty face.Read Article
An ice-cold cocktail on a hot summer day prepared by one of the world’s greatest bartenders is now available in Vancouver. Fairmont Pacific Rim head bartender Grant Sceney finished in the top six at the Diageo World Class bartender competition in London, England, on Friday, beating out dozens of international competitors.Read Article
The famous fiery chef has earned raves for his creative cuisine and courted controversy with his strong opinions. In 2012, Dave Chang brought the Momofuku brand north of the border with a multirestaurant concept in the Shangri-La Hotel in Toronto. It hasn't been all smooth, but making mistakes, says Chang, is part of the process. Here, he shares some of the secrets to his success (and how having a hot-pepper temper is a young man's game).Read Article
According to skyscraperpage.com, Vancouver is listed ninth in the world with a total of 663 highrises. That number becomes more intriguing, however, when you compare the populations of the cities on the list, which include the likes of New York City (No. 1 with 5,894 highrises and a population of 8.17 million), and Toronto (No. 2 with 2,005 highrises and a population of 2.61 million). Dominating Vancouver’s skyline is the Shangri-La on West Georgia Street. The hotel and private residence stands 201 metres with 62 floors, making it the tallest building in the city.Read Article
The winners of the Rethinking the Future Awards 2014 were recently announced, and Bjarke Ingels Group and DIALOG took first-place award in the Mixed Use Concept category for their soon to be realized Beach + Howe development in Vancouver.Read Article
Bjarke Ingels would like to point out that the so-called “twisting tower” does not twist. “It’s not twisting—it’s actually expanding,” says the architect responsible for Vancouver House, the startling 52-storey retail and residential complex set to transform the city’s skyline and provide Vancouver with a new architectural showpiece.Read Article
Travel + Leisure magazine has recognized Vancouver Island as the Top Island in the Continental U.S. and Canada in the World's Best Awards 2014 readers' survey. Travel + Leisure's rankings also include Wickaninnish Inn as Top Resort in Canada and the Shangri-La Hotel Vancouver as the Top City Hotel in Canada.Read Article
Two internationally renowned architects will receive Honorary Fellowships. Bjarke Ingels, Hon. FRAIC – The founder of BIG in Denmark has developed a reputation for designing buildings that are innovative and resource -conscious. He will be the keynote speaker during the College of Fellows Convocation ceremony on May 29.Read Article
Ian Gillespie, the prominent luxury developer whose company Westbank Projects Corp. is behind projects such as the Fairmont Pacific Rim in Vancouver and the Shangri La’s in Vancouver and Toronto, has signed on to an initiative that will result in 395 homes being built in Cambodia and given to families who are currently living in shacks in a garbage dump community.Read Article
When show-business impresario David Mirvish announced the sale of Honest Ed’s to Vancouver’s Westbank Projects Corp. last year, Torontonians were given few hints about the prominent West Coast developer’s designs on the 4.4-acre site and the famously gaudy, cheerfully tacky discount emporium at the corner of Bathurst Street and Bloor Street West.Read Article
Douglas Coupland wrote fondly about his hometown when he dubbed Vancouver the “City of Glass”, a nickname that caught on quickly for its accuracy in defining the skyline. While his reverence for the city is clear, the same glass towers have also been the subjects of criticism that urban uniformity leaves something to be desired. Enter Danish architect (and Coupland fan) Bjarke Ingels, whom Westbank Projects Corp. sought to design Vancouver House, a 52-storey residential tower with a rental block and three commercial buildings below.Read Article
Ingels said the unique design for Vancouver House came out of the very first meeting his architectural firm had on the project which is now known as Vancouver House, a distinctive 52-story residential tower by the Granville Street Bridge. Vancouver House will have 407 condominiums and 95 rental apartments. Being built by Ian Gillespie’s Westbank Projects Corp, it is expected to be finished by 2018.Read Article
Exhibition dates the beginning of ‘Vancouverism’ and the 7-year process of developing Vancouver House. For years, the unusual shape of the building site in the 1400-block of Howe, in the shadow of the Granville Street Bridge, stymied developer Westbank. Site restrictions, including a 30-metre setback from the bridge, left only a triangular chunk of land measuring just 6,000 square feet.Read Article
Gesamtkunstwerk (def. ‘life as a total work of art’) is an unprecedented look into architectural creativity in action – the thinking behind the design of the Vancouver House project designed by the Bjarke Ingels Group, a creative synthesis of art, architecture, interiors, urbanism and energy with public-mindedness.Read Article
The winners of the 13th MIPIM Architectural Review Future Projects Awards were awarded their converted accolades at the JW Marriott in Cannes, on Wednesday 12 March. More than 200 architects and industry elite from across the globe came together for a night of unrivalled networking and celebration at the main architectural event at MIPIM.Read Article
Gesamtkunstwerk is curated by architecture expert Trevor Boddy and Danish architect Bjarke Ingels, who designed a 52-storey twisting tower called Vancouver House.Read Article
Granville Street Bridge, you’re gonna be lookin’ awful purty in a few years. A 4-by-6-metre spinning chandelier designed by Abbotsford-born artist Rodney Graham will be installed under the Granville Street Bridge in the next few years as part of the Vancouver House development by the Westbank Projects Corporation.Read Article
Vancouver could soon have a public art work unlike anything else in the city. The developer of Vancouver House, the 52-storey twisting tower by the Granville Street Bridge, is proposing to hang a spinning, 18th-century-style chandelier from underneath the bridge.Read Article
Vancouver could soon have a permanent public art work unlike anything ever seen in the city.Read Article
PRESS RELEASE: A vast, spinning chandelier by renowned Abbotsford-born artist Rodney Graham, will become one of the world's most innovative works of public art when it is installed as part of the Vancouver House development, slated for completion in Vancouver in 2018. Westbank Projects Corporation, the developer, announced the work following its approval by the Public Art Committee of the City of Vancouver.Read Article
A new 52-storey, curving, cantilevered residential tower near the Granville Street Bridge is intended to be much more than a landmark building for the city, according to developer Ian Gillespie.Read Article
The first Vancouver project to partner with World Housing will be Westbank Corp.’s 52-storey condo tower – designed by Danish architect Bjarke Ingels – at the north end of Granville Bridge.Read Article
World Housing’s first “certified” condo: a twisted, fifty-two-story tower, still in the planning stage, to be built in Vancouver by the Canadian developer Westbank.Read Article
Westbank hopes to transform the area under the north end of Vancouver's Granville Street Bridge into a public space that could be used as a covered urban plaza on special occasions.Read Article
Ingels has unique descriptions for most of his buildings. There's an apartment building going up in Vancouver next to a highway interchange. Its base is triangular, and it twists into a rectangle at the top. "So it's essentially almost like a weed that starts growing through the cracks in the asphalt and sort of blossoms when it escapes the turmoil of the city around it," he says.Read Article
"A 52-storey twisting tower has been approved at the north end of the Granville St. Bridge in Vancouver."Read Article
Vancouver has nothing else like this in the city and the building is already being labelled a "landmark."Read Article
"Vancouver city council has approved an iconic, twisting tower for the corner of Beach and Howe streets. The vote was unanimous on city council. Council said yes to this proposal tonight. "Iconic" may be overused, but it fits here! The massive development features 600 units, commercial space and public amenity space under the Granville Street bridge. The tower portion be 52 storeys tall, along with several low rise buildings adjacent to the bridge. The residential portion of the development will be a mix of ownership and rental housing. The development is the first project in Vancouver designed by Bjarke Ingels Group, a word-renowned Danish architectural studio. It will be developed by Westbank, who are also developing the new Telus headquarters and condo project at West Georgia St. and Richards St. The official twitter account for the project says the building will be a city landmark."Read Article
Vancouver council approves 'bold' Westbank tower project.Read Article
This new addition will settle prominently as a starchitect landmark in the downtown Vancouver skyline and will provide the city core and the north end of the bridge with a proper ‘welcoming gateway.’Read Article
"Iconic’ residential tower to change face of Vancouver’s downtown"Read Article
Danish 'starchitect' Bjarke Ingels is one step closer to leaving his mark on Vancouver's skyline after the city unanimously approved re-zoning for his controversial twisting towers project. The proposal for the 52-story tower next to the Granville Bridge on-ramp at Pacific and Howe streets includes 500 units intended to house about 800 people, plus commercial space. The design for the $200-million tower starts out as a triangle at the base but turns into a rectangle higher up. Close to 800 people attended the two open houses on the project and about 25 spoke at a packed public hearing last night. Opponents said the tower will block views of the water, cast shadows and bring too much density to the neighbourhood. But local resident Dean Mailey says it will bring much-needed amenities and charm to the neighbourhood. "Currently the site is an eyesore in our community. It's not a nice place to look at any time of day or night." As part of the proposal, developer West Bank is offering a $4 million community amenity contribution to go towards the arts, greenways and neighbourhood improvements. "Read Article
Fantastic news for the Vancouver skyline: the innovative Bjarke Ingels designed tower at Beach and Howe (right off the Granville bridge on the downtown side) is now officially a go!Read Article