Dubai-style twisted tower planned for Vancouver

A team comprising Buro Happold and Danish architect BIG has proposed a twisted tower for Vancouver which will contain 600 residential units.

The dramatic form of the 49-storey structure bears a resemblance to Dubai’s Infinity Tower by SOM.

Commissioned by Canadian developer Westbank, the project will aim for LEED Gold certification.

The tower is situated on a nine-story podium base with housing as well as commercial and retail space.

Thomas Christoffersen, partner-in-charge, BIG, added: “The tower and base are a reinvention of the local typology, known as ‘Vancouverism’.

“In this typology, slender towers are grouped with mixed-use podiums and street walls that define human-scale urban environments. The aim is to preserve view cones through the city while activating the pedestrian street.”

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