1568 Alberni Street

1568 Alberni Street

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1568 ALBERNI STREET©Hayes Davidson
1568 ALBERNI STREET©Hayes Davidson
1568 ALBERNI STREET©Hayes Davidson
1568 ALBERNI STREET©Hayes Davidson

1568 Alberni Street

1568 Alberni Street

Vancouver BC
2016-2021 Status: Construction
Residential / Commercial
25,250 m2

The design of 1568 Alberni Street is shaped by its environment. The 43-story tower is carved by two emphatic scoops that form deep balconies with wood soffits and decks. In both instances, the carvings create semi-enclosures that establish a connection to the street, to Lost Lagoon, and to the views–the building’s urban and geographic context–while facilitating neighborhood private and public views past the project.

Because of the way the otherwise orthogonal tower is carved, its silhouette constantly changes, creating illusory profiles of arching cantilevers. The reality is far more structured, as the carved deductions are diagonally symmetrical, the lower protrusions helping to counterbalance the hanging volumes above.

The tower meets the ground with two intersecting domed vaults that embrace Alberni and Cardero Street. Under the arching structures, an extensive moss garden defines the entrance and flows up to the swimming pool above. In keeping with Japanese spatial traditions, the emphasis is on the atmosphere rather than the object: without drawing attention to a particular point laden with meaning, the void elicits a serene visceral experience that could be shared by all.

KKAA Project Team:
Balazs Bognar, Michael Sypkens*, Esteban Ochogavia*, Richard David Nelson, Nicolas Cazali, Jagoda Krawcyk, Yasemin Sahiner, Kevin Clement, Nicolas Guichard, Moeko Yamagata, Shinya Toyama, Tomohiro Matsunaga, Martina Bandolin, John Xianfeng Jiang, Fumiya Kaneko, Takumi Saikawa*, Mira Yung*, Yu Tsuji* (* Former Staff)

Client: Westbank Corp
Lead Design Architect: Kengo Kuma & Associates
Executive Architect: Merrick Architecture
Landscape Architect: PFS Studio
Engineer: Glotman Simpson Engineers