The streets of downtown Vancouver have been the homes of breath-taking glass buildings for many years. However, earlier this week the Vancouver City Council approval the proposal of rezoning for Landa Global Properties and Asia Standrad Americas to redevelop 1469 Alberni Street. It will be the new home of two connected residential towers with 48 and 43 storeys. These buildings will be the world’s tallest passive-house buildings yet. Currently, the Bolueta twin towers development houses in Bilboa, Spain are the tallest, being 28 and 31 storeys.
There will be a grand total of 443 homes within the two towers, including 314 market strata units and 129 market rental units, which is a replacement of the existing number of rental homes on the site. Currently, the land is occupied by apartments and office towers built in the 1970s.
For those who don’t know, passive-house buildings are “voluntary standard for energy efficiency in a building, which reduces the building's ecological footprint. It results in ultra-low energy buildings that require little energy for space heating or cooling”. It is projected that a “superior building envelope, insulation, and a design that optimizes solar gain and shade will reduce the amount of energy required to heat and cool the towers by nearly 90%”. With these plans,the goal of the Vancouver city council’s zero emission building plan to eradicate greenhouse gas emissions in all new construction by 2030 could be successful.
The design of the buildings by New-York based Roberty AM Stern Architects and local firm MCM Partnership will resemble those in New York City and specified as “a throwback of the Formalist style, of the early-20thcentury” as stated in the application. The addition of these architectural designs will add diversity and uniqueness to downtown Vancouver, which is currently dominated by glass style buildings. The project is designed by New York-based Robert AM Stern Architects, with local firm MCM Partnership acting as the architect of record.
Similar to the Fairmont Hotel in Vancouver
What are your thoughts on these New York style condos being built in Vancouver? Do you prefer aesthetic glass or the eco-friendly alternative?
We’re so excited to see how downtown Vancouver will change with all these developments going on. Let us know if you would like more details!