Very high density development in Vancouver can tend to be weighty, oppressive and claustrophobic.
The grid that the city is laid out on has found it very hard to adapt to this level of development.
The towers for which it is now famous appear to have been scattered on top of a 19th century typology of four storey buildings. One would have expected that there might have been a REACTION between the two coexistent patterns of development.
The city needs to make room for the tower but by the same token, the tower must be a polite guest.
The tower needs space at its foot, but not a plaza. The line of the street must be maintained so that the place isn't barren, windswept. We propose a sheltered garden with a railing and a gate along its edge; the garden will be open but private.
The tower will have a double skin, allowing for natural ventilation and reducing energy reliance. The skin will also redirect and dissipate wind loads as necessary. It flares out at the bottom to keep wind away from the pedestrian on the street.
LOGGIA: In the interstitial space between the two skins we propose to append a triple height extra deep terrace to a well-known interlocking section. This provides a generous sheltered outdoor room; a place you ould hang out in.
SURFACE: The outer skin ofthe building which be taut, sleek, lightweight, light coloured (white), partially transparent and reflective. It will add a strong but skinny silhouette to the skyline. It will feel light.
VEIL. The architect and wind engineer can play with this outer envelope of the tower so that wind is dissipated and redirected to minimise its effects on the ground as well as on the building itself.
(From competitor's text)
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