Sky Lantern shines bright in Vancouver
Home to the Vancouver’s financial and central business district, West Georgia Street is replete with architectural monuments and landmark buildings. But as Sean McGowan discovered, the addition of a visually stunning and high- performing office tower is set to shine a new light on the city’s skyline.
Established in 1992, Westbank Corp. is one of North America’s leading property developers.
Boasting more than $25 billion of projects completed or under development in Canada, the US and Japan, Westbank is well known for its collaboration with some of the world’s leading architects. Its practice has been built around long-term commitments to artistry, sustainability and city-building.
If that doesn’t sound like your typical property developer, then seeing is believing.
Westbank’s latest project in downtown Vancouver, 410 West Georgia, is envisioned as a living sculpture. Designed by Japanese architectural firm OSO, with local architects Merrick Architecture, the 25-storey commercial office tower’s design is inspired by a Japanese lantern, with a series of staggered, steel-framed cubes arranged around a central concrete core.
Each cube … has been designed and positioned to create natural compartments within a continuous floorplate
Currently under construction, the 34,135m² of office space will feature glass floors overlooking the city, vertical gardens framing views to the mountains, roof terraces and the largest rooftop amenity in Vancouver.
Internally, the work space is designed to be open, flexible and diverse so as to encourage collaboration, creativity and spontaneity among its tenants.
Each cube – itself four storeys high – has been designed and positioned to create natural compartments within a continuous floorplate. The floors and ceilings of the cantilevered portions are glazed to visually link the gardens, offices and street below with views that are both horizontal and vertical.
“Designed to both reflect nature and to honour its surrounding environment, 410 West Georgia will create a unique and constantly changing experience for all who encounter it,” says Westbank Corp. project manager, Nathaniel Funk.