400 West GeorgiaVancouver, Canada

West Georgia Street is the Central Business District ‘high street’, home to Vancouver’s architectural monuments and landmarks buildings.

Westbank contracted Norman Disney & Young (NDY), A Tetra Tech Company, under a design-build agreement for 400 West Georgia, a 25-storey commercial office tower situated at the centre of Georgia Streets emerging business and cultural district.

One of Westbank’s main objectives was to develop innovative commercial office space together with a flexible and optimized mechanical system capable of meeting the demands of the next generation office space and achieving LEED Platinum performance. This required optimal collaboration between the design teams, and NDY’s diverse in-house offerings was a principal catalyst towards being appointed. 

The primary challenge of the project was the building’s unique design – inspired by a Japanese lantern and designed by OSO from Tokyo, the building form is a series of stacked boxes cantilevered with steel structure. The project is a direct counter point to the city business as usual expansion era of concrete structures and articulated glass towers, taking inspiration from global cities the building is an architectural sculpture with highly refined details, which remains deeply influenced by Vancouver’s natural surroundings. 

The result is a complex steel structure allowing the floorplate to rotate every four floors. This structure has led to a decentralized plant arrangement and restricted ceiling voids that are unique from typical large commercial buildings. 

Features and Innovations:

NDY and Westbank’s goal to deliver a uniquely designed building within specific budgetary constraints has been achieved. 400 West Georgia is being built to a LEED Platinum standard which will result to improved standards of energy performance, better air quality, reduced environmental impact and increased daylight for occupant wellbeing. 

With the dramatic changes happening in the building design industry, NDY retains its position as a global leader in providing innovative solutions. NDY has been a major contributor to the services coordination across all disciplines in a bid to help the project succeed on time and in budget. This was executed through several smart design decisions to the project based on accurate energy modelling and design experience.

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