The BIG architectural practice designed a new addition to the skyline of Vancouver, Canada with the Beach and Howe mixed-use tower. Westbank, Dialog, Cobalt, PFS, Buro Happold, Glotman Simpson and the local architect James Cheng all contributed to this project.
With a height of 490 feet, the proposal was named after its location which is on the corner of Howe & Beach close to the Granville Street Bridge. The tower will have 39 floors and it will be the fourth tallest building in the city with 600 residential units.
A nine storey podium provides the base for the skyscraper and this is where rental housing and a mix of commercial and retail spaces will be located. The footprint of the tower is restricted to a small triangle but once it gets higher the triangle becomes a rectangular which increases the spaces at the top while also giving the project a unique aspect that changes from each angle.