Star architect Ole Scheeren’s blueprint for a Vancouver skyscraper may herald a new age in high-rise structures.
Joining the army of skyscrapers standing rigidly upright, dotting the sky of downtown Vancouver, will soon be acclaimed German architect Ole Scheeren’s offbeat high-rise structure. Intended to be built in a structure that is reminiscent of Jenga, the skyscraper will consist of 48 storeys with big blocks horizontally jutting out of the building, reaching out to the city in different directions.
These protrusions are meant to engage with the city space in a new way. The resultant terraces created out of these horizontal protrusions will encourage people living there to connect to the city outside.
Significantly, Scheeren’s design invokes a recent but peculiar trend of buildings created along the ‘stacked blocks’ line of design. This sort of design is most markedly apparent in Danish firm BIG’s stacked design for the World Trade Centre Tower project.
The tower will comprise 48 storeys of residential space above two storeys of space for mixed use at ground level. The project is commissioned by Bosa Properties and Kingswood Properties. These two companies have bought the 1500 block of West Georgia on which the tower is to be constructed.
Where once skyscrapers appeared to be reaching higher and higher for the skies, Scheeren’s design beautifully evokes a sense of reaching closer to ground level – reaching out to the city itself.