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Alberni
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DESIGNER
 
 
Kengo Kuma

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CONTEXT
 
Relationship with the location
Kengo Kuma, KKAA, Alberni, Westbank, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada“The building should not be an isolated object. Buildings should be part of the city, part of the environment. I believe that is the goal of architecture in the 21st century.”

Kengo Kuma
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Kengo Kuma, KKAA, Alberni, Westbank, Vancouver, British Columbia, CanadaIn Vancouver to discuss his work, Japan’s leading architect, Kengo Kuma, personally revealed plans for his first North American, large-scale residential tower – Alberni by Kuma – proposed for the globally renowned city on Canada’s westcoast. Westbank and Peterson, Canada’s premier developers of luxury, mixed-use projects, have engaged Kengo Kuma, and his firm Kengo Kuma and Associates (KKAA) to design the 43-storey tower near the entrance to Vancouver’s famed Stanley Park. The proposed tower is part of a small collective of internationally influenced designs in the city, under the direction of Westbank and Peterson.

Kengo Kuma, KKAA, Alberni, Westbank, Vancouver, British Columbia, CanadaThe form of the building – a gentle curve – is the most important architecturally; the Japanese garden – a moss garden that surrounds the base of the tower – is the most important spatially.

“In Japanese space, boundaries are considered mutable and transient. This is always an important part of my work,” said Kuma. “In this project, the minimal glazing details and the layered landscaping blurs conventional boundaries to enhance the sense of continuity. The design celebrates the presence of nature in Vancouver.”

Located amongst downtown’s most vibrant streets, Kuma’s design will see a building that complements the evolution of the community. With a curved silhouette, the tower’s two carved semi-inclusions will create the appearance of spatial balance. The tower’s 181 residential units will be primarily located in the semi-inclusions and boast substantially sized patio spaces designed as open gardens to create personal urban spaces. The mixed-use development also includes a retail space and restaurant.
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Kengo Kuma, KKAA, Alberni, Westbank, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada“I have always wanted to have a project in Canada because of its closeness to nature,” said Kuma. “Typologically, this is a large-scale project in North America, a dream for any foreign architect. We have done towers, but not to this scale and level of detail.”

“He is the architect without frontiers,” said Ian Gillespie, Founder & President, Westbank.
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MATERIALS
 
aluminium, wood, glass

Kengo Kuma, KKAA, Alberni, Westbank, Vancouver, British Columbia, CanadaThe connectivity and transparency of design is achieved through use of materials and rich subtle layering that begins at the base. The architectural components of the tower begin with small units; the panels on the facade, the timber of the woodwork, the planks in the corridors – all are aggregated into a larger whole, which form the tower. The use of anodized aluminum and glass on the exterior allow a reflection of the neighbouring buildings and sky, giving the desired external transparency. The use of various wood on the exterior and interior add a signature similarity to Kuma’s other iconic designs.

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LOCATION
 
Continent
North America
Nation
Canada
Province
British Columbia
Regional district
Greater Vancouver
Town
Vancouver
Address
1550 Alberni Street
 
 
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TYPOLOGY
 
Main
ARCHITECTURE
Residential buildings
Multiple dwelling
Vertical architectures
Skyscrapers
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ARCHITECTURE
Commercial buildings
Shops
Restaurants
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CHRONOLOGY
 
Project
2016    
Realisation
2017 - 2019
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ADDITIONS AND DIGRESSIONS
 
 
Architect Speaker Series

On April 12th, 1,400 people gathered at the University of British Columbia’s (UBC) Chan Centre for Small to Large, an Evening with Kengo Kuma.
 
Kuma took the audience on his journey from Small to Large, first exploring the small, soulful scale of his early projects transitioning to his larger global projects that still retain the intimate detail of layering and connectivity to location. That includes the Tokyo National Stadium recently awarded to his firm and Alberni by Kuma, the proposed 43-storey residential tower in Vancouver, by Westbank and Peterson.
 
Westbank initiated the architect speaker series, in partnership with UBC - SALA (School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture), to provide an opportunity to discover more about the local projects that are global influencers and spark conversations on how to innovate and shape the future of our cities. It began with Pritzker Prize-winning architect Tadao Ando, followed by Bjarke Ingles, who has designed Westbank’s Vancouver House and most recently, Kengo Kuma.

Small to Large: An Evening with Kenga Kuma (FULL EVENT) from westbankcorp on Vimeo.

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CLIENT
 
 
Westbank
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DIMENSIONAL
DATA
 
Floors
43 above ground
Consistence
181 residential units
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STAFF
 
Project
KKAA
Kengo Kuma and Associates
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CREDITS
 
 
Drawings © KKAA, Ed White
Courtesy by v2com

Kengo Kuma, KKAA, Alberni, Westbank, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada



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