Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Three Harbour Green in Vancouver, Canada By IBI/HB Architects
February 26th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: IBI/HB Architects
Three Harbour Green represents the last tower to be developed in this corner of Coal Harbour, an area of the city that houses numerous residential towers of architectural excellence in the last decade. This crown jewel completes a three-tower scheme, overlooking Stanley Park, the north shore mountains, and fronting 7 acres of waterfront park space.
The tower is the tallest of the three Harbour Green towers, at 33 storeys and 125 meters. IBI/HB Architects noted that the building had two “personalities” as a dividing line between the office towers of the east, and the new residential towers of the west. As such, the Three Harbour Green’s eastern façade is austere and minimalist as a pure curtain wall.
The west side is more complex, rendered as a series of stone-clad boxes hanging off the building, or ‘sky gardens’. At the 8th storey, the building terraces down to provide a more defined street wall along the building’s main frontage. The building material features an interplay of glazing and stone veneer, while the landscape materials at the building’s base are consistent with the quality and colour of the tower itself. Public art by Jill Anholt of Urban Art Management completes the project at the site’s busy southeast corner.
With such a rich public realm surrounding the site, the landscape was the biggest challenge. Working with Philips Farevaag Smallenberg Landscape Architects, the final solution creates an interface that is seamless with its environs, with sensitively designed townhouse units facing the street, and a minimalist lawn on the tower’s north façade that does not impede the dramatic views of the sea, sky, and mountains.
IBI/HB innovatively satisfied both the developer and City’s wishes given such a highly auspicious site. While maximizing both the building height and area requirements given its comprehensive rezoning, IBI/HB was able to satisfy the City’s wish to preserve the waterfront public realm by minimizing the impact of the shadow of the tower and creating a seamless landscape interface. These innovations resulted in delivering a building befitting the architectural excellence of Coal Harbour.
Three Harbour Green incorporates several sustainable technologies:
• Extensive landscaping mitigates heat island effect
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