In an article written by Susan Lazaruk of the Vancouver Sun, she reports that 2 new residential towers proposed for Alberni and Bidwell streets in the West End are designed to mimic large undulating cedars to lend a Vancouver character, according to the world famous design architects, Heatherwick studio from the U.K.
The design is intended to use trees as the inspiration with the idea of gentle curving vertical structures that connect the public on the ground floor to the top of the towers.
The 2 tree towers, 1 thirty storeys, the other thirty-four, at 1728 Alberni St and 735 Bidwell St, would be made up of 401 strata residential units - studios and one, two and three bedrooms - with balconies and views to the mountains, Stanley Park and the harbour.
The project proposed more spaces for bikes (524) than for cars (499), and would replace 2 mid 1980's era apartment towers on the land.
The new towers would sit on a five-storey, mixed use podium that would incorporate varied architectural materials, including wood and a lot of greenery. Each of the buildings' two bases is styled after a 'green mountain' that would house restaurants and shops, and have a ground-floor plaza designed to be open in the warmer months only.
The project is to be jointly developed by Bosa and Kingswood Properties.
It's not know at this time when the buildings, if approved, would be completed.