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51-storey iconic Jenga tower

Downtown Vancouver’s West End neighborhood will see the city’s first of it’s kind architectural wonders. Ole Scheeren, a German architect based in Beijing and Hong Kong has proposed a Jenga like residential tower which will have rectangular boxes protruding out at the upper levels. This project is slated for 1500 West Georgia Street and shares the site of the Rhone and Iredale-designed triangular office building. The location proposed for the project is the eastern end of the city block on the corner of the intersection of West Georgia and Nicola Streets.

Rendering of 1500 West Georgia

Vancouver has seen protruding boxes design structures previously – like the Telus Garden, but this Jenga tower has the upper levels protruding way beyond those seen ever before!

Scheeren was commissioned to design this tower earlier this year – in February. He is a renowned architect on an international platform and competed with a number of globally acclaimed architects to gain this project.

The overall height proposed for the Jenga tower is 152 meters that is equivalent to 500 feet. The architect describes the building to be a three dimensional sculpture that embraces the city as well as nature. The space of living is projected and creates a physical and emotional connectivity between the indoor and outdoor environment.

Bosa Properties – a local developer based out of 1500 West Georgia said that this upcoming project is one of the most architecturally ambitious projects that includes a number of aesthetic design elements and at the same time is close to nature aiming for a LEED Platinum certification. This 51 storey building has a number of go green features like solar panels on the roof to generate power that can be used by the lower commercial levels. This power can also be diverted to the other amenities provided by the building to its residents.

At the base, the tower houses a plaza and the cascaded water feature replaces the existing installation. It also has 235 residential units that are predicted to become Vancouver’s prize properties in the luxury real estate market.

Bosa developers purchased this block in order to add a new residential building to the site. The proposed Jenga tower is estimated to cost well over half a billion dollars given the intricate design elements and the location that fronts the coal harbor neighborhood.

If the project is approved, the building will be the fifth tallest building in the city. The proposal is still in the pre-approval phase and the only hindrance could be from critiques that rejected the design for the origami shaped office tower earlier this year.

Vancouver has recently seen a number of spectacular designs and wonders that make you believe that architecture could be both grand and glamorous. Some of these projects include Holborn Group’s Trump International Hotel & Tower Vancouver and Westbank Corporation’s Vancouver House.

The Jenga tower once approved and built, could be a new gateway to the city welcoming you from Stanley Park and North Shore.

Naz Allahyari, is a full-time Vancouver Realtor® & Specializes in selling or buying a home in North Vancouver, West Vancouver, and as well as condos in Downtown Vancouver.

Image by: Büro Ole Scheeren