Vancouver House appears to rise ‘like genie out of the bottle’ 

vancouver tower

The Vancouver Tower appears to rise like a ‘genie out of a bottle’

Danish/ US architect firm Bjarke Ingels Group has unveiled Vancouver House, a 155m tower that appears to rise like a ‘genie out of a bottle’. 

Located near the entrance of the Canadian city Vancouver, the tower and base are an interpretation of the local style ‘Vancouverism’. 

Vancouverism are tall slim towers, widely separated by low-rise buildings, for light, air and views. Vancouver House has a thin tower that aims to preserve ‘view cones’ through the city.

BIG plans for Vancouver Tower

The plot for the tower was almost too small to build on

Views of water and mountains can be seen from the building thanks to its height and position next to a creek.  

Bjarke Ingels, founding partner at BIG, said: “The Vancouver house is a contemporary descendent of the flat-iron building in New York City reclaiming the lost spaces for living as the tower escapes the noise and traffic at its base. 

Vancouver Tower in Vancouver

Vancouver Tower’s design is based on local typology ‘Vancouverism’.

“In the tradition of Flatiron the Vancouver House architecture is not the result of formal excess or architectural idiosyncrasies but rather a child of its circumstances. The trisected site and concerns for neighbouring buildings and park spaces.”

BIG’s design for the tower came about because it was created on a small triangular site that was almost too small to build on. 

Vancouver House has the widely-used sustainble rating LEED, and is a Platinum building.

Vancouver House (close up)

Bjarke Ingels: Vancouver House is a child of circumstances