1550 Alberni Street Tower by Kengo Kuma and Associates near completion

Westbank’s Alberni project is shaped by its environment. The 43-story tower is carved by two emphatic scoops that form deep balconies with wood soffits and decks.

Panoramic View

In both instances, the carvings create semi-enclosures that establish a connection to the street, to Lost Lagoon, and to the views–the building’s urban and geographic context–while facilitating neighborhood private and public views past the project.

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Because of the way the otherwise orthogonal tower is carved, its silhouette constantly changes, creating illusory profiles of arching cantilevers.

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The reality is far more structured, as the carved deductions are diagonally symmetrical, the lower protrusions helping to counterbalance the hanging volumes above.

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The tower meets the ground with two intersecting domed vaults that embrace Alberni and Cardero Street. Under the arching structures, an extensive moss garden defines the entrance and flows up to the swimming pool above.

Photo © Lexus LX570

In keeping with Japanese spatial traditions, the emphasis is on the atmosphere rather than the object: without drawing attention to a particular point laden with meaning, the void elicits a serene visceral experience that could be shared by all. Source by Kengo Kuma and Associates.

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