In the Sun today – Shelley Fralic: New tower a welcome twist
Vancouver House is a 525-foot, 59-storey tower — said to be the fifth tallest in the city — designed by Bjarke Ingels, a dynamic 39-year-old Copenhagen architect who cites our own forward-thinking Arthur Erickson for much of the building’s sculptural inspiration.
Approved Monday in a unanimous city council vote, Westbank Corporation’s proposed tower at Beach and Howe, on three acres on the north end of the Granville Bridge, is slated for 2018 completion.
Ingels’s thinking, he says in a video on the project’s website, is that Vancouver House is, literally, a sophisticated twist on the “slender tower on the urban podium” that — and the following are my words — has formed a relentlessly dull-faced dark wall of soulless skyscrapers crowding the downtown Vancouver core like a mouthful of bad teeth.
… if the city is trying to attract families into its downtown core, why is much of the new development so small and expensive, and built on streetscapes bereft of child-friendly necessities like, you know, schools?
You know, schools: