Nestled in Cambie’s developing commercial node, our design for this site is a creative riff on the classic rectangular office tower. Its glass exterior is a square “box” massing that’s carved at all sides, creating negative space that carefully considers the buildings that surround it. Two-toned glazing differentiates between the formal “box” structure and carved facades, responding to both the design and solar context. A diamond-patterned trellis green system at the west façade creates a vivid green space along with the glass interior, interrupting the glass with a focal point for onlookers.
The building targets LEED Gold certification, with strategies like low-flow fixtures, stormwater treatment, and lighting sensors. Its location is well served by transit, and the building will offer showers and changing rooms as well as bike parking, to further encourage occupants to use alternative transportation. The design has also been informed by extensive public consultation, City initiatives, and municipal commentary, linking the design process to the Vancouverites the building serves. Its sustainable, boutique office space will centralize views of City Hall, making the building even more quintessentially Vancouver.