Neighbourhood West End
Year Built Est. 2020
Developer Westbank Projects & Peterson
Architect Kengo Kuma
Interior Designer Kengo Kuma
Total number of residences 181
The Alberni is pure art and, arguably, the crowning achievement of Westbank’s over 20 years of development experience. Its unique and strikingly elegant form is immediately evident on the Vancouver skyline. The building was designed within concept of layering, the overlapping use and form of each material and component, to attain a new luxury standard in Vancouver.
Following the success of bringing Bjarke Ingels Group to Vancouver to design Vancouver House, Westbank retained Kengo Kuma from Tokyo to Vancouver for his first tower in North America. Often considered one of the leading architects in the world. Continues along the path of bringing leading international talent to design Vancouver buildings. Fresh perspective and further jettison the stigma of uniform architecture.
Themed as “Layered”, new aspects unfold as you view the exterior from different vantage points and at different times of the day and season. New interwoven yet distinct features greet you in the common areas and in the residences. Aluminum panels clad the exterior, those on the horizontal have a treatment as anticipated for the material, however, those for the balcony soffits are wood printed for a softer and contrasting affect.
Excellence in architecture is the result of a modest attitude toward the times, and such an attitude enables a building to transcend the times and survive.
Kengo Kuma, Founder of Kengo Kuma and Associates
and although the same materia contrasts with the softer treatment of the balconies (wood printed soffits) within the two voids. Materials can be treated differently aluminum soffits are to be wood printed. While continuing the use of material, its application shifts by its treatment.
The building form has been masterfully integrated with its environment. The lack of uniformity in the two scoops results in each aspect of the silhouette being unique. Being clad in shingled panels augments its ephemeral nature.
decidedly Japanese sensibility, bamboo, Residences have Japanese gardens with water features. Interiors have a decided Japanese feel with plentiful wood, generous use of wood
Ambitiously planned to be the finest Japanese restaurant in Canada.
Growing from a base formed by two intersecting domes with a traditional Japanese moss garden, the tower will reach 434 feet. All but the retail along Cardero Street, fittingly, a Japanese restaurant, will be residential. It is intended to have a Michellin star restaurant in its base.
layered wood feature in lobby and swimming pool
VIDEO: Showcasing the design theme for The Alberni
The developement application projected the 181 Executive residences to be:
- 4 studio homes (levels 3 through 6)
- 17 one bedroom homes (levels 3 through 11)
- 140 two bedroom homes (levels 4 through 35)
- 17 three bedroom homes (levels 27 through 40)
- 3 penthouse homes (level 41)
Residences will feature:
- floors are oak, lightly painted white,
- kitchen quartzite countertops, vibration-finished stainless steel backsplashes and oak-veneer cabinetry.
- The major appliances are by Miele.
- bathrooms will have porcelain tiles and travertine
- Japanese baths in some bathrooms
- gorgeous wood slat defining the space for the bed
- floor to ceiling glazing
- some including a Japanese garden,
Pool and roof terrace on level 43. What’s on level 42? Review strata plan… or floorplans (I think the top levels are all penthouse – two level plus rooftop terrace and pool).
Design maturity – Like much in life, architectural improvements tend to lean towards logical steps than explosive gains. Along these lines and while the design team may not have be aware, I find the gently undulating interior walls of these condos reminiscent of the Organic Series of homes at Jameson House. In my view, the Alberni furthers the design in choice of material and enhancing the undulations, both horizontally and vertically.
Building form similarities – This development shares another parallel with Vancouver House, both have a sculpted exterior form necessitated by site restrictions. In the case of The Alberni, the unique form is designed to minimize interactions with nearby buildings. A setback from the Granville Bridge drove the transition from the
Kengo Kuma and Associates –
VIDEO: The following video is a presentation of other projects undertaken by Kengo Kuma, Architect of The Alberni.
Corner of Alberni and Cardero Streets. Join the green commuters and recreational cyclists on the Cardero bike path.
Traveling east on Alberni Street will take you to luxury retail area.
There are a number of buildings planned for the surrounding few blocks.
Other buildings will help reestablish the architectural importance of West Georgia Street in our downtown peninsula. Another wonderfully unique in Vancouver design is Bosa Development’s Fifteen Fifteen. Cardero is also being built in the vicinity at 1575 West Georgia Street.
You can reach enjoy the following amenities in under 5 minutes from your front door:
You can walk to the following amenities in 5-10 minutes:
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