The Alberni

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Address 1550 Alberni Street
Neighbourhood West End
Year Built Est. 2020
Developer Westbank Projects & Peterson
Architect Kengo Kuma
Interior Designer Kengo Kuma
Floors 43
Total number of residences 181

Introduction

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

Amphitheatre

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

DOCUMENT: Kengo Kuma – Letter of Intent to City of Vancouver

BOOK: Layering – book introducing The Alberni

VIDEO: Showcasing the design theme for The Alberni

Amenities
pool / fitness centre / listening lounge / amphitheatre
Residences

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).

Notable Features

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

Development Team

Kengo Kuma and Associates –

VIDEO: The following video is a presentation of other projects undertaken by Kengo Kuma, Architect of The Alberni.

 

Westbank –

Neighbourhood

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:

Map

Floorplans

    Residence 301
    817 sf
    No Balcony
    Residence 302
    757 sf
    No Balcony
    Residence 303
    702 sf
    No Balcony
    Residence 304
    659 sf
    No Balcony
    Residence 401
    833 sf
    No Balcony
    Residence 402
    723 sf
    No Balcony
    Residence 403
    518 sf
    No Balcony
    Residence 404
    522 sf
    No Balcony
    Residence 405
    1726 sf
    Deck
    Residence 406
    629 sf
    No Balcony
    Residence 501
    1042 sf
    No Balcony
    Residence 502
    1194 sf
    Balcony
    Residence 503
    757 sf
    No Balcony
    Residence 504
    1011 sf
    No Balcony
    Residence 505
    629 sf
    No Balcony
    Residence 601
    874 sf
    No Balcony
    Residence 602
    1604 sf
    Balcony
    Residence 603
    769 sf
    No Balcony
    Residence 604
    802 sf
    No Balcony
    Residence 605
    489 sf
    No Balcony
    Residence 606
    845 sf
    Balcony
    Residence 701
    932 sf
    Balcony
    Residence 702
    1580 sf
    Balcony
    Residence 703
    1400 sf
    Balcony
    Residence 704
    1386 sf
    Balcony
    Residence 705
    759 sf
    Balcony
    Residence 706
    783 sf
    Balcony
    Residence 707
    494 sf
    No Balcony
    Residence 708
    845 sf
    Balcony
    Residence 801
    1452 sf
    Balcony
    Residence 802
    742 sf
    Balcony
    Residence 803
    2090 sf
    Balcony
    Residence 804
    1798 sf
    Balcony
    Residence 805
    756 sf
    Balcony
    Residence 806
    788 sf
    Balcony
    Residence 807
    489 sf
    No Balcony
    Residence 808
    845 sf
    Balcony
    Residence 901
    1452 sf
    Balcony
    Residence 902
    742 sf
    Balcony
    Residence 903
    1893 sf
    Balcony
    Residence 904
    1578 sf
    Balcony
    Residence 905
    756 sf
    Balcony
    Residence 906
    788 sf
    Balcony
    Residence 907
    489 sf
    No Balcony
    Residence 908
    838 sf
    Balcony
    Residence 1001
    1452 sf
    Balcony
    Residence 1002
    742 sf
    Balcony
    Residence 1003
    2142 sf
    Balcony
    Residence 1004
    1713 sf
    Balcony
    Residence 1005
    788 sf
    Balcony
    Residence 1006
    489 sf
    Balcony
    Residence 1007
    838 sf
    Balcony
    Residence 1101
    1445 sf
    Balcony
    Residence 1102
    742 sf
    Balcony
    Residence 1103
    1923 sf
    Balcony
    Residence 1104
    1589 sf
    Balcony
    Residence 1105
    788 sf
    Balcony
    Residence 1106
    489 sf
    No Balcony
    Residence 1107
    843 sf
    Balcony
    Residence 1201
    1454 sf
    Balcony
    Residence 1202
    2484 sf
    Balconies
    Residence 1203
    1500 sf
    Balcony
    Residence 1204
    788 sf
    Balcony
    Residence 1205
    489 sf
    No Balcony
    Residence 1206
    843 sf
    Balcony
    Residence 1301
    1454 sf
    Balcony
    Residence 1302
    2318 sf
    Balconies
    Residence 1303
    1408 sf
    Balcony
    Residence 1304
    788 sf
    Balcony
    Residence 1305
    489 sf
    No Balcony
    Residence 1306
    843 sf
    Balcony
    Residence 1401
    1454 sf
    Balcony
    Residence 1402
    2177 sf
    Balconies
    Residence 1403
    1326 sf
    Balcony
    Residence 1404
    788 sf
    Balcony
    Residence 1405
    489 sf
    No Balcony
    Residence 1406
    843 sf
    Balcony
    Residence 1501
    1447 sf
    Balcony
    Residence 1502
    2061 sf
    Balconies
    Residence 1503
    1258 sf
    Balcony
    Residence 1504
    998 sf
    Balcony
    Residence 1505
    1132 sf
    Balcony
    Residence 1601
    1711 sf
    Balcony
    Residence 1602
    1640 sf
    Balcony
    Residence 1603
    1202 sf
    Balcony
    Residence 1604
    998 sf
    Balcony
    Residence 1605
    1131 sf
    Balcony
    Residence 1701
    1672 sf
    Balcony
    Residence 1702
    1572 sf
    Balcony
    Residence 1703
    1158 sf
    Balcony
    Residence 1704
    998 sf
    Balcony
    Residence 1705
    1131 sf
    Balcony
    Residence 1801
    1634 sf
    Balcony
    Residence 1802
    1510 sf
    Balcony
    Residence 1803
    1124 sf
    Balcony
    Residence 1804
    995 sf
    Balcony
    Residence 1805
    1131 sf
    Balcony
    Residence 1901
    1562 sf
    Balcony
    Residence 1902
    1504 sf
    Balcony
    Residence 1903
    1105 sf
    Balcony
    Residence 1904
    998 sf
    Balcony
    Residence 1905
    1132 sf
    Balcony
    Residence 2001
    1474 sf
    Balcony
    Residence 2002
    1540 sf
    Balcony
    Residence 2003
    1097 sf
    Balcony
    Residence 2004
    998 sf
    Balcony
    Residence 2005
    1142 sf
    Balcony
    Residence 2101
    1411 sf
    Balcony
    Residence 2102
    1523 sf
    Balcony
    Residence 2103
    1100 sf
    Balcony
    Residence 2104
    998 sf
    Balcony
    Residence 2105
    1141 sf
    Balcony
    Residence 2201
    1275 sf
    Balcony
    Residence 2202
    1626 sf
    Balcony
    Residence 2203
    1117 sf
    Balcony
    Residence 2204
    998 sf
    Balcony
    Residence 2205
    1142 sf
    Balcony
    Residence 2301
    1172 sf
    Balcony
    Residence 2302
    1702 sf
    Balcony
    Residence 2303
    2142 sf
    Balconies
    Residence 2304
    1155 sf
    Balcony
    Residence 2401
    1398 sf
    Balcony
    Residence 2402
    1519 sf
    Balcony
    Residence 2403
    2183 sf
    Balconies
    Residence 2404
    1165 sf
    Balcony
    Residence 2501
    1315 sf
    Balcony
    Residence 2502
    1645 sf
    Balcony
    Residence 2503
    2234 sf
    Balconies
    Residence 2504
    1153 sf
    Balcony
    Residence 2601
    1239 sf
    Balcony
    Residence 2602
    1794 sf
    Balcony
    Residence 2603
    2298 sf
    Balconies
    Residence 2604
    1131 sf
    Balcony
    Residence 2701
    1538 sf
    Balcony
    Residence 2702
    1560 sf
    Balcony
    Residence 2703
    2392 sf
    Balconies
    Residence 2704
    1077 sf
    Balcony
    Residence 2801
    1468 sf
    Balcony
    Residence 2802
    1704 sf
    Balcony
    Residence 2803
    2483 sf
    Balconies
    Residence 2804
    1050 sf
    Balcony
    Residence 2901
    1401 sf
    Balcony
    Residence 2902
    1838 sf
    Balcony
    Residence 2903
    2586 sf
    Balconies
    Residence 2904
    1021 sf
    Balcony
    Residence 3001
    2290
    Balconies
    Residence 3002
    1209 sf
    Balcony
    Residence 3003
    1310 sf
    Balconies
    Residence 3004
    2243 sf
    Balconies
    Residence 3101
    2232 sf
    Balconies
    Residence 3102
    1299 sf
    Balcony

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    This representation is based in whole or in part on data generated by the Chilliwack & District Real Estate Board, Fraser Valley Real Estate Board or Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver which assumes no responsibility for its accuracy. Copyright 2018 by the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver, Fraser Valley Real Estate Board, Chilliwack and District Real Estate Board, and BC Northern Real Estate Board. All Rights Reserved.

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