The residential complex stands on a vacant lot in Downtown Vancouver located on the corner of Hornby Street and Pacific Street.
The north and south facades are made of polished black stone and a triple glazed, earth tone color glass curtain wall system. The shiny envelope contrasts with the white marble balconies on the east and west sides. Like an object sliced at both ends, these light-coloured facades show textured features that evoke horizontality rather than verticality. A random configuration of four shades of grey animates the geometric grid of the balconies and enhances the full-width fenestration, their subtle hues reminiscent of hazy clouds flowing over the top of Vancouver’s hills.
From a pedestrian’s perspective, the tower gradually displays its charms and interacts with the passer-by. The faceted balconies shape a soft, wavy movement on the facade that changes depending on the standpoint. At the junction of two units, a fold hides lighting and creates a stitching effect that adds depth to the bas-relief. A delicate brushed stainless-steel frame encloses the entirety of the white facades and highlights the edge while exposing the rich materiality of the balconies. The frame also reflects the humour of the day as it mirrors the city’s sky on its chamfered surface.
The base of the building follows the height of the surrounding roofs. One of the oldest surviving buildings in Vancouver, the Leslie House, has been carefully preserved in situ, revitalized and incorporated to the design. The yellow residence inspired a weathering steel colonnade, which visually anchors the vertical mass to the ground. The columns are disposed in a sequence that recalls the rows of old houses and are clad in perforated steel panels that will age over time. In an effective way, the colonnade symbolically ties the tower to the city’s past.
With its carefully fashioned, sleek volume, the project blends fluidly into its environment and protects Vancouver’s spectacular mountain views. The intelligent use of simple geometric forms and contrasting materials create a timeless silhouette. Due to its pragmatic and sophisticated design, Grosvenor Pacific Tower reaches high sustainability standards and is eligible to a LEED Gold certification from the Canadian Green Building Council.
Client : Grosvenor
Location : Hornby, BC
Completion : On going
Area : 12 176 m2
Budget : N/A
Architect : ACDF Architecture / IBI Group
Structural Engineer : N/A
Mechanical and Electrical Engineers : N/A
General Contractor : Grosvenor
Photographer : N/A