BIG’s Vancouver House Aims To Transform Motorway Flyover Into A “wonderful Civic Space”

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Planet Architecture Festival 2015: in this exclusive film, architect Kai-Uwe Bergmann explains how BIG’s proposed skyscraper in Vancouver is designed to transform a internet site dominated by a motorway flyover into an desirable neighbourhood.

Vancouver House by BIG

The Danish architecture firm’s Vancouver Home, which was named Long term Undertaking of the Yr 2015 at World Architecture Festival earlier this month, will be situated adjacent to an overpass at the base of Vancouver’s Granville Street Bridge.

Vancouver House by BIG

“The internet site is similar to a great deal of cities,” says Huge spouse Bergmann in the movie, which was filmed in Singapore by Dezeen for Planet Architecture Festival.

“The prime areas of the cities are constructed, so architects now deal with a lot of the residual spaces.”

Vancouver House by BIG

The 49-storey residential tower’s distinctive twisted form was a direct response to the limitations of the internet site.


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In order to produce a 30-metre setback from the hectic street, the tower will be much narrower at the base, just before widening out at increased amounts.

Vancouver House by BIG

“We’ve experimented with to make the most of the internet site with all of its difficulties,” Bergmann says. “So we started out tiny and then moved up to a more substantial leading.”

Vancouver House by BIG

The base of the tower will function nine storeys of offices, outlets and eating places, which will spill out onto a series of public plazas that stretch beneath the elevated motorway.

Vancouver House by BIG

Bergman says that the key to undertaking was transforming these spaces into desirable places to spend time, which he says Big hopes to decorate with huge public art installations.

Vancouver House by BIG

“The task is all about giving a great city daily life to the street level,” he says. “Remember, this is an overpass of a bridge and in most cities this is not a really wonderful location. They never get benefit of these beneath spaces.”

“We can think about an artwork set up that occurs on the underside of this bridge, to make it a civic room for the city.”

BIG partner Kai-Uwe Bergmann

This film was developed by Dezeen for World Architecture Festival.

Globe Architecture Festival 2015 took area in Singapore from four to 6 November, alongside spouse event Inside Planet Festival of Interiors. Dezeen is media partners for each events and will be publishing much more video interviews with the winners more than the coming weeks.


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