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Barclay Street Tower // ACDF Architecture

Vancouver, Canada

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Located in the West End neighbourhood of Vancouver, the proposed development is 48 storeys tall and is composed of 296 market housing and 81 social housing units. An inclusive approach was at the root of the conceptual work with an emphasis on creating an engaging experience, which participates in the overall conceptual vision, for both resident groups.

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Drawing inspiration from the lines of nature, the project innately provides a sense of belonging and familiarity for all residents and the public alike.

The tower volume is sheared to follow the sun’s path, minimizing shadowing on the neighbouring major commercial strip. A system of balconies anchors onto the East and West facades, cascading in a staggered pattern that follows the sun’s angle, maximizing daylight penetration into the units.

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These structural balconies minimize thermal bridging, which contributes to meeting the ambitious sustainability target of passive house. Inspired by floral tectonics, the delicate rational balconies create a three-dimensional system that grows from the forested site. A generous terrace that hugs the south-eastern portion of the entrance level provides a shared space for market and social housing residents alike and includes a community garden, a children’s playground and an outdoor kitchen.

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The forest-like perimeter that wraps the site is composed of layered public and semi-private vegetal belts of indigenous species, evoking a quality similar to that of the edge of a forest. Two pedestrian access points, for the market and social residents distinctly, are carved into the vegetal belt and are equally designed as majestic paths in a forest.

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This treatment of the ground plane along with the special treatment of the balcony soffits that are visible when looking up at the tower engages pedestrians as they approach it, activating the ‘fifth façade’ and contributing to the experience at a human scale. .

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