Ever since Expo 86, Vancouver’s False Creek has been a place for architectural experimentation. Back then, the city put up the mirrored geodesic orb which became Science World, gleaming new residential towers and the glass-paneled Plaza of Nations building.
Now, a developer wants to take things one step further. Vancouver city council has received a proposal for a monumental, 30-story mirrored glass arch on the site of the current Plaza of Nations, according to a Vancouver Sun article.
The building, which consists of two towers connected by a horizontal segment on top, would contain up to to 2,000 residential units. Once completed, it would form an enormous frame, with BC Place centred in the background.
The arch is the centrepiece of a new complex of ultramodern, mirrored buildings being considered for the site. The proposal, which is still in a very preliminary phase, also includes 350,000 square feet of commercial and office space, plus a new community centre, a sports science centre and an ice rink for the Canucks to train on.
The glass arch and surrounding buildings would make a dramatic addition to the waterfront. But is all the shiny glass and sharp angles right for the city?
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The proposal was made by architect James Cheng, who has succeeded in creating some adventurous structures in Vancouver before. Cheng is perhaps best known for designing the city’s tallest building, the 62-storey Shangri-La, which also makes abundant use of mirrored glass and sharp, modern angles.
The latest proposal for the North False Creek waterfront comes in the wake of last year’s decision to impose a moratorium on casino construction. You might remember that a mega casino had originally been planned for the Plaza of Nations site but was scrapped at the last minute after popular outcry.
The glass arch proposal is still in a preliminary phase. City council may take up to a year deliberating before proceeding with a public hearing.
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