Glitzy 26-Floor “Origami” Tower Proposed near Historic Gastown

Image from Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill

Image from Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill

Vancouver’s historic Waterfront Station may soon be getting a glitzy new neighbour.

A sleek, 26-story tower – described as “origami” in glass and steel – has been proposed for the parking lot currently located between the 1912 station on the edge of Gastown and the adjacent Landing building, a century-old office building that houses the Steamworks bar and restaurant.

The tower, proposed by Cadillac Fairview, is designed by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture,the same U.S.-based firm who built the Burj Khalifa in Dubai (the world’s tallest building) and who are working on Saudi Arabia’s Kingdom Tower, to be the new tallest building when completed in 2018.

To fit in the small space available, the tower folds in at its base, enveloping one corner of the historic CPR train station.  Higher up, it broadens to resemble the new World Trade Centre in New York, with angled planes of glass and steel. Continue reading:
Glitzy 26-Floor “Origami” Tower Proposed near Historic Gastown

New Sculpture by Ai Weiwei (with Hidden Meaning) Unveiled in Downtown Vancouver

Photo from Vancouver Biennale

Photo from Vancouver Biennale

One of the world’s best known political activists has unveiled a brand new outdoor sculpture in downtown Vancouver.

The provocatively named F Grass by Chinese dissident Ai Weiwei consists of hundreds of blades of metal grass arranged in the shape of the letter F.  The 13.5-square-metre sculpture, which stands just a few centimetres high, is located near the Coal Harbour waterfront at Harbour Green Park.

Visually, the sculpture looks arresting.  While the metallic blades of grass aren’t sharp, they look a lot like the traffic spikes that police use to puncture tires during car chases. But there’s a deeper symbolic meaning to the piece, as well.

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New Sculpture by Ai Weiwei (with Hidden Meaning) Unveiled in Downtown Vancouver

7-Storey-High Apartment Tower Made of Shipping Containers Coming to Vancouver

Photo credit: steve gibson | Wikimedia Commons

Photo credit: steve gibson | Wikimedia Commons

If you’ve ever walked by Vancouver’s port, you’ve probably seen those multicoloured stacks of shipping containers soaring into the sky like giant Lego blocks.  Now how would you like to live in a condo tower made entirely of those containers?

Vancouver may soon be home to the tallest shipping container structure in North America – a 7-storey, 71-foot-high building to serve as social housing in the Downtown Eastside.  The 26-unit structure, proposed by the non-profit Atira Women’s Resource Society, would use approximately 90 shipping containers and would be erected on the corner of Hastings and Hawk Streets, according to a Globe and Mail article by Francis Bula.

While easily the tallest structure of its kind in the city, the building wouldn’t be the first. Continue reading:
7-Storey-High Apartment Tower Made of Shipping Containers Coming to Vancouver

More than the Olympics: Vancouver Attracts Highest-Ever Number of Visitors in 2014

Photo credit: MagnusL3D | Wikimedia Commons

Photo credit: MagnusL3D | Wikimedia Commons

It’s not just your imagination. Vancouver is more popular than ever.

In 2014, nearly 9 million people from overseas visited the city and stayed overnight, an all-time record, according to figures released by Tourism Vancouver. The 2014 total tops even the 2010 tally, when Vancouver hosted the Winter Olympic Games. Anyone who took a stroll on the Stanley Park seawall this summer – which was thronged with sightseers speaking dozens of different languages – probably got a glimpse of this first hand.

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More than the Olympics: Vancouver Attracts Highest-Ever Number of Visitors in 2014

Celebrate the Season at the 2014 Vancouver Christmas Market

Vancouver Christmas Market 2014

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Step into the Vancouver Christmas Market and it will feel like you’re stepping into a whole new world. One with colourful decorations, family entertainment, tasty authentic food, and the spicy aroma of mulled wine.

Open daily from November 22 to December 24, the 5th annual Vancouver Christmas Market is bringing its authentic European market charm to help celebrate the holiday season at the Queen Elizabeth Plaza on 650 Hamilton Street in Downtown Vancouver.

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Celebrate the Season at the 2014 Vancouver Christmas Market