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Vancouver House


Westbank and Icon Construction

Owner/Developer and General Contractor


Virtual Construction to Digital Twin Solution Offering

Project Value


Location: Vancouver, BC
Completion: 2020
Assignments: Digital Twin, Construction, Facade and Layout
Developer: Westbank Properties
Architect: Bjarke Ingels Group, DIALOG


Vancouver House was designed by Danish architect Bjarke Ingels.

The design is based on a triangle that rises from the ground and gradually transitions into a rectangle as it ascends to the top. The design reflects the constraints of developing the triangular-shaped plot of land immediately east of the Howe Street on-ramp of the Granville Street Bridge. The east and west facades of the building feature box-shaped balconies, giving the building’s exterior a honeycomb texture.

Due to the building’s unique shape and top-heavy design, vertical and horizontal post tension cables had to be used in the structural design. A high level of coordination was required due to the facade embeds and scupper elements, penetrations, rebar, and post tension cables all interfacing with the concrete in a dense area.