West Pender Place

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Height: Architectural 112.8 m / 370 ft
Height: To Tip 112.8 m / 370 ft
Floors Above Ground 36
Floors Below Ground 6
# of Elevators 5
Top Elevator Speed 4.5 m/s
Tower GFA 14,746 m² / 158,725 ft²
Development GFA 22,223 m² / 239,206 ft²
# of Apartments 143
# of Parking Spaces 258


Official Name West Pender Place
Structure Type Building
Status Completed
Country Canada
City Vancouver
Street Address & Map 1499 West Pender Street
Postal Code V6G 0A7
Building Function residential / retail
Structural Material concrete
Proposed 2007
Construction Start 2009
Completion 2011

Companies Involved

Owner/Developer Reliance Properties
Design IBI/HB Architects
Structural Engineer
Design John Bryson & Partners
MEP Engineer
• (not specified) Nemetz (S/A) & Associates Ltd.; Yoneda & Associates
Project Manager ITC Construction Group
Main Contractor ITC Construction Group

About West Pender Place

The formal approach for West Pender Place was entirely based upon the restricted site and the view corridors of surrounding buildings. To meet the needs of the client while also responding to these constraints, the forms of the two towers (36 stories and 10 stories) were sculpted into a prismatic, faceted complex of folded planes and angled geometry. The form allows for each residential unit to have a slightly different plan, each with its own outward views of the surrounding context.

Great care was paid to the choice of materials and design of the cladding systems. Fritting and texturing were incorporated into the glazing, while an LED light art installation was implemented in the solid exposed cores. In addition, the building utilizes a geothermal heat-exchange system to decrease the use of external energy sources. The location of the building takes advantage of its surroundings, and promotes a pedestrian lifestyle through its proximity to key amenities.

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