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Vancouver House construction has topped out at its ultimate height of 497 ft (PHOTOS)

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Kenneth Chan Jun 28, 2018 4:36 pm 15,752

Vancouver House is already making quite the architectural statement in the downtown peninsula’s skyline from False Creek viewpoints.

The gateway tower at 1400 Howe Street, located on the northern end of the Granville Street Bridge, is now well past the midway point of its construction process.

Jill Killeen, a spokesperson for Westbank, told Daily Hive the project’s tower component topped out this week ahead of schedule. This is the milestone process of completing the highest floor, which happens to be the 52nd floor for this building.

With an ultimate height of 497 ft, it is the fourth tallest tower in downtown.

The design, created by Danish architect Bjarke Ingels, is based on a triangle that rises from the ground and gradually transitions into a rectangle as it ascends to the top.

As well, the pattern of protruding balconies and “punched in” windows creates a honeycomb look for the facade.

Artistic rendering

Artistic rendering of Vancouver House. (Bjarke Ingels Group / Westbank)

Construction progress as of June 25, 2018

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Construction progress of Vancouver House at 1480 Howe Street, Vancouver, taken on June 25, 2018. (Kenneth Chan / Daily Hive)

This $400-million project, which also includes a 10-storey podium and two six-storey, triangular-shaped buildings, contains 407 market residential units, 95 market rental units, 80,000 sq. ft. of retail space.

The multi-building redevelopment will create a total floor area of 650,000 sq. ft., and its density is supported by 609 vehicle parking stalls and 723 bicycle parking spaces.

As part of the project’s community benefits, the public realm will also be significantly enhanced, with the adjacent space underneath the Granville Street Bridge completely animated as a new covered event plaza space for crowds of up to 2,800 people. Additionally, there will be a giant rotating chandelier public art piece suspended from the underside of the bridge deck.

The project is expected to reach completion in spring 2019.

Vancouver House’s tower is located on a site immediately west of the Granville Street Bridge. Another large site on the opposite side, just east of the bridge, is proposed to become another gateway tower – a 52-storey, 535-ft-tall design by Pinnacle International.

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Construction progress of Vancouver House at 1480 Howe Street, Vancouver, taken on June 25, 2018. (Kenneth Chan / Daily Hive)

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Construction progress of Vancouver House at 1480 Howe Street, Vancouver, taken on June 25, 2018. (Kenneth Chan / Daily Hive)

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Construction progress of Vancouver House at 1480 Howe Street, Vancouver, taken on June 25, 2018. (Kenneth Chan / Daily Hive)

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Construction progress of Vancouver House at 1480 Howe Street, Vancouver, taken on June 25, 2018. (Kenneth Chan / Daily Hive)

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Construction progress of Vancouver House at 1480 Howe Street, Vancouver, taken on June 25, 2018. (Kenneth Chan / Daily Hive)

Vancouver House 1480 Howe Street

Construction progress of Vancouver House at 1480 Howe Street, Vancouver, taken on June 25, 2018. (Kenneth Chan / Daily Hive)

Vancouver House 1480 Howe Street

Construction progress of Vancouver House at 1480 Howe Street, Vancouver, taken on June 25, 2018. (Kenneth Chan / Daily Hive)

Vancouver House 1480 Howe Street

Construction progress of Vancouver House at 1480 Howe Street, Vancouver, taken on June 25, 2018. (Kenneth Chan / Daily Hive)

Vancouver House 1480 Howe Street

Construction progress of Vancouver House at 1480 Howe Street, Vancouver, taken on June 25, 2018. (Kenneth Chan / Daily Hive)

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Kenneth Chan
National Features Editor at Daily Hive, the evolution of Vancity Buzz. He covers local architecture, urban issues, politics, business, retail, economic development, transportation and infrastructure, and the travel industry. Kenneth is also a Co-Founder of New Year's Eve Vancouver. Connect with him at kenneth[at]dailyhive.com

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