Büro Ole Scheeren towers coming to Thurlow & Barclay in Vancouver

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Vancouver Büro Ole Scheeren at night
Rendering of the proposal for 1070 Barclay at Thurlow, designed by Büro Ole Scheeren for Bosa Properties.

Two residential towers designed by German architect Büro Ole Scheeren are proposed for Barclay and Thurlow in downtown Vancouver.

Developer Bosa Properties is partnering with Kingswood Properties to develop the project, which will be made up of one 49-storey tower, and a second 48-storey tower.

The site is currently occupied by four low-rise apartment buildings with a total of 173 units, and is adjacent to the Patina tower.

490 market condo units are proposed for the development, 25 per cent of which will be two bedrooms, and 10 per cent of which will be three bedrooms. There will be 748 parking stalls.

Unit sizes range from studios, all the way up to three bedrooms.

Judging by floor plans presented at the open house, market unit sizes in the towers are roughly as follows:

  • studios 359 sq ft.
  • one bedroom 611 sq ft.
  • two bedroom 854 sq ft.
  • three bedroom 1262 sq ft.

1070 Barclay open house renderings

1070 Barclay Büro Ole Scheeren Vancouver
Rendering of the proposal for 1070 Barclay at Thurlow, designed by Büro Ole Scheeren for Bosa Properties.

1070 Barclay Büro Ole Scheeren Vancouver evening

1070 Barclay Büro Ole Scheeren podium
Rendering of the proposal for 1070 Barclay at Thurlow, designed by Büro Ole Scheeren for Bosa Properties. This rendering shows the amenity space and social housing units, which are primarily located in the podium and lower levels of the two towers.

There will also be 190 social housing units to replace existing market rental units that will be lost as a result of the development. A minimum of 50 per cent of the social housing units will be two bedrooms or larger and suitable for families, and 20 per cent will be three bedrooms or larger. A minimum of 25 per cent of the social housing units will be owned by the city.

The architectural design of the project is said to reflect the surrounding blocks and scale, by assembling those smaller elements into two sculptural towers.

The local architecture firm on the project is Francl Architecture. No formal rezoning application has been filed with city yet, but the building heights are allowed under the West End Plan.

This is Büro Ole Scheeren’s second design for a downtown Vancouver development; his design for a “Jenga tower” at 1500 West Georgia Street, also for Bosa Properties, is awaiting city approval.