Büro Ole Scheeren towers coming to Thurlow & Barclay in Vancouver

1040-1080 Barclay Street, looking south. The Butterfly and an unnamed tower at Nelson and Thurlow are shown in the background. Credit: City of Vancouver/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, made up of a 49-storey tower, and a 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.

481 market condo units are proposed for the development, as well as 162 social housing units. There will be 626 parking stalls over eight levels of underground parking.

Unit sizes range from studios, all the way up to three bedrooms. A commercial retail unit will be located along Thurlow Street.

Amenities include a fitness centre, yoga room and landscaped terraces.

1040-1080 Barclay by Büro Ole Scheeren

1040-1080 Barclay Street. Credit: City of Vancouver/Bosa Properties
1040-1080 Barclay Street. Credit: City of Vancouver/Bosa Properties
1040-1080 Barclay Street courtyard. Credit: City of Vancouver/Bosa Properties

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.

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.

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.

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