Located on the Pacific coast, on the border with the USA, the major Canadian port has embarked on an ambitious environmental policy. It is no wonder it fell for this latest generation residential tower, which reconciles design, well-being, the environment, and social issues.
Canadian promoter Brivia Group chose Vancouver as the location for The Curv. With its extremely stylised shape of a bud – the symbol of renewal and hope – the 178m tower dominates the city centre. It does not need conventional heating or airconditioning systems, making it the tallest passive residential building in the world.
“Such a high passive residential tower is particularly appropriate in a city like Vancouver. The Curv will be the most efficient structure of its type ever built”, said Kheng Ly, President and CEO of Brivia Group. A world-first which is also the first project carried out in North America by British architect Tom Wright, who had already distinguished himself with his remarkable Burj Al Arab hotel, in the shape of a sailboat, in Dubai.
The building uses its own energy to improve insulation, reduce sound transmission and ultra-filter the air. In short: hello, clean air and peace of mind; bye, bye stuffy air and noise pollution.
A little touch of luxury…
Its 60 floors and 501 flats have been designed from A to Z for the well-being and comfort of their inhabitants. The rooftop patio will offer panoramic views of the city and house a children’s playground, a jacuzzi, a lounge and a dining area with a barbecue…
A response to ESG criteria and investors’ demands
However, this does not mean that the benefits of the building will be reserved for the happy few: Brivia has reserved 102 of the 501 housing units for the city to use as social housing. The other 49 will be put on the rental market, and the remaining 350 will be sold as condominiums. “We don’t forget that the ‘S’ in ESG stands for social, ” says Brivia.
The tower combines respect for ecological commitments and architectural audacity. It represents a change in design and is already certain to become an emblematic building and an environmental landmark in the city’s skyline.