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Heatherwick Studio updates vision for 1700 Alberni towers in Vancouver



British designer Thomas Heatherwick's studio has updated its design for a pair of residential skyscrapers in Vancouver, Canada, which will feature curved green balconies and a terraced podium.
Named 1700 Alberni, the project was first revealed by Heatherwick Studio in 2021 with an initial design composed of two irregularly-shaped towers that bottleneck at their base.
Heatherwick Studio has updated its design for 1700 Alberni in Vancouver
The updated proposal, which was carried out for developers Kingswood Properties and Bosa Properties, simplifies both of the towers' forms while enlarging their balconies.
According to the Heatherwick Studio, the redesign better connects the towers to the surrounding landscape and accommodates changes in what people "want from new homes". The pair of towers will now be linked by curved green balconies
"We've thought long and hard about how the new design should adapt to what we're hearing not just in Vancouver, but all over the world about what people increasingly expect of their towns and cities," the studio's founder Heatherwick explained.
"This is reflected in what they want from new homes," he said.
They will also feature potted plants
"People want bigger and more useable outdoor spaces that create extended living areas, allowing them to take their work or recreational time outside," continued Heatherwick.
"We saw a real need to better connect the towers with the surrounding nature."
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