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Mapping Downtown Vancouver's Ultimate Starchitecture

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Amidst the city of glass, here's five projects that are currently built or soon to be built that are designed by some of the world's most elite architects. From the recently approved Vancouver House designed by Danish "it" boy Bjarke Ingels to the Woodwards Tower designed by local starchitect Gregory Henriquez, these designs are the game changers in a city where architecture sometimes get a bad rep.

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1. Vancouver House

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Howe Street & Beach Avenue, Vancouver
BC V6Z, Canada

How could we create a starchitecture map and not include the recently approved Bjarke Ingels twisting tower, now formally known as Vancouver House? The tower, developed by Westbank, will be situated in a current deadzone of beachfront property at Howe & Davie. The twisting, top heavy design is one of the most unique and compelling buildings that will soon grace the Vancouver skyline with its presence.

2. Vancouver Public Library

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350 West Georgia St., Vancouver
BC V6B 6B3, Canada
(604) 331-3603

Vancouver's main branch public library has become quite the tourist attraction and it's not because people want to scope out books while on vacation. Designed by Israeli/Canadian architect Moshe Safdie and DA Architects, it's no wonder local bus tours make sure to make a pit stop to admire its beauty. The building drew initial criticism from some who claimed it was simply a replication of Rome's Colosseum. Completed in 2005, the Vancouver Public Library remains one of the most treasured downtown buildings to date.

3. Woodward's Building

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128 W Cordova St, Vancouver
BC V6B 0E6, Canada

Described as by the famous local starchitect, Gregory Henriquez, as "Tokyo meets London in Vancouver" the Woodwards Tower has quickly become the pulse of Gastown. The site's rich history carved the path for the sizeable, irregular shaped residential building that features public space weaving throughout the centre, a unique red facade and even a 'W' shaped hot tub on the roof top.

4. The Residences At Hotel Georgia

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667 Howe Street, Vancouver
BC V6C, Canada

Designed by IBI, the Residences at Hotel Georgia has become the ultimate luxury address with the new construction of a 50-storey residential and commercial tower. The irregular lines at the peak of the tower are a modest yet daring design among the mundane office towers.

5. The Exchange

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475 Howe Street, Vancouver
BC V6C 2B3, Canada

Designed by Swiss architect Harry Gugger, the Exchange is a $200-million office tower combined with the historic 11-storey Old Stock Exchange.

1. Vancouver House

Howe Street & Beach Avenue, Vancouver, BC V6Z, Canada

How could we create a starchitecture map and not include the recently approved Bjarke Ingels twisting tower, now formally known as Vancouver House? The tower, developed by Westbank, will be situated in a current deadzone of beachfront property at Howe & Davie. The twisting, top heavy design is one of the most unique and compelling buildings that will soon grace the Vancouver skyline with its presence.

Howe Street & Beach Avenue, Vancouver
BC V6Z, Canada

2. Vancouver Public Library

350 West Georgia St., Vancouver, BC V6B 6B3, Canada

Vancouver's main branch public library has become quite the tourist attraction and it's not because people want to scope out books while on vacation. Designed by Israeli/Canadian architect Moshe Safdie and DA Architects, it's no wonder local bus tours make sure to make a pit stop to admire its beauty. The building drew initial criticism from some who claimed it was simply a replication of Rome's Colosseum. Completed in 2005, the Vancouver Public Library remains one of the most treasured downtown buildings to date.

350 West Georgia St., Vancouver
BC V6B 6B3, Canada

3. Woodward's Building

128 W Cordova St, Vancouver, BC V6B 0E6, Canada

Described as by the famous local starchitect, Gregory Henriquez, as "Tokyo meets London in Vancouver" the Woodwards Tower has quickly become the pulse of Gastown. The site's rich history carved the path for the sizeable, irregular shaped residential building that features public space weaving throughout the centre, a unique red facade and even a 'W' shaped hot tub on the roof top.

128 W Cordova St, Vancouver
BC V6B 0E6, Canada

4. The Residences At Hotel Georgia

667 Howe Street, Vancouver, BC V6C, Canada

Designed by IBI, the Residences at Hotel Georgia has become the ultimate luxury address with the new construction of a 50-storey residential and commercial tower. The irregular lines at the peak of the tower are a modest yet daring design among the mundane office towers.

667 Howe Street, Vancouver
BC V6C, Canada

5. The Exchange

475 Howe Street, Vancouver, BC V6C 2B3, Canada

Designed by Swiss architect Harry Gugger, the Exchange is a $200-million office tower combined with the historic 11-storey Old Stock Exchange.

475 Howe Street, Vancouver
BC V6C 2B3, Canada