Location: Vancouver, BC
The conceptual master plan for the Silvertree Site is located on the Southern edge of Vancouver on the Fraser River and is situated in a unique location which is highly visible from both sides of the Oak Street Bridge as well as the Canada Line Skytrain Bridge. Given the sites prominence, the development has literally been envisioned as the gateway to Vancouver. The underlying goal of the project is to create a sustainable development that enriches and revitalizes the current industrial working nature of the river and ultimately “Redefine the Water’s Edge” A series of land-use and spatial program diagrams were implemented to effectively separate, analyze and formalize a comprehensive strategy for the development.
The resulting design provided an east/west arrangement of buildings interconnected with high level bridges which also provided a continuous green roof-scape which is one of the dominant features of the project. In addition to the green roof, the objective was for the entire site footprint to be dedicated to green space. To achieve this mandate, the primary program spaces were elevated above a permeable base course which integrated a combination of partially depressed open air surface parking with a retail concourse. The overall arrangement of buildings was concentrated around a grid of light filled open air courtyards which provide natural daylight to offices, retail spaces as well as the parking levels below. [text from B+H website]