A daring conceptual design from Beijing-based architect Büro Ole Scheeren redefines high-rise architecture and offers a striking approach to urban living. 

Seeking to provide dimension to a vertically dominated skyline in Vancouver, British Columbia, the mixed-use tower, named 1500 West Georgia, occupies not only the vertical space above its footprint but several interspersed horizontal bands of air, as well. 

The building, Ole Scheeren’s first project in North America, is constructed with residential modules of varying lengths that protrude from the slender skyscraper into the skyline, breaking free from the confines of a traditional tower. The projecting units are intended to use their surrounding context for horizontal living that engages the space of the city. Meanwhile, the tower's comparatively small footprint opens up space on the ground for a public plaza featuring both civic and residential amenities. The design of the tower mirrors the plaza's existing water cascade as well as the surrounding waterfront views.  

The skyscraper will have two ground levels of retail and public space and 48 residential floors containing 235 units. It will be built to LEED Platinum standards, and renewable energy sources such as photovoltaic panels and solar thermal technologies installed at the top of the structure will provide enough energy to power the plaza's amenities. 

The project will be developed by Vancouver-based Bosa Properties

Raef Grohne Architectural Photog