Buro Happold takes on Vancouver’s top-heavy tower

Buro Happold’s New York office is providing structural engineering services for a distinctive, 49-storey, mixed-use development in Vancouver, Canada.

Designed by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) and Vancouver-based engineering firm DIALOG, the Beach and Howe Tower recently received a 2012 World Architecture News Award.

The building will be a 600-unit residential tower atop a nine-storey podium providing 60,600 sq m of residential, retail and commercial space.

Its top heavy massing maximises square footage on a small, 557 sq m city plot.

Buro Happold says its design strategy will addresses both the complex geometry of the structure and seismic concerns.

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