Kohn Pedersen Fox’s mountainous Vancouver tower to include own waterfall

A tower designed by US architect Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) for Vancouver would simulate neighbouring mountains, and come with its own waterfall.

The 100m-high 1698 West Georgia Street scheme, presently awaiting planning approval, would have 125 apartments in a building "inspired by the rugged rock formations and lush greenery of the North Shore Mountains".

The waterfall would be located on a little annex at the base of the building and would run over two of its 33 storeys. Terraces in the façade would provide space for plants and trees.

KPF says these features are intended to fit in with Vancouver’s goal to be the greenest city in the world.

"Excess rainwater is diverted to an onsite tank and released into the municipal storm system at a controlled rate while the interior finishes minimize volatile organic compounds and added urea formaldehyde to maximize indoor environment quality," the company said.

The city’s Development Permit Board is due to announce its decision on the project in October.

Image: KPF’s rendering of the project, with the waterfall running down a cube at its base

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