BIG's Beach & Howe Tower Proposal

Beach and Howe Tower at Night

A few weeks ago we got our hands on a leaked rendering of Vancouver’s most daring architectural proposal by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) architects. There is now more known about the project, thanks to Jlousa at for sending this out, as an application to rezone the site has been received by the city of Vancouver.

The proposal is for a mixed-use development. On the Howe Street side, there will be a 49-storey residential tower with a 9-storey podium which includes market rental housing, commercial uses, and a childcare facility. The building height is at 150 metres and will be the tallest building on the southern end of downtown and the 4th tallest building in the city, unless the Ritz Carlton site gets developed before this, in which case it would be the 5th tallest.

On the Granville Street and Pacific Street side, is a 6-storey building providing retail (including a grocery store, drugstore and liquor store) and office space.

The project area is 653,046 sq. ft.
– 424,800.9 sq. ft. strata residential
– 68,245.4 sq. ft. rental residential
– 67,814.9 sq. ft. retail
– 63,885.9 sq. ft. office space, and
– 6,996.8 sq. ft. childcare

The building will contain a total of 600 residential units including 180 market rental units, 713 parking spaces, 8 loading bays and 270 bike spaces.

Here are some renderings of the proposal:


Here is how the building will utilize the area underneath Granville Street Bridge:

Here is the Beach and Howe tower in context to other tall buildings in the city and the south side of the city:

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