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West Pender Place

Photo courtesy of Bob Matheson 2011

IBI Group provided architectural services for the design of West Pender Place, bringing true modernist architecture to Coal Harbour.

Reliance Holdings
Vancouver, BC
Silver LEED
36 Storeys
144 Units
2011 Completed

IBI Group was retained as prime consultant for this mixed-use development on one of the last remaining sites in Coal Harbour, creating a contemporary landmark in Vancouver’s most prestigious waterfront neighbourhood. Cantilevering at 22 ft. out from base to tip at the end of each site, its prism-like glass form adds to the collection of notable buildings in Coal Harbour.

Floor to ceiling windows and curtain wall construction give the appearance it was carved from a solid block of glass, creating dramatic, faceted towers that have become a striking addition to the city skyline. Balconies and projections were minimized in design to emphasize the building’s unique shape, which was derived from a simple geometric form shifted slightly at each level of the towers. This ‘pure’ design concept is strengthened through the contrasting, random, and playful detailing in the skin.

At night, passersby get to enjoy a public art light wall installation, with LED lights creating a subtle shifting colour wash, illuminating the building’s south elevation. The 36-storey programmable installation transforms a slender vertical ribbon of architectural concrete into a dynamic work of art.

West Pender Place is an architectural triumph punctuating its world-renowned surroundings. An example of contemporary modernism, it brings a whole new look to the upscale neighbourhood, enhancing Coal Harbour’s reputation as a high-rise haven with picturesque views.

Photo courtesy of Bob Matheson 2011

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Martin Bruckner

Director – Sr. Practice Lead, Architecture
Vancouver, BC

Vancouver, BC

Martin Bruckner is a well-known Certified Professional in Vancouver and a recognized expert in the building code. For over 35 years, Martin has led award-winning residential, hotel, and mixed use projects in Vancouver, Calgary, Portland and San Diego. His portfolio features a wide range of architectural services from master planning to renovations, public consultation, and visioning processes. Martin is particularly skilled in handling municipal approvals, producing construction documents, managing consultant activity, and orchestrating the complex elements required to complete a project from beginning to end.

Jeff Christianson

Director | Sr. Practice Lead, Architecture
Vancouver, BC

Vancouver, BC

Jeff Christianson is a Project Manager with more than 25 years of experience in the design and construction administration of multi-family residential, hotel, and mixed-use projects in Vancouver. He has been involved in all aspects of project development with emphasis on design development through project completion. With over 20 towers completed, he is an experienced project leader with expertise in design, design development, working drawings, and construction administration. Recent projects include several high-rise developments for Concord Pacific Place.