Architect Kengo Kuma just unveiled plans for his first large-scale residential tower in North America. Alberni by Kuma is a 43-story, gently curved tower with a gorgeous moss garden surrounding its base. Wrapped in a layer of anodized aluminum and glass, the tower reflects the neighboring buildings and the sky, and features various wood elements - a signature of Kuma's architecture.
The tower will be located near the entrance to Vancouver’s famed Stanley Park, amongst downtown’s vibrant streets. With a curved silhouette, the tower’s two carved semi-inclusions will create the appearance of spatial balance. The tower’s 181 residential units will be primarily located in the semi-inclusions and boast substantially sized patio spaces designed as open gardens to create personal urban spaces. The mixed-use development also includes a retail space and restaurant.
“In Japanese space, boundaries are considered mutable and transient. This is always an important part of my work,” said Kuma. “In this project, the minimal glazing details and the layered landscaping blurs conventional boundaries to enhance the sense of continuity. The design celebrates the presence of nature in Vancouver.”