▼视频，video ©Provoke Studios & ACDF Architecture
ACDF Architecture, a progressive Canadian firm internationally recognized for designing a new generation of meaningful and impactful buildings, is proud to unveil The Pacific, a residential tower rising proudly, but quietly, into Vancouver’s skyline.
▼建筑外观，external view of the building ©Adrien Williams
The Pacific大楼体现了ACDF逐渐发展的让高层建筑植根于公共领域的设计理念。公司在西海岸的都市中建造了许多成功项目，包括PARQ和正在进行中的Barclay项目，其中The Pacific大楼代表了设计师对于摩天楼开发中的人体尺度的创造性思考，以及建筑对邻里和行人的贡献。
The Pacific reflects ACDF’s evolving approach to developing high-rise buildings entrenched in the public realm. With a succession of projects in the west coast metropolis, including PARQ, and the on-going Barclay project, The Pacific represents a progression of the firm’s innovative rethinking of the human-scale role of skyscraper development and its contribution to neighbours and pedestrians.
▼建筑与城市，building and the city ©Provoke Studios
“Grosvenor is very respectful and refined in its embrace of quality, but also in its deep consideration of the impacts that its developments have on surrounding streets and neighbourhoods,” explains Maxime-Alexis Frappier, partner and co-founder of ACDF. “We wanted to propose a different approach in the form of an urban gesture that contributes something much more than just a building.”
Located at the corner of Hornby and Pacific streets, in a cityscape framed by the Granville Street and Burrard Street bridges, The Pacific features 224 condominiums across 39 floors. The building was developed in collaboration with IBI Group, a Canadian architectural consulting firm, for Grosvenor, a private real estate group with holdings in many urban centres throughout the world.
view to the tower from the street ©Adrien Williams
“A philosophical alignment with the client provided us with the freedom to express our belief that sometimes quiet and humble architecture can be even more elegant and relevant,” says Frappier. “Our role was not to create noise, but rather to provide our building with a quiet, but recognizable identity.”
As one of several new additions to the Vancouver skyline, The Pacific has earned its place alongside cutting-edge buildings designed by some of the world’s most renowned architects. Rather than competing within Vancouver’s already dense and varied landscape of tall buildings, ACDF adopted a more complementary approach, prioritizing clean, subtle, and human scale elements to provide a wealth of urban experiences among the more dramatic architectural gestures of neighbouring buildings.
distanced view, the clean facade contrasts with the surrounding high-rise buildings ©Adrien Williams
That approach began with numerous elemental considerations, including a strong focus on creating a dialogue at street level with the neighbourhood and its pedestrians. They focused the development of shape and form on simple massing that would capture attention through its textures, the quality of its assembly, and the transposition of its details. The firm envisioned a structure whose materiality would emit its own unique character, while blending into the built, environmental, and social fabric of its surroundings.
textures and details on the facade attracting the focus of the pedestrians ©Adrien Williams
In a return to design principles inspired by art, photography, and fashion, ACDF’s powerful integration of contrasts paints and frames The Pacific as a visual landmark devoid of sculptural drama. Vertically, the structure’s slick north and south facades, layered with glass and black granite, contrast with its more pictural east and west facades, with the latter featuring protruding triangular balconies in a woven pattern.
▼光滑的南北立面和富有编织感的东西立面，slick north and south facades contrast with the woven east and west facades ©Provoke Studios
Taking a sensitive approach and putting people at the heart of all its design decisions, ACDF Architecture made an exhaustive study of all components of the project that could have an impact on the immediate area, its residents, and passers-by: general volumetry, materials (tonality, reflectivity, durability, etc.), shadows, winds, and the obstruction of existing views. Accordingly, the east façade of the tower, for instance, was designed in consideration of its west-facing neighbours, while the omission of balconies on the building’s north side was purposeful in order to prevent direct views between neighbours. In giving careful consideration to each façade of The Pacific, the architects quickly realized that the pedestrian view at street level alone formed a new perspective, or a ‘fifth façade’.
▼周边建筑反射在立面上，surrounding buildings reflected on the facade ©Provoke Studios
▼立面近景，closer view to the facade ©Provoke Studios
The ‘fifth façade’
At its base, ACDF committed to ensuring that The Pacific was grounded to the site’s location, its history, and the vibe of the street, not just in terms of materials, but also in terms of how the building would be viewed from the ground up.
▼从人行道看向建筑，view to the building from the pedestrian ©Adrien Williams
“While the allure of traditional skyscrapers often fades with closer proximity, we created a ‘fifth façade’ for The Pacific in the form of vertical views provided through strategically positioned design elements,” explains Frappier. “You can look up from the street level and discover a new skyscraper language in the form of new relationships between pedestrians and the building.”
From its street-level base, vertical views are enriched by balcony textures, including three tones of grey on their undersides, inspired by cloud formations and creating a sense of movement within their patterns. The triangular balconies above also provide plays on reflection to the streets below. As the sun sets on the city, the building begins to glow, reflecting light downward from the white, marble-like porcelain finish of the balconies, as well as a pinkish hue that emanates from the stainless-steel framing. During those transitions of light, two facades begin to glow, while the other two sides fade to darkness.
grey colors in different tones painted on the undersides creating a pattern with a sense of movement ©Adrien Williams
An integration of art and heritage
Leading up to the entrance of the tower, ACDF designed a long, dramatic colonnade. Its oversized, angular columns are purposefully misaligned, providing Vancouver-based artist, Lyse Lemieux, with a blank canvas upon which to pay homage to the site and its history. She subsequently developed a mosaic composition of nine figures, each more than 20 feet in height. Each of the columns faces in a different direction and features a different personage, creating a sense of movement and delivering a strong contribution to the neighbourhood, the public realm, and the city. The columns also transition into the fully glazed lobby and remain the main actors that animate the space’s minimal, simple, and toned-down design, featuring black brick walls, in a grid pattern, and stainless-steel finishes.
▼入口立面，entrance facade ©Adrien Williams
▼不同朝向的立柱和人像，columns facing different directions featuring different figures ©Adrien Williams
closer view to the artworks, connecting the building and the city ©Adrien Williams
“From the beginning of the design process, we focused on developing a tower whose contribution would extend from the skyline right down to the micro level,” explains Frappier. “Our intention was to positively impact the animation of the area at street level by establishing meaningful connections between the building, pedestrians, and residents. Lyse Lemieux’s extraordinary artwork on the ground floor colonnade succeeds in capturing the essence of that intent.”
The tower also sits adjacent to a small, heritage house, which originally served as a private residence before being transformed multiple times. Known fondly by Vancouver residents as the “Yellow House”, ACDF took great strides to consider the heritage property in the lobby-level development of The Pacific. The two-storey lobby, and the tones of the building’s streetside columns, blend nicely with the adjacent property.
▼大厅，lobby ©Adrien Williams
▼接待区，reception ©Adrien Williams
Advancing the dialogue of 21st century urban development
The Pacific大楼是ACDF不断诠释天际线发展的副产物，衍生自多个世界级项目中的合作，包括PARQ和正在进行的Barclay大楼。Barclay大楼底层的景观、树木和座椅如公园一般设置，被称作“公园里的塔楼”，标志着ACDF以天际线促进城市肌理理念的成熟。这一想法在PARQ项目中小露头角，通过The Pacific大楼实现了大胆宣告。
Sophisticated and impeccably dressed, yet remarkably accessible to the rank and file, The Pacific solidifies the firm’s transition to a mindful approach that is more efficient, inclusive, and contributory.
The Pacific is a biproduct of ACDF’s evolving interpretations of skyline development, derived from multiple collaborations in world-class projects in Vancouver, including PARQ, The Pacific, and the on-going Barclay building. Conceived as a “tower in the park” for its ground-level landscaping, trees, and seating in a park-like setting, Barclay marks the maturation of ACDF’s vision of skyline contributions to the urban fabric, coyly introduced with the PARQ project, and then boldly asserted with The Pacific.
▼夜晚的建筑与城市，the tower and the city in the night ©Provoke Studios
▼夜景，night view ©Provoke Studios
▼总平面图，site plan ©ACDF Architecture
▼一层平面图，first floor plan ©ACDF Architecture
▼标准层平面图，typical floor plan ©ACDF Architecture
▼屋顶平面图，roof plan ©ACDF Architecture
▼剖面图，section ©ACDF Architecture
Architect: ACDF Architecture / IBI Group
Architectural Project Team: Maxime-Alexis Frappier, Joan Renaud, Martin Bruckner, Beth Deckert, Veronica Lalli, Honor Roan, Neil Melendez, Laurence Le Beux, Josiane Crampé, Martin Champagne.
General Contractor: Ledcor Group
Structural Engineer: DIALOG Structural
Mechanical, Electrical, Fire Suppression & LEED Engineers: INTEGRAL Group
Interior design: Square One
Landscape Architect: Durante Kreuk LTD
Heritage consultant: Robert Lemon Architect
Artists: Lyse Lemieux
Building Envelope: Morrison Hershfield
Civil: Aplin Martin
Geotechnical: Thurber Engineering
Environmental: Keystone Environmental
Photographers: Adrien Williams, Provoke studio (aerial views)