Completed last year, 320 Granville is defined by its curving glass curtain wall, which is “inspired by the physics of water, a nod to its location along the Victoria Harbor,” writes The Architect’s Newspaper. Delving further into the design, AN highlights KPF’s use of insulated metal for the horizontal bands of the wall, defining the levels of the tower. Floor-to-ceiling glazing and an offset core amplify north-facing views of the harbor and mountains. Notably, only one of the cladding elements is actually curved. Instead, the team achieved the wavy appearance through precisely segmented glass and metal panels to “reflect and animate the building’s surroundings from different viewing angles and really bring more life to the glass tower,” Jinsuk shared.
To establish continuity with the residential towers that surround 320 Granville, Jinsuk explained that the team kept slender metal panels along the slab edge as a nod to the window wall systems of nearby buildings. The project is well integrated into the neighborhood with proximity to the city’s Waterfront public transportation station and dedicated bike storage.
Read the full article from The Architect’s Newspaper here.