[Arno Matis Architecture - Wind-Shaped Tower - COVER IMG] Wind-shaped tower. Photo by Ema Peter

Wind-Shaped Tower

PrizeHonorable Mention in Architectural Design / Residential Architecture - Multi Unit
Firm LocationVancouver, Canada
Project location15241 Thrift Avenue, White Rock BC, Canada
CompanyArno Matis Architecture
Lead ArchitectArno Matis, Architect AIBC
Design TeamProject Architect - Simon Williams; Sr. Architect - Alasdair Hamilton; Architect - Yan Luo
ClientMarcon Developments Ltd.

Located on the crest of a dramatic seaside hilltop in White Rock, Canada, this site experiences significant winds throughout the year. WIND-SHAPED TOWER minimizes effects on wind patterns through architectural form. The bent, slab-block massing undulates to respond to seasonal wind distribution, featuring a prow-like stern that faces into the frequent southwestern wind. This acute windward angle aids in the reduction of wind downwash and acceleration. A protected cove in the building’s inner-boomerang provides a residential courtyard garden sheltered from prevailing sea winds.