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A unifying transparent “veil” wraps over the Oakridge residential tower

Oakridge Park

PrizeHonorable Mention in Architectural Design / Residential Architecture - Multi Unit
Firm LocationVancouver, Canada
Project locationVancouver, Canada
CompanyHenriquez Partners Architects
Lead ArchitectGregory Henriquez
Design TeamAdamson Associates Architects, Diamond Schmitt Architects, Revery Architecture, PFS Studio
ClientWestbank Corp & QuadReal

Oakridge Park is a 28-acre, 5 million ft2 cultural and civic hub featuring over 3,000 homes including 420 affordable units; workspace supporting 5,300+ jobs; and civic amenities like a community centre, library, daycare and a 9-acre public park. Reintroducing greenspace displaced by a pre-existing mall, the park is a focus of the design, layered over new retail in an undulating landscape. A vocabulary of ‘skin and skeleton’ builds on this with residential towers emerging from the draped park adorned with ‘skins’ and tower slabs, the ‘bones’, revealed along edges where skins are retracted.