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Office tower planned for downtown Vancouver inspired by Japanese lamp

A new highrise planned for 400 West Georgia Street features offset cubes sprouting from a central stem and cascading gardens running the full height of the structure.

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The design of the building planned for the corner of West Georgia and Homer is inspired by a lamp designed by 20th century Japanese artist Isamu Noguchi. (Merrick Architecture/Westbank)

With a design inspired by a Japanese lamp, a new highrise planned for 400 West Georgia Street could become a bright spot on Vancouver's often maligned architectural design scene.

A street exterior of the proposed building. (Merrick Architecture/Westbank)

According to Westbank Development president Ian Gillespie, the 24 storey building has the potential to "reinforce the monumental significance of the street with a project that will form a landmark at the eastern gateway into downtown."

The steel, glass and concrete office tower is designed by Merrick Architecture and features offset cubes sprouting from a central stem.

Exterior cascading gardens and living moss walls run the full height of the structure.

"We don't think our ambitions should stop at a creative design, but rather we should maintain a high degree of artistry throughout the entire process," wrote Gillespie in the rezoning application made to the City of Vancouver.

Glass floors planned for the 400 West Georgia interior (Merrick Architecture/Westbank)

The development is slated at the location of a current Budget Car Rental office, across from the main branch of the Vancouver Public Library. 

Gillespie says that with nearby projects like the library, the new Vancouver Art Gallery and the redevelopment of the historic Canada Post building a  "vision of Georgia as the city's ceremonial avenue is coming together."

Aerial view of 400 West Georgia, currently the home of a Budget Car Rental office. (Merrick Architecture/Westbank)