Glass-box landmark for Vancouver

by Ofentse Sefolo
Glass-box landmark for Vancouver

Currently under construction and earmarked for completion during 2021, Deloitte Summit Office Tower in downtown Vancouver will become this coastal city’s latest landmark thanks to its unusual shape, which was inspired by a Japanese lantern.

Designed by the architectural firm Merrick Architecture and Tokyo-based OSO, Deloitte Summit Tower’s Japanese lantern form was conceived as a collection of reflective, yet transparent stacked boxes. The 24-storey high office tower features glass floors with city skyline views, sheltered rooftop terraces and vertical gardens framing breath-taking mountain views.

Valued partnerships
Covering the glass boxes of this unique architectural project, is a collection of 2 000 custom-motorised shades enabling control over the building’s glass spaces and environment.

Canada’s leader in window covering, Altex, in collaboration with Wesport Manufacturing, was tasked with the design and manufacturing of the largest motorised-window-covering project in North America. The motors powering the Altex shades come from the French giant Somfy, the world’s largest motor manufacturer in this field.

Architectural achievement
Comprised of several four-storey, high-glass cubes, offset and arranged around a central concrete core, the building will include living green walls and glass floors enabling different views of Vancouver and its surrounding beauty. A view of the streets below will also be possible through the framed design of the vertical and horizontal windows.

Major challenge
Ensuring unparalleled control over the light and environment in each of the building’s spaces, Altex had to call on all its expertise in window covering to enable it to overcome the biggest challenge of the project with the installation of each of several large, motorised shades. Altex’s motorised shades enable absolute control over the building’s many glass spaces, designed to both reflect nature and pay homage to its environment.

Family owned and based in Terrebonne, Altex is a leader in window covering in the residential, commercial and architectural sectors. Altex is currently selling its products throughout North America and working in partnership with firms from around the world to offer the best possible quality in terms of fabrics and systems, many of which are patented and exclusive.

Acquiring SunProject in Toronto a few years back allowed Altex to diversify its expertise by integrating a strong architectural component, in addition to allowing it to increase its market share outside Quebec and adding to an already impressive portfolio of architectural projects which includes amongst others, the Olympic Stadium Tower, the Complexe des Sciences d’Outremont and Maison Radio-Canada.

Collaborative effort
Altex, in collaboration with Wesport Manufacturing, was able to draw on Wesport’s more than 60 years of experience in the supply and service of high-quality products to customers in the hospitality, healthcare, design and construction industries throughout North America. Wesport’s outstanding service offering includes expert design advice and dedicated project management, backed by extensive experience in on-site measurement and installation services.

Striking tower
Featuring the largest rooftop amenity in Vancouver, Deloitte Summit Tower will create a new open and flexible work environment that elicits collaboration and creativity with boxes creating natural compartments within a continuous floorplan. The floors and ceilings of the cantilevering portions are glazed to visually link the garden, offices and the street below. Once completed, the resulting diversity of spaces will be complemented by the diversity of views.

Acknowledgement and thanks go to https://www.v2com-newswire.com/ for the information contained in the editorial.

For more information, visit http://deloittesummit.ca/, https://www.altexdesign.com/ or https://west-port.com/.

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