Mar 30, 2014

Vancouver’s Urban Forest

2290 Main Street, also known as the “Vertical Forest” has received quite a bit of press in recent months.

The building known as the Vertical Forest gets it’s nickname from the use of wood veneered glass panels that filter the light like trees in a forest.

“For the first time in a very long while, Vancouver may have a building that trumps the view, even as it embraces it.”
-Hadani Ditmars, The Globe and Mail

PFS Studio is working in collaboration with Arno Matis Architecture on this mixed use development in Vancouver’s Mount Pleasant neighbourhood.

The 2290 Main Street landscape inscribes itself harmoniously into the thriving Mount Pleasant Neighborhood by providing vibrant pedestrian friendly spaces along the Main Street corridor. The facade’s motif extends onto the sidewalk, creating generous subspaces and seating opportunities. A street tree row gives the space a comfortable scale. As the building’s floor planes change in scale, a mix of green roofs and shared and private patios occupy the intermediary levels and offer dramatic views of the city and False Creek. The large roof deck features an outdoor kitchen, entertaining space, a children’s play zone, urban garden plots and planted zones and a panoramic views towards the city.

Read about AMA’s design in the Globe and Mail, in the Huffington Post, and in Vancouver is Awesome.