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Waterfront 'Origami' Tower Rejected By Vancouver Design Panel

01/29/2015 10:48 EST | Updated 03/31/2015 05:59 EDT
Cadillac Fairview
VANCOUVER - The City of Vancouver's design panel has rejected a controversial waterfront development dubbed the "origami tower."

The 26-storey, multi-sided glass tower would have been placed on Cordova Street next door to the heritage Waterfront Station.

Cadillac Fairview had proposed the development, which was designed by renowned architects including Chicago-based Adrian Smith and Gordon Gill Architecture.

Some Vancouver experts had spoken out against the tower, with local architect and developer Michael Geller calling it an "amorphous geometric blob."

He says the location of the proposed building — nestled between two heritage buildings including the 100-year-old station — was of particular concern.

The panel rejected the so-called Waterfront Tower at a meeting yesterday, forcing the architects to redesign the building before returning.

(News1130, The Canadian Press)

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