The Jameson House is Vancouver’s iconic residential tower in the heart of downtown (838 West Hastings Street). Jameson House is a stunning example of vibrant living designed by the architectural firm of Foster and Partners. This is their first North American residential tower project, and it is meant to redefine luxury and style in residential tower construction, is now 100% sold out.
“A restoration and enhancement of the heritage Ceperley Rounsfell building was incorporated into the new Jameson House high-rise. Completed in 2011, this new 37-storey, mixed-use tower incorporates commercial, retail and residential spaces. The project breaks down the boundaries between living and working while balancing energy consumption between its mix of day- and night-time uses. A showcase for sustainable urban densification, the tower features a fully-computerized, automated parking system.” – Francl Architecture
The scheme continues the practice’s investigation into contemporary interventions within historic structures, explored previously in a high-rise context with the Hearst Tower in New York. The project is also an example of a building that combines living and working in one location, encouraging social activity and balancing energy consumption between its mix of daytime and night-time uses.
The building Jameson House is a new 35-story tower mixed-use development, located in the heart of Vancouver and includes the first residential development complete with practice in North America. Combining the restoration of heritage buildings with new construction, its main objective was to integrate the lower level offices and shops with the existing urban landscape to revitalize downtown neighborhoods. Doing this allows departments on these, can enjoy spectacular views of the bay and create a new landmark on the horizon.
Merging the old and new, the site connects the city’s financial center, with its burgeoning creative center, and the scheme includes two structures of Fine Arts 1920: all the double-height interior volume of Building A has Rounsfell Ceperley been returned to its original configuration and façade of Building B of the Royal Financial has been retained.
The development consists of eleven floors of offices, topped by 23 floors of apartments. The shape of the tower articulates these different functions: the first two floors continue the row of shops units in the street level, while the upper floor office is aligned with the cornice line of the adjacent building. In contrast to the smooth facade of offices, residential apartments are curved outwards in four sections of the width, which are staggered to allow daylight between neighboring buildings and aim to provide panoramic views of the landscape .
The flexible plan of the tower supports a variety of departments, with interiors designed by Foster + Partners and living spaces in the deep curve of the bay window. At the top of the tower are two departments ” penthouse “roof gardens and terraces.
The design was developed in response to local climate, seasonal sun paths, prevailing winds, humidity levels, air temperature and precipitation rates specific to Vancouver. The engineering group Foster + Partners – formerly PHA Consult – has been involved in the project from the beginning in a fully integrated approach to environmental engineering and architectural design. This has led to innovations such as cold floors and a system of valet parking machining which reduces the number of parking levels and the associated excavation, lighting and ventilation requirements.
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Rising above two retained Art-Deco buildings, Jameson House is located in the heart of Vancouver’s heritage district. The scheme continues the practice’s investigation into contemporary interventions within historic structures, explored previously in a high-rise context with the Hearst Tower in New York. The project is also significant in combining living, working and shopping in one location, encouraging sustainable patterns of urban living and balancing energy consumption with its mix of daytime and night-time uses.
The project involves the restoration of the A-listed Ceperley Rounsfell Building of 1921- returning the entire internal double-height volume to its original configuration – and the retention of the facade of the B-listed Royal Financial Building, which dates from1929. The new tower comprises eight storeys of offices above shops and twenty-six storeys of apartments. The tower’s form articulates the different functions that the scheme brings together.
The first two storeys continue the row of shop units at street level, while the uppermost office floor aligns with the cornice line of the adjacent building. In contrast to the smooth facade of the offices, the apartment floors curve outwards in four wide bays, which are stepped vertically to provide shade and uninterrupted mountain views. The plan supports a variety of apartment types and spatial arrangements, with the living spaces focused on the deep curve of the window bays. All the apartment interiors have been designed by the practice, with variations of Foster kitchen and bathroom fittings. At the top of the tower, penthouse apartments are arranged over two storeys and feature landscaped roof terraces.
Developed in response to the local climate, the environmental concept was guided by seasonal sun paths, prevailing winds, humidity levels, air temperatures and precipitation rates specific to Vancouver. Directional wind profiles and solar exposure were used to help determine the facade design and external form to achieve lower thermal loads and opportunities for open balconies and natural ventilation. Jameson House is also a green building in a more literal sense. The top of the tower, the balconies, and the roof terrace at level four provide garden spaces, introducing planting and trees to the precinct area, irrigated naturally via a rainwater harvesting system. Further innovations include chilled and heated apartment floors and a mechanised valet parking system, which reduces the number of parking levels and associated excavation, lighting and ventilation requirements.
Project name: Jameson House
Location: 838 Hastings St W Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Coordinates: 49.286128, -123.115678
Type: Condominium, Skyscraper
Project Year: 2004-2011
Completion Year: 2011
Visit Jameson House’s Website: here
Client / Owner / Developer: Jameson House Ventures Inc, Pappajohns (previous client)
Architects: Foster + Partners – Riverside, 22 Hester Road, London, SW11 4AN, United Kingdom
Co-architects: Francl Architecture – 1684 W 2nd Ave, Vancouver, BC V6J 1H4, Canada
Consultants: Yolles, Vermeulens Cost Consultants, Imec Mechanical Ltd., PWL Partnership Landscape Architects Inc., Claude Engle Lighting Consultant, Bridge Electric Corp., Imec Mechanical Ltd., Piers Heath Associates, Robert Lemon Architect Inc.
Text Description: © Courtesy of Woods Bagot-Domenic Alvaro
Images: © Nigel Young, Foster and Partners