“A Gesamtkunstwerk (translated as total work of art, ideal work of art, universal artwork, synthesis of the arts, comprehensive artwork, all-embracing art form or total artwork) is a work of art that makes use of all or many art forms or strives to do so. The term is a German word which has come to be accepted in English as a term in aesthetics.” ~ wikipedia
After attending an amazing evening on Saturday night, thanks to our friend and colleague Chris Malkin, I can say that this project epitomizes the meaning of this word. Vancouver is so fortunate to have architectural firm Bjarke Ingels Group and development company Westbank collaborate in making this project a reality.
Not only is the building fascinating but the entire area surrounding the structure will be part of a much greater plan. The building itself – known as Vancouver House – is to be 55 stories and as you can see the structure is not your everyday linear high-rise. The area surrounding, including the space beneath the bridge, will offer shopping, restaurants and a natural gathering space. The newly developed area will be known as The Beach District.
The gallery space known as Gesamtkunstwerk at 1460 Howe Street (the future site for Vancouver House) does an amazing job of presenting the future of this neighbourhood. It features details regarding the structure of the building, the vision of the Beach District and ideas for the finishings within each condo. There are audio tours to give even more detail. I would highly recommend stopping by to see the incredible project. The gallery is opened daily from 11 – 5.
Visit their website at: http://gwerk.ca/
~ Patti Houston, owner of Flüff Design & Decor