Construction on Vancouver House beginning

WATCH ABOVE: Ground was broken on a new downtown Vancouver tower that will change a skyline that some say could use a facelift. Ted Chernecki reports.

When asked what his goal is for Vancouver House, the twisting 59-storey tower that has begun to be built at the foot of the Granville Street Bridge, Bjarke Ingels has a simple response.

“We hope to make a contribution that adds a little bit of diversity to an otherwise beautiful, but very homogeneous skyline,” says the architect of the project.

When told it’s a polite way of saying Vancouver’s skyline is boring, Ingels laughs.

Nonetheless, there is plenty of hope that Ingels, a renowned Danish architect, can bring some diversity to the city’s downtown towers. He was in Vancouver today for the official groundbreaking of the project, which was approved by the city last year.

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The massive development features 600 units, along with planned commercial space and public amenity space under the Granville Street bridge. The tower portion will be 52 storeys tall, along with several low rise buildings adjacent to the bridge.

The residential portion of the development will be a mix of ownership and rental housing.

– With files from Peter Meiszner