8X Tower

Lead DesignerJoey Stevens / Andrew Emmerson
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Prize(s)Honorable Mention
Entry Description

The X8 Tower is a newly proposed mixed-use residential development in the heart of downtown Vancouver. The 35 storey tower comprises of diverse components, each having their own unique architectural expression; a school that fronts out onto the park, commercial units adjacent to the street, 9 lower levels of rental residential units, and 25 upper levels of market residential units.

The development incorporates a number of innovative mechanical and passive sustainable design features to meet LEED Gold certification. These features include a geothermal heating system, electrochromatic glazing, thermally broken balconies, and extensive exterior louvered shading.

To allow for increased density on this site, the client entered a contractual agreement with the City of Vancouver to design and build a 162 unit social housing building on an adjacent site, currently nearing completion.

The 1111 Richards Street development is due to commence construction in Summer 2016.


GBL Architects Inc. is a cohesive and progressive Vancouver based firm of 35 architects, project managers and technicians with a 25 year reputation of providing a full range of architectural services to the private and public sector. The firm has built its reputation on high quality design, tight project management, technical proficiency, financial responsibility and keen administrative skills. The company prides itself in finding solutions which fit budgets, meet client expectations, are sensitive to schedule and are highly regarded by both the users and the public. GBL is a member of the Canada Green Building Council and The Cascadia Region Green Building Council and regularly practices green design through the LEED Canada Program.

The firm established itself initially through the provision of innovative housing projects and has since expanded into other areas of design and construction including hotels, historic renovations, commercial developments, corporate workplaces, subdivision planning and public commissions. The firm’s work is extensive throughout the Province of British Columbia having garnered many awards for excellence in design from the Urban Development Institute, Georgie Awards and City of Vancouver. A broad range of projects in multiple jurisdictions has enabled GBL to develop strong relationships with governing authorities and decision makers. The principals of GBL are thoroughly versed in the process of approvals, conversant with key city personnel and are prepared to give strong guidance to new projects. This initiative is supported by in house expertise in design, technical detailing, management, public advocacy, liaison with civic authorities and contract administration.