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Does "The Erickson" building at 1560 Homer Mews Vancouver B.C, have scoliosis?

One of the things I love about living in Downtown Vancouver, is walking on the seawall every morning. Since I live in Yaletown, I usually walk along the portion of the wall that is on the Concord Pacific lands which is a master-planned community built on the Expo '86 grounds on Vancouver's False Creek waterfront. This project has steadily transformed the city's skyline and redefined urban living. To date, Concord Pacific Place includes more than 10,000 homes, intermixed with parks, schools and a variety of retail and commercial services.

 I have been watching construction crews as  The Erickson Building at 1560 Homer Mews in Downtown Vancouver rises out of the ground and  nears completion. The design is supposed to be concrete steel trussing with a curving shape and glass on all sides. It is to be a landmark building nestled on the edge of False Creek with unobstructed views to the south, it is expected to be one of the most luxurious Condo developments in Downtown,. However when I look at The Erickson at this moment, without glazing and still under construction, the "structural twist" as they refer to it looks more like scoliosis to me..

I had the pleasure of dining with  Mr. Arthur Erickson one Christmas a few years back, at Bob Rennie's home. He is a delightful man, who's architecture shaped Vancouver in the 1960s and '70s. He is responsible for many Vancouver landmark buildings, such as the  Vancouver Courthouse and Robson Square, The Waterfall building at 1540 W. 2nd.  Museum of Anthropology at UBC to name a few. I have no doubt, once The Erickson is finished, it will be another Vancouver landmark. But right now it looks like it needs a good orthopedic surgeon. I'm just saying.

Erickson Building  1560 Homer Mews. Vancouver bc.