Christmas may still be a few days away, but Rize Alliance got an early present this year. The Rolston is finally complete! Many of our homeowners moved in earlier this month, just in time to settle in and put up their holiday decorations.

It turns out The Rolston’s presence in Vancouver’s Midtown neighbourhood hasn’t gone unnoticed. Last month, local newspaper 24 Hours interviewed our sales manager, Sean Stevens, about The Rolston’s distinctive geometric design. Our team has always loved the eye-catching design, but it turns out we weren’t alone. Pedestrians walking past have been stopping and pulling out their phones to snap pictures the tower’s unique architectural style.

As Rize Alliance prepares to hand off the keys to The Rolston, we hope that our pride and joy will one day be considered an iconic building in the downtown Vancouver skyline. In the meantime, our team members are reflecting on some of the iconic buildings around the world that have shaped our love of architecture and design.


Will Lin, President: 


Photo courtesy of Charles Tsao

My favourite iconic building will always be the Luce Memorial Chapel in Taiwan. I grew up there, and the chapel is a landmark building I frequently visited and could see from the rooftop patio of my childhood home.

Built with reinforced concrete and covered by glazed tiles, the chapel is so well constructed that it has endured many earthquakes without any signs of damage, even to the tiles. Although the building is shaped as a tent, if you look from the front or back, it appears as the profile of two praying hands.

I left Taiwan more than 35 years ago, but the Luce Memorial Chapel still embodies many of the childhood memories from my homeland.


Andy Tam, Director of Development:

Burj Khalifa

Photo courtesy of Mubarak Fahad

Hands down, the iconic building that will always stun and amaze me is the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Not recommended for those with a fear of heights, the Burj Khalifa holds the record as the tallest building in the world at 829.8 metres and 163 floors.

I was in Dubai when this building was being topped off, and I remember feeling a sense of awe while in its presence. The Burj Khalifa is truly an amazing feat of engineering.


Teresa Tso, Director of Rize Care:


Photo Courtesy of Richard IJezermans

The Taj Mahal in Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India, has long been a favourite iconic building for me. While studying the history of India during elementary school, I remember feeling struck by the pure physical beauty of the Taj Mahal.

It was only later, as an adult, when I learned the Taj Mahal was built as an ode to a great love lost. Mughal emperor Shah Jahan built the mausoleum in memory of his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal.

A UNESCO World Heritage site, the Taj Mahal is an example of Mughal architecture, a style that combines elements from Persian, Indian and Islamic architectural styles. Built entirely out of white marble, the Taj is often cited as “the jewel of Muslim art in India.”

Matt Pesklewis, Director of Marketing and Sales:


Photo courtesy of Thomas Hawk

One of my favorite iconic buildings is the LAX Theme building designed by architect Paul Williams. It’s such an iconic structure for those arriving to Los Angeles by airplane, and is a great example of Googie architecture that is now finding greater appreciation amongst those in the architectural world.

A reflection of high-tech space-age ideas, the Googie architecture style grew out of the Streamline Moderne, or Art Moderne, architectural era of the 1930s. As in Streamline Moderne architecture, Googie buildings are made with glass and steel, but Googie buildings are deliberately designed to be flashy.

In Los Angeles, the LAX Theme Building has become a flash icon of the city. For me, the beauty the building lies in its Googie ideals. It was an attempt to be fresh and different, which in many ways is an encapsulation of Los Angeles in the 1960s—bold, brash, the future of America.

What’s your favourite iconic building? We’d love to hear about it in the comments below.