Download e-book for iPad: A Guidebook to Contemporary Architecture in Vancouver by Christopher Macdonald

By Christopher Macdonald

ISBN-10: 1553654455

ISBN-13: 9781553654452

A Guidebook to modern structure in Vancouver explores constructions developed because the urban skilled extraordinary progress, starting with Expo ‘86 and carrying on with in the course of the 2010 Olympic iciness video games. The guidebook good points constructions and public areas grouped by means of components, with maps in order that a customer can create jogging excursions, together with ones via downtown Vancouver, Richmond, the North Shore, and Kitsilano. The handy dimension and layout, together with an index, permits viewers to place this guidebook in a pocket and go.

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2009 33 West Pender Street Stadium, Waterfront exterior only DOWNTOWN EAST SIDE 39 BRUCE ERICKSEN PLACE In a city only recently constructed and often of fragile material substance, the question of how to perpetuate collective social history is challenging. In the context of this project for social housing, the challenge is amplified since the history being recalled is devoted not to those who exercised authority over the construction of the city, but rather to those who interceded in the human dimension of its daily life.

Whereas common practice in Gastown development retains only the street elevation – quite literally one brick thick – here, significant aspects of the original structure are maintained. Wooden floors are pressed into service as permanent formwork for new concrete floors, which stabilize the front elevation while bearing on new concrete supports that mark the structural bays of the original wood columns. The thoughtfully detailed interior is focused on a generously dimensioned staircase that rises from basement to roof, crowned by a substantial skylight.

The project’s sustainability goals are most evident in the vast expanse of green roof – particularly striking when viewed from further west along the sea wall pedestrian path. Less evident but curious is the creation of an artificial reef along the harbour flank of the building, visible at low tide. The positive engagement between building and plaza with the linear experience of the seawall has acquired public use even prior to the full implementation of the various functional programs. Architect LMN Architects, DA Architects + Planners, Musson Cattell Mackey Partnership Structure Glotman Simpson Consulting Engineers Landscape PWL Partnership Landscape Architects Inc.

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