A Guidebook to Contemporary Architecture in Vancouver by Christopher Macdonald

By Christopher Macdonald

A Guidebook to modern structure in Vancouver explores structures developed because the urban skilled unparalleled development, starting with Expo ‘86 and carrying on with throughout the 2010 Olympic iciness video games. The guidebook positive factors constructions and public areas grouped via 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 measurement and layout, together with an index, permits viewers to place this guidebook in a pocket and go.

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In the case of the Coal Harbour Community Centre, community facilities are literally subsumed within the new parkland, deferring to the virtues of visual openness and verdure. The integration of the handsome and robust interiors with the surrounding landscape also serves the purpose of making a clear distinction between the territorial realm of private dwelling place and the collective landscape. While the community centre and its surrounding parkland owe their existence to Coal Harbour’s condominium developments, the ‘gated’ condition of the towers remains explicit.

The Shangri-La combines a five-star hotel, 234 live-work units, 66 residential units complemented by ground level retail, grocery store and even a public sculpture garden for the Vancouver Art Gallery. As such, it offers a west side counterpoint to the Woodward’s Redevelopment – interestingly both undertaken by the same development and marketing team. The project received a density transfer in return for the preservation of the adjacent heritage church – yet one more disparate element in a sometimes disorienting street level landscape.

In either case, it provides a Lilliputian scene for the many surrounding condominium dwellers to view from above. The work invites speculation on the decorum of City parks more generally and brings an encouraging sense of play into the urban condition. Architect Structure Client Completed Address Transit Access 32 Pechet and Robb Art and Architecture Ltd. JM Engineering City of Vancouver, Board of Parks and Recreation 1998 801 Beach Avenue (Mae and Lorne Brown Park) Yaletown-Roundhouse public DOWNTOWN CENTRAL 33 Wa te rfro Waterfront nt ar ds CRAB Park at Portside om rdov a ilt on Du n sm ui du eo rg i a ct Vi a Strathcona Y E Georgia Andy Livingstone Park rV ia G Keefer Chinatown Main Carrall Be at Pa ra de de l Abbott ty Ca m bi e E Hastings Portland Hotel 33 West W Pe nder Pender E Pender Stadium Expo B lvd Union du ct Prior Pacific Blvd Milross 0 Station Creekside Park Main National Quebec Ci ta Bruce Eriksen Place sting Woodward’s s Redevelopment VanCity Place for Youth Taylo r H am E Cordova W Ha Columbia H W Co Victoria Square Z page 20 er and Alex Salt Tasting Room & Salt Powell Cellar er Ri ch Wate r Gastown Inform Trou nce A Interiors lley 100 metres 1 minute to walk Main DOWNTOWN EAST SIDE 36 38 40 42 44 46 48 VANCITY PLACE FOR YOUTH 33 WEST PENDER BRUCE ERIKSEN PLACE PORTLAND HOTEL WOODWARD’S REDEVELOPMENT INFORM INTERIORS SALT TASTING ROOM & SALT CELLAR To the east of downtown’s commercial core lies the precinct initially settled and retaining the largest assemblage of historic building fabric in Vancouver.

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