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By Christopher Macdonald

A Guidebook to modern structure in Vancouver explores constructions developed because the urban skilled unparalleled progress, starting with Expo ‘86 and carrying on with during the 2010 Olympic iciness video games. The guidebook gains constructions and public areas grouped by means of parts, 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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The redevelopment of the industrial land known as Coal Harbour reconnected this precinct to the waterfront, extending the seawall promenade while creating a series of open spaces that more graciously conclude the north-south streetscapes. The varied scales of development are especially conspicuous in this part of Vancouver, with several generations of civic imagination literally juxtaposed one with another. Amidst the architectural ambitions evident, it is interesting to compare the material opulence of the Shangri-La tower with the original 1969 MacMillan Bloedel headquarters designed by Arthur Erickson across Georgia Street – smoke and mirrors facing off with post-war Doric, as it were.

The project integrates fragments of the existing 1908 building and further references the surroundings’ material heritage in its application of metal screens and lower level brickwork. The adjacent Lore Krill Housing Cooperative building anticipates the more extensive Woodward’s site in material character and further contributes to the diverse housing types in this precinct. Planted exterior facades and roofs declare the project’s commitment to sustainability at an expansive urban scale. Architect Community Liaison Structure Client Completed Address Transit Access 44 Henriquez Partners Architects Jim Green Glotman Simpson Consulting Engineers Westbank Projects & Peterson Investment Group 2010 100 West Cordova Stadium, Waterfront public, private residential DOWNTOWN EAST SIDE 45 INFORM INTERIORS This retail development represents a substantial renovation and addition to an existing heritage building.

The transfer of density from several historic structures elsewhere in the downtown core sanctioned the additional building height. The tower’s modest floor-plate and oval configuration do much in creating a striking profile amidst the skyline of downtown Vancouver. They also inadvertently inspire a degree of ingenuity in the sensible organization of hotel suites and condominium layouts – a latter day instance of function following form after all. Architect Structure Landscape Client Completed Address Transit Access 28 Busby Perkins+Will Glotman Simpson Consulting Engineers Phillips Farevaag Smallenberg Wall Financial Corporation 2001 1001 Hornby Street Burrard, Vancouver City Centre lobby only DOWNTOWN CENTRAL 29 SCOTIABANK DANCE CENTRE As is often the case in Vancouver, the collage of contemporary necessity and historic legacy is reduced to the preservation of an historic façade, behind which an entirely new programme of use is constructed.

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