By Christopher Macdonald
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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. VANCOUVER CONVENTION CENTRE WEST This major expansion of Vancouver’s convention hosting capacity was constructed, in part, to serve as the International Broadcast Centre for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. Something of the aura of spectacle remains in the form of both the building and the adjacent public plaza.
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. ) Completed 2009 Address 1055 Canada Place Transit Burrard, Waterfront Access exterior, interior lobby 52 DOWNTOWN WEST SIDE 53 COAL HARBOUR COMMUNITY CENTRE The construction of signiﬁcant landscaped open spaces alongside the recent generation of downtown development is critical in creating the modernist imagery of towers set in a common, continuous garden.
Here, their mission is expressed in distinctive and suitably robust metal cladding with a variegated street elevation that hints at the diminutive scale of the rooms within. The street level café has proven to be a durable tenant, making a positive contribution to the texture and cadence of the pedestrian realm. To the rear of the building, care has been taken to preserve a protected courtyard garden accessible to tenants. Architect Structure Landscape Client Completed Address Transit Access 42 Nick Milkovich Architects Inc.
A Guidebook to Contemporary Architecture in Vancouver by Christopher Macdonald