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A complex of live/work units modelled on Japanese spatial concepts in the Downtown Eastside, Vancouver Levis, Ryan James 1997

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A COMPLEX OF LIVE/WORK UNITS MODELLED ON J A P A N E S E SPATIAL CONCEPTS IN THE DOWNTOWN EASTSIDE, VANCOUVER  by RYAN J A M E S LEVIS B.A., Simon F r a s e r University, 1 9 9 2 A THESIS SUBMITTED IN PARTIAL FULFILLMENT OF THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DEGREE OF M A S T E R OF ARCHITECTURE in THE FACULTY OF GRADUATE STUDIES  School of  Architecture  accept t h i s t h e s i s a s conforming to the required s t a n d a r d  THE UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA  January 1 9 9 7 © . Ryan J a m e s Levis, 1 9 9 7  In  presenting  degree freely  at  this  the  available  copying  of  department publication  thesis  in  partial  fulfilment  of  the  University  of  British  Columbia,  I  agree  for  this or of  reference, and  thesis by  this  for  his thesis  scholarly  or for  her  University  Vancouver,  Date  DE-6 (2/88)  of  Canada  British  Columbia  I  further  purposes  gain  that  agree  may ^be  representatives.  financial  permission.  The  study.  requirements  shall  It not  that  the  Library  by  understood be  an  allowed  advanced  shall  permission  granted  is  for  the that without  for head  make  it  extensive of  my  copying  or  my  written  ABSTRACT My project investigated the spatial concepts of Japanese architecture to see if they offer a particular insight into the design of the emerging model of live/work. The search embodied in my directed study and the subsequent design, therefore, was testing this hypothesis. Among many other concepts, Japanese spatial sensibilities include harmony in crowded environs, expansion of experiential space over limited physical distances, and tripartite physical thought. I felt that in the context of evolving models of dwelling and a desired urban densification, we could learn from nations that have already dealt with similar situations. The design addresses the complexity of the social fabric of the Downtown Eastside by taking a Japanese approach to the nature of public and private space. Like an upward spiral of Kyoto storefront houses, the units cluster around a "vertical street," meant to be an extension of Dunlevy Street. During normal business hours, the public may enter the plaza level, participate in the "vertical street" and interact with the people living and working in the units. The transition between the public and private realms is thereby multi-layered. The visitor passes through an indoor/outdoor atrium space, along the "vertical street" and into the units through forecourts and implied work zones fronting the "vertical street." This "onion-like" approach to a layering of public to private space is echoed in the outer skins of the building with a double facade concept. As the atrium space creates an inside/outside ("Ma") zone for the complex itself, the double facade creates an inside/outside zone for the units themselves. This "Ma" zone can function as an extension of the inside or as a room unto itself. The sequential layering of units as discrete "gates" along the "vertical street" is another Japanese spatial idea. The passage along this "street" becomes a series of events culminating at the rooftop gallery and sculpture garden, where the experience of the multi-layered north view is realized. The events along this route and the destination provide the impetus for movement along the route itself. The completed design integrates key Japanese spatial concepts into a western context and location, resulting in a unique model for the design of live/work: one that creates community with personal privacy, yet allows commercial interaction by actively engaging the public.  ii  TABLE OF CONTENTS  Abstract  ii  Table of Contents  iii  Acknowledgement  iv  Site Plan and Entry Level Plan  1  Level E32 and Level [51  2  Unit Floors 1-3 and Fourth Floor Loft Units  3  Loft Level and Gallery/Roof Deck Level  4  Longitudinal Section (A): Through Atrium Looking West  5  Cross Section (f3): Through Atrium Looking North and Cross Section (C): Through "Cage" Looking South a t Interior Elevation  6  West Elevation  7  South Elevation and North Elevation  &  Perspective View Looking East Inside Atrium From First Level  9  Perspective View Looking North-West a t Entry Level  10  Details: Cross Section Through "Work Volume" and Plan Section and Cross Section Through "Cage" and Plan Section  11  Project Model in Site Model: South West View Project Model in Site Model: South East View  12  Project Model in Site Model: West View Project Model in Site Model: Sky View  13  Project Model: North West View Project Model: South West View  14  Tectonic Model: North West View Tectonic Model: North West View  15  iii  ACKNOWLEDGEMENT I would like t o thank my committee: Assistant Professor Dino Rapanos, Steve Taylor and Reva Yoshihara-Morrison for their thoughtful input and criticism. I would also like t o thank Dave Thompson and John Schupp for their advice throughout the term. Also thanks t o Arthur Erickson for reviewing my directed study and talking over the project with me.  iv  2  3  5  6  1  zzi  -L_l_  bi  Q —  I! h L  j  - 3j 1  r  =  t  :  1  A  1  —  f  ....  ~-  _  \"  \  " / Si a  11  9  10  11  A. Project Model in S i t e Model: South W e s t View  F5. Project Model in S i t e Model: South E a s t View  12  A. Project Model in Site Model: West View  A. Project Model: North West View  E5. Project Model. South West View  14  15  


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