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A rest area on Main Street in Blue River, B.C. Osenton, Nicolas Simon 1997

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A REST AREA ON MAIN STREET IN BLUE RIVER, B. C. by NICOLAS SIMON OSENTON B.A., The University of British Columbia, 1993 A THESIS SUBMITTED IN PARTIAL FULFILLMENT OF THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DEGREE OF MASTER OF ARCHITECTURE in THE FACULTY OF GRADUATE STUDIES School of Architecture We accept this thesis as conforming to the required standard THE UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA May 1997 © Nicolas Simon Osenton, 1997 In presenting this thesis in partial fulfilment of the requirements for an advanced degree at the University of British Columbia, I agree that the Library shall make it freely available for reference and study. I further agree that permission for extensive copying of this thesis for scholarly purposes may be granted by the head of my department or by his or her representatives. It is understood that copying or publication of this thesis for financial gain shall not be allowed without my written permission. -©epartmerrt of AP-^-Vrrg-CfUie^. The University of British Columbia Vancouver, Canada Date M * f 12- , i «H"7 DE-6 (2/88) 11 ABSTRACT The Blue River Rest Area is a study of the marginal condition of the roadside. It is placed within a town as a strategy for improving both the road and the roadside community through a cross fertilization of experiences and economies. Blue River is an accumulation of services responding to the infrastructure links running through the North Thompson valley. These include the Yellowhead Highway, the Canadian National Railway, the Trans Mountain Oil Pipeline and a power transmission corridor. The town remains isolated from the highway through berming and a system of largely unused frontage roads. As a margin between the highway and the town park space, this rest area is an investigation of perspective and ground. It seeks to mediate the relationship between the view from the road, the view of the resting traveler, and the experiences of the facility from the town itself. The picturesque notion of the road passing through a natural landscape is physically imbedded in the site through a blurring of distinction between land, roadside, and roadside facility. The rest area attempts to exploit the discrepancies between the views and eye levels of the different user groups and to find resolution in disparate, possibly intimidating elements through the creation of new vantages and vistas. It attempts to use overscale and even ugly elements of the road to create unexpected opportunities for rest and reflection. Ill TABLE OF CONTENTS Abstract ii Table of Contents iii Acknowledgement iv Generative Collage 1 Generative Collage 2 Site Model: Blue River in the North Thompson Valley 3 Site Model Detail 4 Aerial Photo: Blue River 5 Context Plan 6 Site Plan 7 Site Plan Detail 8 Circulation Diagrams 9 Circulation Diagrams 10 Key to Plans and Sections 11 Highway Level Plan 12 Mid-level Plan 13 Park Level Plan 14 Section A - A 15 Section B - B 16 Section C - C 17 Section D - D 18 Section E - E 19 Detail from Section A - A, Looking S.W. through Park, Truck Ramp, Information Centre and Parking Stalls 20 Detail from Section D - D , Looking N.E. through Parking Stalls, Information Centre at Entry Level, Changing Room, Shower Stall and Covered Walkway at Truck Plaza Level 21 Model . 22 Collage: View from the Road; Looking over Ditch Trail to Parking, Picnic Ground, Trucks and Cabins 23 Collage: View from Park, Looking N.W. to Trucks and Cabins 24 Collage: View from Main Street, Looking N.E. to Ditch Trail and Bus Station 25 Collage: Objects in Mirror are Closer Than They Appear 26 Collage: View from Helicopter Approach to Ski Lodge from S.W. .. 27 IV ACKNOWLEDGEMENT I wish to thank my committee: Bill Pechet (Chair), Doug Patterson and Bruce Carscadden for their invaluable input and support. I also owe a debt of gratitude to Rochelle Bacigalupo, Brian Wakelin, Jill Williams and Beth LeClip for many hours of input and production. 1 "SK Generative Collage * * * » ' - f . w 4 . , •' i -'./: ' *X~ ' • / /'r-r Wk 1 i / • /• * i^s^-si. r'Z / '• - ' / ' [/; * / / // i / / / / Generative Collage 3 Site Model: Blue River in the North Thompson Valley GO H-rt ID •x o a ID a ID rt 5 Aerial Photo: Blue River 6 Context Plan (0 P> 3 8 Site Plan Detail local circulation Circulation Diagrams 9 v i s i t o r car circulation 10 truck circulat ion Circulation Diagrams bus circulation Legend A information desk B tourist information centre C community room D kitchen/office E restaurant F mens washroom G womens washroom H mens changerooms/showers I womens changerooms showers J bus depot K community l ibrary L gas s t a t i o n - car Key to Plans and Sections 11 M N 0 P Q R S T U V W gas station - truck truck plaza cabin cabin car parking truck plaza road maintenance sheds highway side wetland trail riverside pavilion playing fields main street commercial pipeline right of way 12 '^ DO an C**«B QUI '•r\ 'm • ,5 * •_____^ i / Highway Level Plan 13 -u=-=-H trti r-1 ! a s: - . 1 1 1 1 ]BsgEEt^«JtrtitjWiT hfrtzjaajagj" • V Mid-level Plan Mt^M. 14 Park Level Plan * * * * % # r * to o r+ H-O 3 m* ^m* '«.»• w > -& Ul ••» ^JiS 0 IBL= w (B O r+ O 3 W Cd r*fwj.-'.r rlS<~ $$u*?''7' Afce-mr««. 7 : / W w n> o r+ o o o • ? V'I'*-w m o r+ o 3 o I a ..~-.u i i i I I || nramnramT s==w 00 .4 flJ O r+ O 3 W ;r'«t5 .» * * : • E • ? • * # • * ^ • > f ; ' • • - • * % . ' h • ' • > " :^*« ' r-.-•'- -, .V ^ $•:: ;:trn : 20 's? Detail from Section A - A, Looking S.W. through Park, Truck Ramp, Information Centre and Parking Stalls m 21 Detail from Section D - D , Looking N.E. through Parking Stalls, Information Centre at Entry Level, Changing Room, Shower Stall and Covered Walkway at Truck Plaza Level 22 Model 23 Collage: View from the Road; Looking over Ditch Trail to Parking, Picnic Ground, Trucks and Cabins 24 Collage: View from Park, Looking N.W. to Trucks and Cabins 25 Collage: View from Main Street, Looking N.E. to Ditch Trail and Bus Station 26 Collage: Objects in Mirror are Closer Than They Appear 27 Collage: View from Helicopter Approach to Ski Lodge from S.W. 

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