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A branch public library addition to the Kingsgate Mall Vancouver, B.C. Gilliard, Jeffrey Ryan 1998

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A BRANCH PUBLIC LIBRARY ADDITION TO THE KINGSGATE MALL VANCOUVER, B. C. by JEFFREY RYAN GILLIARD B. Sc. Arch., McGill University, 1991 A THESIS SUBMITTED IN PARTIAL FULFILLMENT OF T H E REQUIREMENTS FOR T H E DEGREE OF MASTER OF ARCHITECTURE in T H E FACULTY OF GRADUATE STUDIES School of Architecture We accept this thesis as conforming to the required standard T H E UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA February 1998 © Jeffrey Ryan Gilliard, 1998 In presenting this thesis in partial fulfilment of the requirements for an advanced degree at the University of British Columbia, 1 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. The University of British Columbia Vancouver, Canada DE-6 (2/88) ABSTRACT i i The ubiquitous presence of advertising has become a powerful force shaping everyday life. Advertis-ing strives for your attention. In acting as a primer for consumption by confusing want and need, it motivates both specific desires while stimulating a more general or abstract Desire. When shopping, the circular nature of advertising is clearly demonstrated in browsing: a situation where one's atten-tion is simultaneously available and searching, in an attmept to find the 'lost' object that may finally satisfy your desire, all the while being further presented with advertisements that further that de'esire. The project is an addition to the Kingsgate Mall, an introverted shopping mall in the Mount Pleas-ant area built in the early 1970s, that replaces a small branch library currently located within the mall. It is located at the prominent intersection of Broadway Street and Kingsway Street and rede-velops a parking lot adjacent to the main western entrance. The library addition attempts to divert the shopper's attention to the pleasures of reading and learning by advertising, at a number of scales, the specific encounter with the library, its different reading rooms, and the free access to information within, all guided by the principle of 'making public' proper to publicity. To this aim, the ground floor of the addition attempts to link a number of paths that cross the site at different elevations to cross in a central courtyard. The project attempts to 'bend' the shopfront commercial identity of Broadway Street into the courtyard and mall to reduce the negative urban impact the mall currently has, and increase the flow of pedestrian traffic through the space. The courtyard organizes both the urban public space proper to a civic institution and the internal layout of the library, allowing the occupant to continuously view other parts of the library and the ground, to become a place where the adjacent attractions of the mall and the library can mtually assist each other in their patronage. TABLE OF CONTENTS i i i Abstract ii Table of Contents iii Acknowledgement iv Site - Context Information and Site Influences 1 Site - Connection to Existing Mall 2 Ground Floor Plan and North Elevation 3 Second Floor Plan (+16'-6") and West Elevation 4 Second Floor Plan (+24'-0") and East Elevation 5 Third Floor Plan and South Elevation 6 Fourth Floor Plan and Unfolded Courtyard Elevation 7 Building Sections A-C 8 Building Sections D-F. 9 Model - Site Model and Broadway Entrance : 10 Model - North (Broadway) Elevation 11 Model - West (Kingsway) Elevation 12 ACKNOWLEDGEMENT IV I wish to thank the members of my thesis committee for their enthusiam and support of the project: Professor Sherry McKay, Bruce Carscadden, and Professor George Wagner, from whom I've learned a tremendous amount about architecture and interpretation. I would also like to thank all of the incredible people I've become friends with at the School: Brian Wakelin, Scot Geib, Scott Edwards, Bill Uhrich, Leslie Barrett, Craig Sims, Alex Percy, Sue Ockwell, Neville Doyle, Brian Meissner, and on and on...I also appreciate all of the much needed help from other students and friends in the final effort to complete this work. Lastly, and most dearly, I must thank my mother for the support she has always given me. Master of Architecture Thesis Master of Architecture Thesis G R O U N D F L O O R P U B L I C G R O U N D S E C O N D F L O O R P U B L I C G R O U N D Master of Architecture Thesis S E C O N D F L O O R P L A N (+24'-6") Master of Architecture Thesis 6 Master of Architecture Thesis Master of Architecture Thesis 8 Master of Architecture Thesis Master of Architecture Thesis 10 Model View of Entrance Master of Architecture Thesis Model View of North (Broadway) Elevation Master of Architecture Thesis 12 Model View of West (Kingsway) Elevation 

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