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Adaptations: an office building in Vancouver Hayden, Michele Andrea 1998-12-31

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ADAPTATIONS: AN OFFICE BUILDING :  IN VANCOUVER by  MICHELE ANDREA HAYDEN B.Comm., The University of Alberta, 1988 B.F.A., Concordia University, Montreal, 1993  A THESIS SUBMITTED IN PARTIAL FULFILLMENT OF THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DEGREE OF MASTER OF ARCHITECTURE in THE FACULTY OF GRADUATE STUDIES  i School of Architecture  We accept this thesis as conforming to the required standard  THE UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA September 1998 Michele Andrea Hayden, 1998  In  presenting  degree  this  at the  thesis  in  partial  fulfilment  of  University  of  British  Columbia,  I agree  freely available for copying  of  department publication  this or of  reference and  thesis by  this  for  his  scholarly  or  thesis  study.  for  her  financial  Ax^,T^r,*r  The University of British Columbia Vancouver, Canada  Date  DE-6 (2/88)  g o . 0 9 , <%e  purposes  gain shall  requirements that  agree  may  representatives.  permission.  Department of  I further  the  It not  be is  that  the  Library  permission  granted  by  understood be  for  allowed  an  advanced  shall make for  the that  without  it  extensive  head  of  my  copying  or  my  written  ABSTRACT This thesis project began with an interest in how architecture provides for both permanence and temporality and how contemporary conditions may impact upon architectural form. An, office building was chosen as the subject of exploration due to its ubiquitous nature and the requirement that it be adaptable to the changing needs of its occupants. The need for a flexible and economic architecture also presented the problem of anonymity and a lack of experiential richness. The intention of the investigation was to discover in what ways, if any, the permanent and temporal elements of a building might act in conjuction to create an enduring artifact which could respond to and register the complexities of everyday life. The project was inspired by observations in the city of Vancouver where development has occurred in a rapid and often irregular manner. The eastern part of the downtown centre and Yaletown were identified as particular areas of study.  Patterns of development exhibit many  smaller sites left empty or used as parking until being developed. These sites revealed an opportunity for the design of a medium-sized building which might maintain the smaller grain characteristic of these areas. As a "type", it could be adapted to the particularities of its location as well as the changing requirements of its occupants. A number of sites from four to six lots in width were identified in the study area. Various configurations were then devised to adapt the building model to particular site conditions including double party-wall versus corner locations and different orientations. The final project consists of the adaptation of this type to a site located on Homer Street near Pender Street. It is adjacent to an alley which marks the change in grid orientation in the area and allows three elevations of the building to be explored . The building employs an asymmetrically situated atrium and a core divided into two separated pods which would allow for increased penetration of natural light and ventilation. Structure, envelope and space dividing elements operate independently. The building envelope is separated out into two layers: the interior layer consists of a four foot wide grid of openings which may be filled with birch clad panels, bookcases or glazed panels or fitted with operable louvered windows. Random placements of panels allow the human inhabitation to be registered on the exterior of the building. The exterior skin then superimposes a composition of glazed panels which responds to the scale and order of the city and deals with environmental elements. A carved out entry lobby and two storey terrace along with landscaped roofdeck provide gradations of public and private common areas.  ii  TABLE OF CONTENTS Page i  Abstract  ii  Table of Contents  iii  Acknowledgements  1  Site  2  Model: Front View  3  Southeast Elevation; Section A  4  Section B  5  Section C  6  Northeast Elevation; Section D  7  Section E  8  Main Floor Plan  9  Second Floor Plan  10  Main Floor Plan; Second Floor Plan  11  Third Floor Plan; Fourth Floor Plan  12  Fifth Floor Plan; Penthouse Plan  iii  ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS  I would like to thank my committee, for their guidance throughout the project:  Christopher MacDonald (chair, Architecture 549) Sherry McKay (Architecture 548) Shelly Craig  iv.  Adaptations:  sitQ  An O f f i c e Building  in V a n c o u v e r  plan  icale=  1:750  m. h a y d e n 1 9 9 8  1  Adaptations:  An  Office  B u i l d I.ng. 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