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Another hotel in Vancouver Wakelin, Brian Charles 1998

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ANOTHER HOTEL IN VANCOUVER by BRIAN CHARLES WAKELIN B.Sc., The University of Victoria, 1992 A THESIS SUBMITTED IN PARTIAL FULFILLMENT OF T H E REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DEGREE OF MASTER OF ARCHITECTURE . in" T H E FACULTY OF GRADUATE STUDIES School of Architecture We accept tru#-tliLiuas conforming to /.he.required standard T H E U N I V ^ R W Y oJ/BRITISH C O L U M B J I / Vanuary 1998 @ Brian Charles Wakelin, 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. Department of •AvZ^tg^VlMg/. The University of British Columbia Vancouver, Canada Date DE-6 (2/88) ABSTRACT The main preoccupation of this project is desire and pleasure.. The program of a hotel in Vancouver was the chosen vehicle for this project. One of the main ways hotels in Vancouver provide pleasure is through the provision of views of mountains and the harbour. The Landmark hotel for example (located across the street from the project site), distinguishes itself in its marketing brochure as "Vancouver's tallest hotel (with) tastefully appointed, air-conditioned rooms and suites that feature private balconies with unsurpassed views of Vancouver's scenic wonders." However, beyond the building's size and resulting viewing opportunity, the facility has very little to offer in terms of memorable character or identity. The second sentence describ-ing the qualities of the hotel room amenities states that "Each room is equipped with state-of-the-art security and fire prevention systems, in-room movies and two-line telephones with computer access and voice-mail messaging." The third sentence describing the hotels again makes reference to view: "Enjoy fine dining in our Cloud Nine revolving restaurant, where the panoramic views are only surpassed by our fine cuisine and service that caters to your every. need." Commencing with the hotel room, the project challenges the position that the only thing worthy of attention from the hotel room is the distant view. The room's manipulation in plan and sec-tion provide a series of framed views through spaces with differing spatial and material charac-ter without departing from the typical thirteen by thirty foot shell of most hotel rooms. From the vanity the bedroom and sitting area are the foreground of the distant views. The strategy for the public spaces is similar. The lobby bar for example overlooks the lobby and the porte cochere. The restaurant overlooks a garden terrace with the view to the North Shore beyond. At mid tower the Corkscrew Lounge overlooks a terrace which is foreground to the view over Robson Street. At the top the Umbrella ballroom overlooks the swimming pool as well as Stanley Park. The strategy for the pubic spaces in the middle and upper tower is also aided by the fact that they are seen from a distance in the city. They are formal exceptions read against the regular field of identical rooms. They advertise themselves as places of pleasure people in the city can imagine themselves in. ii T A B L E OF CONTENTS Abstract Table of Contents Acknowledgment Section, Looking North Section, Looking West Through Swimming Pool and Lobby Section, Looking West Through Umbrella, Loggia, Terrace, Shops and Porte Plan, Roof Plan, Terrace Plan, Umbrella Foyer Plan, Umbrella Section, Looking West Through Umbrella, Corkscrew Lounge and Terrace Elevation, Broughton Street Photograph, Model Seen From Robson Street Looking West Perspective, Interior of Umbrella Plan, Pool Plan, Below Pool Plan, Typical Upper Elevation, Robson Street Perspective, Corkscrew Lounge and Terrace Detail, Building Skin Axonometric Photograph, Model Seen From Broughton Street Looking North Plan, Upper Corkscrew Plan, Corkscrew Lounge Plan, Corkscrew Terrace Perspective, Hotel Room Vanity Plan, Typical Lower Elevation, North iii Elevation, West Plan, Above Meeting Room Two Plan, Meeting Room Two Plan, Meeting Room One Plan, Terrace Restaurant Perspective, Hotel Room Living Room Detail, Worm's Eye Axonometric of Hotel Room Plan, Umbrella Context Plan, Corkscrew Context Plan, Robson Concourse • Plan, Long Bar Plan, Lobby Plan, Lobby Context Section, Through Robson Street Looking North Section, Through Broughton Street Looking West Plan, Porte Cochere Plan, Lower Parking Plan, Lower Parking 2 iv A C K N O W L E D G E M E N T I would.like to thank my committee, George Wagner (chair), John Patkau, Elaine Didyk, and Warren Techentin. I would also like to acknowledge the help of Andrew Furman, Leslie Barrett, Shawn Bleet, Mathew Grady, Amanda Levy, Chris Grimley, Hugh Bitz, Julia Roemer, Cedric Burgers, Craig Simms, Rochelle Bacigalupo, Nicholas Osenton, and Tania Percy for their help towards my final presentation. section looking north through umbrella, swimming pool, corkscrew lounge, terrace, lobby, and porte cochere 1 2 3 4 S M i i m m • i i r m ? Iii section through robson street looking north m m » • «L\_ •_ i 1 • i . i . h i ' - 1 n section through broughton street looking west lobby context plan overlook: a hotel on robson street l>rinn wake/in thesis January 1998 MMII 


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