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Intersections : theatres, speculative offices + a skytrain station on the edge of Thornton park Uhrich, William Edward 1998

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INTERSECTIONS: THEATRES, SPECULATIVE OFFICES + A SKYTRAIN STATION O N THE EDGE OF T H O R N T O N PARK by  WILLIAM EDWARD UHRICH  B. Comm., The University Of British Columbia, 1 989 A THESIS SUBMITTED IN PARTIAL FULFILLMENT O F THE REQUIREMENT FOR THE DEGREE MASTER OF ARCHITECTURE  OF  in THE FACULTY O F GRADUATE STUDIES School of Architecture  W e accef^nhis thesis^ps conforming to jhe, required standard  ^ T H E UNIVERSIT/OF BRTJPfSH O ^ U M B I A MerCrTl998 ©William Edward UhrichJ 998  In  presenting this  degree at the  thesis  in  partial  fulfilment  of  the  requirements  University  of  British  Columbia, I agree that the Library shall make it  freely available for reference and study. I further agree that copying  of  department  this thesis for scholarly or  by  his  or  her  for  It  is  understood  head of my  that  publication of this thesis for financial gain shall not be allowed without permission.  Department of  A-Z.cH)T£-CTJ&£  The University of British Columbia Vancouver, Canada  Date  DE-6 (2/88)  AT*"-  *°,  HI*  advanced  permission for extensive  purposes may be granted by the  representatives.  an  copying my  or  written  ABSTRACT A city's intersections are places or voids where the trajectories, paths and commuter routes of a cities citizens collide. They are points of momentary stasis. At intersections the agents of speed and haste characteristic of the flow of the city are brought to a collective pause. The challenge of this thesis was to bring about an architectural representation of this negotiation between flow and pause. There was a desire to see the commuterscape of Vancouver as a way of allowing different publics and contrasting programmes the opportunity for chance encounters and collisions.  This desire led to the  design of a building which served as an intersection, sometimes carefully controlled while at others free and open to the random flows of urbanism.  The site at the corner of Main and Terminal streets in Vancouver was chosen because it is a place where the di verse social, economic and historical fabrics of the city are intersecting. This site is the busiest at grade intersection in Vancouver where skytrain and bus passengers, car drivers and pedestrians are variously pushed together and pulled apart. Commuter space and commuter movement through that space are generally assumed to be unproductive, uninfected movement through vacuous and empty space. This thesis challenges that view by inserting a building into this commuter space to utilize the potentials for exchange, negotiation and encounter offered by such a space.  The building is made up of two very different programs - one containing a series of small performing arts theatres, the other commercial and rentable office space. In between the two, the inbound and outbound skytrain tracks and a public walkway create varying perceptual experiences which mediate between the two different typologies. The public zones of the building are used to link the varied programs together and to create connections to the surrounding park and buildings.  TABLE OF CONTENTS Abstract  o  Table of Contents  iii  Acknowledgement  iv  Ground Floor Plan East of Main Street  1  Ground Floor Plan West of Main Street  2  Platform Level Plan  3  Performance Theatre Level Plan  4  Section A A ; Cross Section Through Lobby  5  Section BB; Cross Section Through Theatres  6  Section C C ; Longitudinal Section Through Theatres  7  Perspective Sketch From Office Building Looking Through to Marquee W a l l  8  Perspective Sketch Showing Cantilevered Experimental Theatre Lounge  9  Photograph of Site Model  10  Photograph of of North Elevation of Detail Model  11  Photograph of South Elevation of Detail Model  12  Photaograph of Interior South Elevation of Detail Model  13  Photograph of West Elevation of Detail Model  14  iii  ACKNOWLEDGMENT I Would like to thank my DS mentor and committee member Sherry McKay for allowing me to venture down intriguing paths which I had not previously discovered. Her insight and patience are greatly appreciated. Also, Patricia Patkau, my chair for teaching me critical lessons about the creation of architecture and Brad Lamoureux for his valued criticism. A special thank you for my partner Jill Anholt who is both my muse and my best critic and without whom the completion of this project would have been but a distant dream. I would also like to thank Junior who helped establish important priorities. Finally, and in no particular order, those people that taught me that design is a collaborative process - Nicolas Osenton, Rochelle Bacigalupo, Sue Ockwell, Alex Percy, John W a l l , Neville Doyle, Hugh Bitz, Shawn Bleet, Lisa Syverson, and Amanda Levy.  IV  9  10  11  13  


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