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The Museum of Moving Images, Granville Island, Vancouver Kwong, Maureen 1998

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T H E M U S E U M O F MOVING IMAGES GRANVILLE ISLAND, V A N C O U V E R by M A U R E E N KWONG B.A., The University of British Columbia, 1991 A THESIS SUBMITTED IN PARTIAL FULFILLMENT O F THE REQUIREMENTS FOR T H E D E G R E E O F MASTER O F ARCHITECTURE in T H E FACULTY O F G R A D U A T E STUDIES School of Architecture We accept this thesis as conforming to the required standard THE UNIVERSITY O F BRITISH COLUMBIA May 1998 (c) Maureen Kwong, 1998 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. Department of T&CTO£g The University of British Columbia Vancouver, Canada Date A ? * * , " / /??g> DE-6 (2/88) ABSTRACT In October 1997 The Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design proposed that a Museum of Moving Images be built at the site adjacent to the intended Granville Island Film Center currently under development permit application at The City of Vancouver. ECIAD intended the museum to show "... the magic in which the film was created by..." In addition, the program would comprise a library of books, videos, and compact discs. The starting point of the thesis was the two key words of the program: "moving" and "image". The museum was dependent not only the phenomenal qualities of site but the recognition of the visceral and of the construction of images through human vision and experience. The thesis explored fundamental constructs of film (the projection of light through an image on transparency onto a surface and further, the way the eye registers that phenomena) as a basic framework for realizing the principles of the moving image. Beginning at the ground both the parking on the site and the adjacent site gradually slopes to the lowest part of the "bar" building which from ground to sky consists of gallery, retail space, library, small theater and administration offices. The bar is intersected by a series of "tubes" containing the museum spaces. The front facade along the retail strip is the point at which all of the program can be read simultaneously. The first tube begins at the point of entry of the museum and gradually rises and switches back and forth through the site up to the third level of the larger bar building where there is a connection to the neighbouring film center, the library, or the roof top. Each tube is punctured with slots that allow glimpses and chance visual connections of other bodies moving through the museum and facilitates the registration of the bodies position within the space of the museum and the site. i i TABLE OF CONTENTS Title Page i Abstract ii Table of Contents iii Acknowledgement iv MODEL Figure 1 Site Axonometric 1 Figure 2 Site Aerial 2 Figure 3 Longitudinal Elevation 3 Figure 4 Rear Elevation 4 Figure 5 Front Elevation 5 DRAWINGS Figure 6 Short Section and Elevation 6 Figure 7 Longitudinal Section Tube 1 and Elevation 7 Figure 8 Longitudinal Section Tube 2 & 3 8 Figure 9 Longitudinal Section Tube 4 & Subterrainian Plan 9 Figure 10 Ground Plan and Library 1 10 Figure 11 Library 2 and Administration Plan 11 i i i ACKNOWLEDGEMENT This thesis could not have been realized without the generous time and thought of my committee members Scott Romses, Matthew Talbot-Kelly and chair person George Yu. i v 1 CD a> CO a o £ o CO > 0 111 15 c T5 3 *-« 'cn c 3 CO 4 5 6 7 9 10 11 


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