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Sectioning the tower: a mixed-use building exploration in downtown Vancouver Furman, Andrew Derrick 1997

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SECTIONING THE TOWER: A MIXED- USE BUILDING EXPLORATION IN DOWNTOWN VANCOUVER by ANDREW DERRICK FURMAN B.A.A., Ryerson University, 1992 A THESIS SUBMITTED IN PARTIAL FULFILLMENT OF THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DEGREE OF MASTER OF ARCHITECTURE in THE FACULTY OF GRADUATE STUDIES School of Architecture We accept this thesis as conforming to the required standard THE UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA MAY 1997 © Andrew Derrick Furman, 1997 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. School Department of A ^ohiTe^^TUf-f / The University of British Columbia Vancouver, Canada Date : ^ , ) ^ r H ^ ; DE-6 (2/88) '••'•'/. . V, ' .y';; ABSTRACT The contemporary city is driven by private interests, leaving the public spaces as a weakly woven system. In such a system public space making is usually the left-over in the composition. By shaping the publicly accessible spaces through the section of the tower, a series of relationships of public/ private occur. Elevating the public ground throughout the city through remedial and new developments brings the public space to a more direct confrontation with the typology of the tower. The site chosen for this exploration of building and public space making is the municipal address of 900 Burrard St. in downtown Vancouver. The block already contains two existing buildings, which represent excellent regional examples of early Modernism; the former BC Electric Building and the Dal Grauer Substation. A programme of hotel, residences, office space, fitness club, cinema, and branch library generate specific scenarios around which the public space negotiates as transitional space. u TABLE OF CONTENTS Title Page i Abstract ii Table of Contents iii Site Model View of Skyline Looking East 1 Site Model, Birds Eye View 2 Model Showing Burrard St. View 3 Model Showing Hornby St. View 4 Model Showing Smithe St. View 5 Capriccio 6 Initial Sketch of City Room 7 Ground Level Plan, Perspective of Horby St. 8 Mezzanine Level Plan, Views of Bar 9 Third Level Plan, Perspective of Cabinet Gallery View South 10 Fourth Level Plan, Perspective of Cabinet Gallery 11 Fifth Level Plan, Perspective of Main Stair 12 Sixth Level Plan, Seventh Level Plan 13 Eighth Level Plan, Cross-Section Looking North 14 Ninth to Fourteenth Levels Typical Floor Plate, Room Views 15 Fifteenth Level Plan, Perspective of Banquet Hall 16 Sixteenth Level Plan, View of Branch Library View South West 17 Seventeenth Level Plan, Sectional Perspective of Branch Library 18 Typical Parking Level and Roof Level Plan , 19 Burrard St. Elevation, Longitudinal Section Through City Room 20 Hornby St. Elevation, Longitudinal Section Through Hotel Suites 21 Smithe St. Elevation. Cross- Section Through City Room 22 Longitudinal Sections Through Alley and Cinema Looking East 23 Sectional Perspective Through Elevated Public Grounds 24 Perspective of Fitness Club Pool Room 25 iii 1 2 4 6 7 8 10 11 12 1 14 I I 15 16 17 18 „ -LiJI-j-i-i-l 1 -l-l- T T rtz Lr 19 22 •a as 53 UP Z D Z D ZD 3 LZD t a t a • a oz az di =6 ±3 M3 | 0 rci m rp—^  --4 rzd •a ra L Z d E a -rn •a t a t a t a t a t a t a t a t a t a t a t a t a t a t a 23 25 


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