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The South Terminal Visiting Center, at Sea Island Sung, Gordon K. 1998

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COMMITTEE GEORGE YU (CHAIR) SILVAINBOULANGER BRENT NORTH V THE SOUTH TERMINAL VISITING CENTER, AT SEA ISLAND. BY GORDON K. SUNG B.A. of Sociology, University of British Columbia, 1994. ATHESIS SUBMITTED IN PARTIAL FULFILLMENTOF THE UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA APRIL 1998 ©GORDON K. SUNG, 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 &G-rA[TJS&Tc Ji£J£-The University of British Columbia Vancouver, Canada Date r f o l S 0 , \ ^ g DE-6 (2/88) The South Terminal Visiting Center, aside from its programmatic purpose to educate and entertain, intends to use its form to draw a parallel relationship with the contents of the museum to the tectonics of the aircraft, bridging the gapbetween architecture for industry and architecture for art. Building Concept- the Hanger Aside from sprawling lawns and concrete runways, aprons and taxis, the aircraft does not belong to any particular physical place except in the air. Hangar, perhaps, is the closest formal typology associated with airplanes. Oftentimes, the word hangar conjures up the notion of an airplane garage or storage. Hangar is often favored as the basic formal unit for industrial purposes because it offers structural efficiency and large volume of open space. The intent is to utilize the hangar-like space that connects to other amenities and facilities in a clear and coherent manner. Siting and Orientation The frontages of the existing neighboring buildings, as well as the direction of the traffic flow determine siting of the Visiting Center. The grid system and the edges of the Visiting Center echo the edges of the Vancouver Jet Center and the Canadian Air Building. The connection of the vehicular routes and the turnout of the Dinsmore Bridge naturally suggest a visual as well as physical connection to South Terminal Airport. Entry of the building wotitd be more relevant to be placed here than at the water's edge. The shape of the site suggests a linear east to west configuration of form. The design of the exterior form intends to echo the contents within. The form is derived from an investigation of the aircraft's wing- the notion of monocoque in particular. The idea of the monocoque is extrapolated from nature. An example such as the egg or the exoskeleton of a crab, a monocoque shell evenly distributes a point load on its surface structure preventing from puncture or disintegration. The structure of the building in conjunction with the ground fulfills a monocoque-like form. The exterior shape takes on the appearance of an aircraft wing as a reminder of and signage to what the building contains. The vertical variation of the roof structure is o intentional. Various folds in conjunction with light separate the program. e trough of the wing that dips is located at the central corridor. In relation to the rise of the form, it subtly draws patrons to the programmed nes. The slits of openings on the roof mimic control mechanisms of airplanes, and at the same time visually break up the skin of the roof to ho the programit^nvejooes. The roafmegyjghting controls a>e made up of tiny louversjjjjfln a glasSSTTUCture that limit the emission of light o the gallery.*1 SBfir. • »mtiMM; ie double loop circulation is made up of three ramps. Entering the Visiting Center, one confronts the .^tail space and the scientific exhibition. Two ramps await-the first ramp, adjacent to the retail space, ascends the observer to the upper level of gallery and theater. Another ramp next to the scientific exhibition leads to the aircraft exhibition at the lower level. The loops are completed by a third ramp that is located at the amphitheater that connects to the aircraft display. i« ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS Thank you Professpr PatrjciaPatkau for inspiring me and befng my siTenf critic for the past three and rfalf ^ears Thank you Professor Jerzy Wojtowizfor allowing me i&roanrfancLreacnibeyoncfmy.capjacity. . .7 Thank you Professor \Jeorge U L for your relentless.,, support and encouragement Could not have done st wifrroutyou. reasons, thankyAO^ know the 5 6 

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