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Still Creek interpretation facility Boothroyd, Gregory Stephen 1997

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STILL CREEK INTERPRETATION FACILITY by GREGORY STEPHEN BOOTHROYD B.A., The University of British Columbia, 1991 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 April 1997 © Gregory Stephen Boothroyd, 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. Department of The University of British Columbia Vancouver, Canada Date 3& , WC Ml-DE-6 (2/88) ABSTRACT This thesis explores the notion of site as a generative basis for architecture. Site is conceived not only as a plot of land where a building is located, but also as something that is the result of agency: the architectural intervention. Site is thus constructed with architecture; it is as much a consequence as a thing. Still Creek was chosen as a provocative site in which to explore this idea. Once Vancouver's largest salmon-bearing stream. Still Creek now exists in a barren, degraded state — the result of a century of urbanization. In its fragmented course from its headwaters to Burnaby Lake, Still Creek flows above and below ground through a diversity of site conditions, ranging from a primeval ravine to a polluted industrial area. Recently, sensibilities about the stream have changed. There are presently a variety of groups interested in Still Creek, not only as a public amenity, but also as an urban ecosystem. In response, it was proposed that (1) an urban trail be located along the discontinuous course of the stream, and (2) a facility be located along the stream that addresses some of the needs of these interested groups. The Still Creek Interpretive Facility marks both the beginning of the stream and the start of the urban trail. Located at the edge of the Renfrew Ravine where the stream first emerges from a subterranean culvert, the building makes apparent the many forces present on the site. An initial gesture of excavation reveals the culvert and demarcates a constructed and a natural edge. The constructed edge of the excavation is heightened with a veil of translucent solar panels that diffuse sunlight and help power the building. A wood screen along the natural edge of the excavation acts as a foil to the alder forest, allowing the building to maintain a quiet presence in the ravine as well as creating shimmering views of colour and light. The stream fills the lowest part of the excavation, mitigating high runoff flows and making a reflective pool for light, precipitation, and sound. The excavation and screen walls form a vessel into which mute volumes are inserted, creating a variety of indoor and outdoor spaces, some relating more to site, others relating more to programme. Exterior building circulation winds through the whole assembly — an extension of the urban trail — forming a rich experiential descent from street...through building...to stream beyond... ii TABLE OF CONTENTS Title Page Abstract ii Table of Contents iii Acknowledgement iv Roof Plan 1 Longitudinal Section 2 North Elevation 3 South Elevation 4 Fourth Floor Plan 5 Third Floor Plan 6 Second Floor Plan 7 First Floor Plan 8 Section A 9 Section B 10 Section C 11 Section D 12 Section E 13 Section F 14 North View 15 South View 16 Aerial View 17 North View 18 Library 1 Research Pavilion 19 North Wall Detail 20 iii ACKNOWLEDGEMENT I would like to thank my committee, John Patkau and Scott Romses, for their perspicacious and thoughtful criticism; my crew, Maureen Kwong, Michael Lo, Tim Newton, and Andrew Wallace, for their tireless assistance in assembling my presentation, and; most importantly, my chair, Patricia Patkau, whose patience, perceptiveness, and wisdom made all this an invaluable educational experience. I would also like to thank my parents, Graham and Eva Boothroyd, for their continuous support throughout my university education; and the boys at Acton Johnson Ostry Architects for their encouragement during my years at architecture school. iv CO Ul 'OtDCOvlOlOlfcW O O O D sr =s sr 5 8 2 3 o' cr ° 3 2 . -5 f i G w CD O o 3 a (0 5rn i-i—U pirgJ ILT be 3H CO M n o 3 4 00 (0 IS) O 


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