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The Vancouver Aquatic Centre: in-between phenomenon : water and land Cheung, Lisa 1997

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IN-BETWEEN PHENOMENON: WATER A N D L A N D T H E VANCOUVER AQUATIC CENTRE by LISA C H E U N G B.A. (Arch. Studies), Hong Kong University, 1993 A THESIS SUBMITTED IN PARTIAL F U L F I L L M E N T OF T H E REQUIREMENTS FOR T H E D E G R E E OF M A S T E R O F ARCHITECTURE in T H E F A C U L T Y OF G R A D U A T E STUDIES School of Architecture We accept this thesis as conforming to the required standard T H E UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH C O L U M B I A May 1997 © Lisa Cheung, 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 ^jC-M'T^ TvrlE The University of British Columbia Vancouver, Canada Date A T , f^H DE-6 (2/88) A B S T R A C T A modern large recreational hall may hardly recognize a sense of human scale nor provide users the architectural meaning corresponding to the activities it accommodates. The experimental project of renovating the Vancouver Aquatic Center attempts to reinstate the relationship between the body, water and architecture. There exist certain sequence and pattern in participating various leisure/fitness activities which require mental and physical preparation. I focus on accentuating the transitional experiences at different stages of taking part swimming, diving, and hot baths by creating spaces to allow mental readiness for activities and contemplation of experience. Thus, I explore the perception of edges by marking of different threshold, making it subtle or bringing it out into presence. This practice requires much envision of walking through the building and anticipation of how space to be used which corresponds to my study of history of bathing and questions of perception. In order to reintroduce the social value of bathing which exists in Japanese bath and the like, I expand the facilities program parallel to the concept of Roman Thermae where people can meet and interact. Therefore, the proposed new aquatic centre seeks to enhance social and visual communication between the surrounding environment and the building, between users outside and inside, between different activities within the building. Moreover, initiated by the study of phenomenological architecture, this project revolves around the idea of intriguing memories and emotions through associative and tactile experience by the use of materials, spatial configuration, lighting, transparency and the placement of apertures to capture views. I try to provide diversified experience with different forms of water, steam, hot/cold temperatures, brightness/darkness, hard/soft land, submerge/emerge, clear/opaque and other perception of space. The ultimate goal of this experiment is to provide users the meanings of the architectural form, space, material and order, yet as well give potential to allow the users' own interpretations. ii T A B L E OF CONTENTS Abstract ii Table of Contents iii Acknowledgement iv Panel 1: Site Plan; Conceptual Diagram; North Elevation 1 Panel 2: Perspective of Building Exterior from the Burrard Bridge; Perspective of the Beach Avenue Elevation; Section AA; Northeast Elevation (cont'n) 2 Panel 3: Perspective of the Entrance Plaza; Section A'A'; First Floor Plan; Section B'B' 3 Panel 4: Perspective from wading pool towards external garden; Section C C; Ground Floor Plan; Section B'B' (cont'n) 4 Panel 5: Section CC (cont'n); Basement Floor Plan; Section BB 5 Panel 6: Northwest Elevation; Southeast Elevation; Section BB (cont'n) 6 Models: Roof Plan; Northeast (Street) Elevation; Top view of the restaurant and the pools area 7 View of the intersection of the water from the pond and the ramp; Perception of extension of water from the external pond to internal pond and then the pool and the seawater beyond; Lighting study of the hot whirlpool and saunas area 8 View of the social corridor at the entrance level; Perspective of the ramp—the promenade 9 iii A C K N O W L E D G E M E N T I acknowledge the contribution that my thesis committee members—George Yu, Raymond Cole and Bruce Carscadden, have made throughout the whole thesis process. Their enthusiasm, invaluable guidance and advice are deeply appreciated. In addition, special thanks are given to Bill Pechet and Moura Quayle for their precious critiques during the design stage. Many thanks to Peter Rutgers and Dana Walker of the Board of Parks and Recreation, and in particular Cliff Lemire of the Vancouver Aquatic Centre for their generosity of time and prompt assistance during the research. Above all, the project could not have been presented without the consistent love and encouragement from my family and my friends. I give my greatest gratitude to them and hope that I could return their support one day. iv 1 ' N O t T l U A S ' t E L E V A T I O N I 4 SECTION B B 


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