Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
2211 Cambie – South Creek Landing in Vancouver, Canada by Arno Matis Architecture
February 19th, 2018 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Arno Matis Architecture
A once forgotten site sitting adjacent a new underground rapid transit line, this project sits on the southern gateway of Vancouver’s grand Cambie boulevard.
Designed to capture the vortex energy of the neighbouring bridgehead, building vocabulary is sweeping and spiraled to capture this energy created by the adjacent bridge ramps. Edges are curved and fragmented to evoke the idea of movement, as if the energy of the street itself is pealing the surfaces of the building apart. The building turns its corners in prow-like forms that track sun-angles and provide passive horizontal and vertical sun-shading.
The proposal is set back and curved to invite pedestrians from the neighbouring transit hub to slip along its edges as the pedestrian realm is humanized with new street level landscaping and trees.
PASSIVE FAÇADE: The solar signature of each façade was carefully mapped and the result was a tailored system that is not only an effective passive solar control tool, but also serves as a privacy screen from the bridge traffic to the northeast, while opening to views to the northwest.
The gradation of the fragmented slab projections create an ever changing pattern of light and shadow on the façade. The white reflecting color was chosen to increase light penetration to the interior on overcast days typical in Vancouver. The roof decks created by the building massing strategy open up exciting possibilities for outdoor recreation and social interaction within the project.
INFRASTRUCTURE CONSTRAINTS: An underground skytrain, platform and bridge ramps at grade resulted in an irregular site configuration. Underground, the condition was addressed with a car elevator and underpinning. Above grade, the sweeping and spiraled building form responds to this context.
LIGHT ART: The building form is emphasized through a light art installation that recalls the frenetic movement of head and taillights.
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