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Pipe Shop Phase II

Early this year, the City of North Vancouver commissioned the second phase of the Pipe Shop. Primarily a building systems scope comprising a new HVAC system, complete with AC to condition the space, along with new lighting and controls –  the Pipe Shop will soon be a comfortable space for event goers.

 

There are only two architectural elements in this phase, but they will have a dramatic impact on the space. Acoustic panels will fasten to the ceiling to reduce the resonance of the room and an architecturally unique stair will provide access to a future lounge space in the mezzanine. In the interim, the mezzanine will be for staff access only.

 

 

 

The new Vancouver MEC Store in progress

Site located at 2nd and Quebec:

South-west corner of mass timber (& steel frame) structure with steel canopy supports

Second of 3- storey mass timber structure, (glulam & steel frame with 7-layer CLT floor & roof plates)

Photography courtesy of Jack Korb

Concept Design Project

This project consists of two distinct parts – the revitalization of an existing heritage building and the addition of a new 6-storey residential building at the back of the site. The main challenge was to create a volume that wasn’t imposing, that is respectful of the existing heritage building.

The cantilever of the upper levels was informed by zoning mandated setbacks from the lane, and provides an additional material and visual separation between existing and new construction.

The main entry and two storey lobby to the building have been located on the side street between the existing building and the addition, a linchpin connecting heritage and contemporary elements in juxtaposition.

Ample outdoor spaces on both north and south facades add depth to the architectural expression and provide the passive solar gain control required to meet energy targets.

 

 

 

Meet PAI Employee Juliette Dubois

 

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Where were you born? Brussels, Belgium

How did you get into design? I’ve always been touched by beautiful things and spaces and I wanted to improve people’s lives through my work, so design seemed like the perfect way to combine both.

What class in school has proven to be the least useful? None. Even the classes I thought weren’t useful at the time have turned out to be useful at some point in my life.

What is the best building of all time? The Taj Mahal, The Guggenheim Museum in  New York, La Fenice Theatre in Venice, The Ryoan-ji Temple in Kyoto.

Best brunch spot in Vancouver is… Chambar.

You never leave home without… A tape measure, you never know when you might need one!

Your Great Escape would be to… The Sunshine Coast, Southeast Asia, the Yukon to see the Northern Lights, Toronto, San Francisco, they are so many places to discover.

What single piece of technology makes your life easier? Smartphones

What is your spirit animal? The turtle

What word do you have trouble saying? Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

What gets better with age? Wisdom

Design Week MEC Head Office Tour

MEC Head Office Tour

(May 11, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., at 1077 Great Northern Way)

Get a behind-the-scenes look at MEC, the grand-daddy of sporting-goods stores in Vancouver, with a free tour of the company’s East Van HQ. Led by the company’s CEO, CFO, and senior director of product design, as well as Hugh Cochlin, principal of Proscenium Architecture + Interiors, the jaunt will walk visitors through the massive LEED Platinum–certified building, and offer info about the retail co-op’s sustainability and technical-design work. RSVP to katie.furniss@mec.ca.