Located across the foot path at the south end of the Beaver Lake trail in Stanley Park, the proposed intervention plays an inter-connective role between architecture, site, program, user and local ecological systems. The architecture spans across the path, encouraging interaction and exploration, as well as a cross-sectional experience of the ecosystems found within the site.
The site selected for the intervention is along the south end of the footpath around Beaver Lake. The building is placed directly across the path, encouraging interaction and exploration, as well as a cross-sectional experience of the ecosystems found within the site.
I became interested in the correlations and relationships between the different ecological systems found around the lake, and thus the intervention began taking on a linear form, creating an experiential link across the systems. I was also interested in the quality of connection: Interconnectivity between the building, the site, the users and the systems.
Program: Focusing on this quality of interconnectivity
Connecting the research lab activities with the public and students via a transparent upper storey lab pavilion, which is visible and semi interactive. Public viewing platforms allow for unprescribed experiences of the site.
The building bridges the path and forms a cavity of transition and connection. Looking upwards from the path connects you to the people above, vice versa. The main ramp and stairs are carved out of the building mass, seemingly one with the earth. The ramp wraps around 3/4 of the building, encouraging connection and appreciation of the site. One feels like they're entering the canopy of the building as you ascend through the rain screen beginning on the second level. A glazed research presentation area, seemingly floating above the bog, connects people to the lake and the surrounding systems.
Software used: Revit, AutoCAD, Illustrator, Photoshop