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Architect Structure Landscape Client Completed Address Transit Access 28 Busby Perkins+Will Glotman Simpson Consulting Engineers Phillips Farevaag Smallenberg Wall Financial Corporation 2001 1001 Hornby Street Burrard, Vancouver City Centre lobby only DOWNTOWN CENTRAL 29 SCOTIABANK DANCE CENTRE As is often the case in Vancouver, the collage of contemporary necessity and historic legacy is reduced to the preservation of an historic façade, behind which an entirely new programme of use is constructed.
Beyond its own internal logic, the project’s unprecedented density presents a vivid juxtaposition of scale to its historic surroundings. The result of a lengthy two-stage competition and substantial subsequent community engagement, the project resurrects a once vital site in the midst of an economically challenged community. The strategy of emphasizing the public role of the internal courtyard rather than supporting existing streetscapes is bold, and its success will ultimately be critical in determining the full measure of accomplishment in urban terms.
Amidst the architectural ambitions evident, it is interesting to compare the material opulence of the Shangri-La tower with the original 1969 MacMillan Bloedel headquarters designed by Arthur Erickson across Georgia Street – smoke and mirrors facing off with post-war Doric, as it were. VANCOUVER CONVENTION CENTRE WEST This major expansion of Vancouver’s convention hosting capacity was constructed, in part, to serve as the International Broadcast Centre for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. Something of the aura of spectacle remains in the form of both the building and the adjacent public plaza.