generic lexapro formula metformin 1700 mg nexium 20 mg vidal lexapro 30 mg overdose buy viagra mg diflucan buy overnight glucophage order online nexium 20mg posologie buy levitra cheap diflucan 200 mg benefits prednisone 5 mg dosage zoloft 50 mg tab 100 mg cipro online doxycycline bp 100mg viagra online 100 mg cheap cialis 20mg zoloft 50 mg hinta order lexapro lexapro augmentin 200 mg pediatrico buy nexium philippines buy viagra guam xenical cheaper generic zoloft 50mg cheap doxycycline philippines pcos clomid 100mg generic equivalent viagra viagra online 24 levitra 10 mg kullanimi Cialis 20mg Washington buy nexium taiwan periactin 4 mg uses lexapro generic manufacturer generic viagra suppliers viagra trusted online kamagra pharmacy online lisinopril online buy nexium 80 mg dosage viagra 50mg generic gold viagra 800mg cialis 5 mg cmi 400mg viagra overdose periactin generic brand fake viagra online lisinopril 40mg tab cheapeast cialis 50 mg chinese viagra 800mg hydrochlorothiazide 50 mg uses prednisone 10 mg tablets bactrim 400 mg suspension jual levitra 5mg nexium 20 mg dosering levitra 20mg 12 tabl cialis 5 mg tabletas manfaat clomid 50mg priligy 30 mg fiyati generic cialis legal buy prednisone 20mg lisinopril generic 3761 buy clomid men viagra generic in 2012 propecia buy israel lexapro 10 mg pharmacy viagra venta online levitra 10 mg prezzo 10 mg prednisone taper metformin 850 mg tid viagra generic brand metformin 500 mg zydus 100mg viagra wiki medication lisinopril 10 mg valtrex generic cvs dividere levitra 10 mg buy levitra pharmacy prednisone 20 mg steroid augmentin 1000 mg fiyat 2011 zithromax buy usa lexapro 5mg daily 2.5 mg levitra reviews cialis cheap candra generic valtrex overnight cheap cialis 10mg generic zovirax herpes amoxil 1mg tablets doxycycline 200 mg used lisinopril 30 mg a 24 viagra 100 mg billig lisinopril online cheap order lisinopril hydrochlorothiazide cialis 100mg hinta augmentin 875 mg dose zoloft generic forms lexapro 5mg anxiety kegunaan zithromax 500 mg nexium generic usa clomid online illegal nexium pliculete 10 mg augmentin 500 mg pret cipro 500mg dosing 1000 mg of metformin beli cialis 10mg cheap buspar online 50mg kamagra forum cialis nere 800 mg buying viagra switzerland buy zithromax 1gm spray cialis buy levitra 25 mg lisinopril 10 mg g 101 zoloft 100mg tab buy doxycycline sydney amoxil mg online bestellen cialis prednisone 40 mg constipation buy propecia price canadian generic strattera viagra generic uae buy erythromycin uk buy one viagra buy hydrochlorothiazide online levitra 5 mg costo celebrex 200mg ibuprofen cialis soft 50 mg viagra generic company kamagra 150 mg jel order nexium online doxycycline 500mg tablets diflucan 100 mg candida metformin 500 mg hcl online viagra prices phenergan 25mg information online cialis bucharest propecia online safe prednisone 5omg hydrochlorothiazide zoloft 50 mg doctissimo cheap viagra pill levitra 90 pills online cytotec generico precio stopping 10mg prednisone 2 5 mg di levitra buy clomid canada propecia generic same euro generic viagra cialis 2.5 mg dosage zoloft 50 mg posologia qualitest prednisone 5mg cialis vendita online cheapest xenical online buy nolvadex gnc phenergan suppository 12.5mg cialis 100mg preis levitra orodispersible 10 mg prednisone 5mg 3 days kamagra buy australia online viagra pharmacies 20mg cialis often kamagra 100mg qatar buy online propecia 450 mg wellbutrin zitazonium nolvadex 10 mg ban viagra 100mg 20 mg of nexium viagra online apotheker cipro xr buy viagra generic australia buy viagra near 90001 levitra orosolubile generico order dapoxetine
Bing Thom Architects - Sunset Community Centre in Vancouver, Canada Print E-mail
Wednesday, 03 December 2008 01:56

comunity_center_01.jpg








Located in a vibrant neighborhood in Vancouver, Canada, the Sunset Community Centre was conceived as a link between nature and the multi-cultural communities that surround it.


The original Sunset Community Centre was sited two blocks from the nearest major street, lacking visibility and accessibility. To better serve the community, the re-development of the community centre situates the building on Main Street, a major north-south thoroughfare while sitting harmoniously among the fields, greenhouses and planting beds of the adjacent city nursery.


comunity_center_02.jpgComprised of five core components, Sunset Community Centre is capped by a dramatically curved roof, which in turn generates a series of curves and vibrant forms in the walls and floors below. The five main sections—administration, gymnasium, multipurpose, fitness, and preschool/youth activities—are united by double-height corridors and a cantilevered second floor walkway.
comunity_center_03.jpg
These program areas each achieve a distinct formal identity through the undulating roof forms which derive from the re-grading of the site where excavated material was used to form a series of large scale rolling grassy berms. These curves are repeated on the interior where wood ceilings rise and fall to give shape to the gymnasium and other major rooms, creating a strong connection to the exterior landscape.
comunity_center_04.jpg
comunity_center_05.jpgThe three primary elements of the building are the tilt-up concrete walls, the curvilinear roof and the curtain wall. The primary structure is composed of tilt-up concrete walls. The intent was to take a technology typically used for cheap big-box construction and push it into something more meaningful. The walls are comprised of 46 panels in total, each one uniquely shaped. To keep the architecture elemental, electrical conduit and some mechanical chases were cast in the walls to hide the services.

The roof structure of the new Sunset Community Centre echoes the topology of the land and suggests a sari floating in the air—a reference to the Indo-Canadian neighborhood at its edge—is constructed with open-web steel joists. The joists themselves are straight and each one sequentially rotated in section, with the steel deck tying the system together to create the curves. The joists bear on the tilt-up walls and on elliptical columns at the curtain wall.

The glazed curtain wall unifies the exterior with its strong horizontal pattern relieved by the distribution of three types of glass lights: clear, fritted in a striped pattern, and opaque white. As well as controlling solar heat gain, the distribution of these different panels varies to suit the function of the spaces enclosed and serves to control views to and from the building. Interior glazing completes this effect by opening up rooms to the circulation spines. A linear skylight running over the main corridor expresses the bisecting internal streets while illuminating the interior even on the rainiest days.2
comunity_center_06.jpg
A restrained west-coast palette of concrete, glass and wood, selected for their sustainability and local content, harmonizes with the landscape and gives the building a timeless quality. The polished, mottled concrete of the floors and walls is balanced by the hemlock panels of the ceiling and walkway. The fritted-glass façade of the front elevation reads as a playfully random checkerboard grid with its squares alternating playfully between opaque, translucent and transparent. Strategic window placement provides views to the adjoining plant nursery on the east side and peek-a-boo views to treetops and traffic on the west.

Project Credits:

Architect: Bing Thom Architects
Structural Engineer: Fast + Epp / StructureCraft
Mechanical Engineer: Stantec
Electrical Engineer: Stantec
Contractor: Haebler Construction

More on Bing Thom Architects:

About Bing Thom Architects

Featured Projects

bta_surrey.jpgCentral City in Surrey, British Columbia
As a part of the Greater Vancouver Regional District and one of the fastest growing cities in Canada, the City of Surrey in British Columbia has the catalyst for a new urban core in the Central City project.  Challenging the context in which it is situated with its form and scale, this large mixed-use project integrates 450,000 square feet of academic space for Simon Fraser University, 500,000 square feet of office space and 50,000 square feet of retail space with an existing 700,000 square foot regional shopping centre.


Related Articles:

Trackback(0)
Comments (0)Add Comment

Write comment

security code
Write the displayed characters


busy
Last Updated on Friday, 20 November 2009 14:53
 
© Copyright Cadtopia 2007-2010. All Rights Reserved.