1/22/12

BIG development at Granville Loops


Is this the future of the coveted Granville Loops' site? Rumour has it... Check out the article at Vancity Buzz.

1/16/12

Now on Facebook

Just a bit of housekeeping - I set up a Facebook page feed for Architecture Wanted. If you prefer to get your news there, like the page here.

1/15/12

VanDusen revisited - the new Visitor Centre


via Montechristo
The new visitor centre at VanDusen Botanical Garden designed by Perkins and Will opened last October and a couple of weeks later I had a chance to visit it. If you have not seen it, you should check it out  - it is excellent.


It has no less than a LEED Platinum rating, the top possible building rating for environmental performance,  and it is net-zero energy - it generates its own energy. But combined with its environmental achievement, is a dramatic architectural experiment, showing us that high 'green' grades can go together with exciting spaces and massing moves.

I have done an earlier post on the design here, and although the design changed since then - as they organically always do - I was as into it during my visit as I was in my post. The one surprise was just how much intensity was in one rather small building. Everything was to the max - the sweeping curves, the detailing, the materiality. There is enough here for a few buildings!

Many many excellent articles have been written recently:


And here is a fun videos from Perkins and Will.

As for images, you will find many awesome ones on this Flickr set by VanDusen Gardens. Below is a mixture of images by others, the nice ones, and by me, not as nice since I had no other option but to take them with my phone camera.

via Vancouver Sun
via Vancouver Sun
by Raymond Chan
by Dan Toulgoet
Agnieszka Stryjecka
By Perkins and Will





1/8/12

SALA Spring 2012 Lectures

Just got this full line-up today - click on picture to see it larger. Many exciting speakers.