African Design Magazine December 2015 - Page 55

International project South Creek Landing T his project boasts a number of design “firsts” for the architectural typology. The dynamic free-form steel spandrels emphasize the vortex energy of the bridgehead site. The light reflecting colour was chosen to increase light penetration to the interior on overcast days typical in Vancouver. Spandrels are shaped and engineered to maximize passive solar shading, while simultaneously working as privacy screens blocking light and noise from the adjacent bridge traffic and bustling pedestrian walkways below. Named one of the 15 best buildings in Vancouver by Planning Director Brian Jackson, this iconic project perched on the southwest end of the Cambie Street Bridge, stands as the symbolic gateway to Vancouver’s uptown. DYNAMIC: Building vocabulary is sweeping and spiraled to capture the energy created by the adjacent bridge ramps. Edges are curved and fragmented to evoke the idea of movement, as if the energy of the street itself is peeling the surfaces of the building apart. The building turns its corners in prow-like forms that track sun-angles and provide passive horizontal and vertical sunshading. RESPONSIVE: Arno Matis Architecture used its ‘REsponsive’ design approach to address the Click here to read more 55