Can a parking lot be beautiful?

Vancouver International Airport Templeton Value Long Term Parking Lot

Our challenge was to encompass 3 architectural components with one shared design structure without compromising individual identity and function.

The solution involved a cost-effective modular and highly re-adaptable approach in which the vehicular entry gate canopies, the pedestrian canopies and the bus shelter exude one Architectural language.

A structural roof frame that incorporates an aerodynamic gesture was used as a module and sized to reflect the dimensional requirement of each function. When combined in different configurations and quantity, the modules create the form that best suits each use. 71 modules were used for the pedestrian walkway canopy. PVC coated fabric was selected as the rood covering for economy, and speed of fabrication and installation. For the entry gate and bus station, architectural deck and standing seam metal roofs were chosen for durability and aesthetics.

The modular approach is based on re-usability, future adaptability and minimum construction wastage

Take a walk on the beautiful side

Vancouver International Airport Parkade Walkway Reconfiguration

The pedestrian walkways from the parkade rental car level needed weather protection and we had some ideas.

Our proposal was a fabric canopy designed with an aero-tectonic expression to compliment the existing design vocabulary of the airport terminal. We also widened the pathway to accommodate two-way pedestrian traffic with luggage carts and improved the illumination.

Rivet was used throughout the design process, from visualization to construction document. Rivet modelling was also used to resolve the complicated geometry of the walkway structure which both curves and slopes because of the topography of the site. The model was then used by the fabric structure fabricator to model their tensile structure. Finally, our lighting consultants used the model to try out the lighting effect during the design phase. We’d say its a different way to do a walkway.