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EXCELLENCE 2019
SMALL-SCALE PUBLIC L ANDSCAPES

HAPA COLLABORATIVE

FOOT OF LONSDALE
PLAZA
NORTH VANCOUVER, BC

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AT THE FOOT of North Vancouver's main street and central to
the dramatically re-imagined public waterfront, sits the recently
completed Foot of Lonsdale Plaza. The site was transformed from
a leftover landscape of dwindling industrial waterfront and parking
lots, into a public amenity with immediate gravitas thanks to a
keen attention to placemaking. The sleek, modern Polygon Gallery
delightfully contrasts with the bustling Tap & Barrel Restaurant,
housed in a heritage warehouse, and the two form perfect edges
for the framework of a lively public square. Completing the edges
are the stunning Vancouver skyline views and the long winding
Lonsdale Avenue. The site is also bisected by the regional Spirit
Trail that connects the Central Waterfront to other public sites on
the North Shore.
The design was sensitive to the magnitude of its dazzling
neighbours, the Polygon and the waterfront, by focusing on two
over-scaled and elegantly detailed elements: The Megabench and
the water feature.
The Megabench is a three-metre-wide and 50-metre-long deck.
Its undulating form mimics an ocean wave as well as the wooden
bike ramps built throughout the forests of North Vancouver's
mountains. The bench bridges a grade change of 18 inches (46
cm), from the plaza down to a metal grate walkway hovering
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over the water. This dip means that the view from the plaza is not
interrupted by guardrails and gives the bench and walkway a
feeling of closeness to the water and separation from the bustle of
the plaza. The form of the bench is not conventional, encouraging
people to occupy it in creative ways. Children are often careening
down the length of it, embracing its peaks and valleys with
laughter. The Megabench is a wildly organic and intricate shape
was constructed from over 1,000 red cedar boards by a small
group of carpenters, onsite, in only a couple of weeks! The richness
of the form belies its simplicity.
The water feature makes use of the site's natural cross slope; a thin
plane of water is carefully calibrated to flow in gentle waves across
a serrated stone surface, creating a mesmerizing, moiré effect.
"A very interesting project in that as you peel back layers, less is
more. This is the main point; a few moves executed thoughtfully
and carefully," the jury said. "Thoughtful interventions , such as the
Megabench, which is part sculpture and part practical seating, beg
to be experienced. The water feature is well done."
JOSEPH FRY
jfry@hapacobo.com



Landscapes - Summer 2019

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Landscapes - Summer 2019

To Begin With | Pour Commencer
Jurors + Writers
Prologue
Excellence 2019
Jury's Award of Excellence
Large-Scale Public Landscapes
Medium-Scale Public Landscapes
Small-Scale Public Landscapes
Residential Landscapes
Planning + Analysis
Research
Communication
Landscape Management
Critique
New Directions
Parting Shot
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Landscapes - Summer 2019 - Jury's Award of Excellence
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Landscapes - Summer 2019 - New Directions
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