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"It was about reinventing age-old
practices and radically altering how we
view our urban coast line, balancing
enhancement from both an aesthetic
and environmental point of view."
Paul Sangha

long sculptural marvel that has sparked
the curiosity of the Vancouver community
and beyond. Together, with a progressive,
multi-disciplinary team, the firm took an
opportunity re-write the ubiquitous and
age-old solution to waterfront retention,
and instead, infuses a little magic into the
endless façade of grey which characterized
the Vancouver waterfront.
The metamorphosis began when the King
Tides struck the B.C. coastline. PSLA
was approached by a couple to provide
a solution to their Vancouver waterfront
property where the tides had carved out the
entire bank, leaving their deck completely
suspended. Previous foreshore experience
had already proven that constructing
oceanfront concrete walls resulted in
significant foreshore erosion. Instead
of opting for this common solution that
characterized most of the city's oceanfront
homes, Sangha and his firm took this as an

opportunity to create something unique
and unlike any other waterfront property
in Vancouver. Thus began a pursuit to
transform the deteriorated perimeters
of the site, and within its larger context,
a mission to reshape the concrete-laden
identity of the Vancouver waterfront.
Reflecting on the current state of the site
and its waterfront, the firm looked at how
it could infuse the rugged natural beauty
of British Columbia's coastline back into
the urban center, though with a playful
twist. The team drew inspiration from
the articulated sandstone formations
seen along B.C.'s coast line, envisioning
this sculptural wall as a reinterpretation
of a natural shoreline of rock. From the
way water intermingled with foreshore
and lapped against its articulated rock
forms, the team set out to capture these
ephemeral qualities and reinstate them in a
beachfront left neglected and deteriorated.

The collective aesthetic vision and
dedication of a forward-thinking multidisciplinary team were invaluable
throughout the design and construction
process. Metamorphous, at its essence,
was to be both functional and a bold
artistic expression, both of which were
co-dependent elements. This vision
was upheld through to its completion,
extending beyond the design team, to
include engineers, metal fabricators, a
construction team and a passionate and
progressive client.
The firm worked with oceanic engineers,
Balanced Environmental, to develop a
solution that would not only retain the
bank but also enhance the foreshore and
reinstate the beach that was devastated
by tidal forces. The original inspiration of
coastal rock forms became the formwork
for retaining the bank, and waterjet cut
Corten steel forms were combined to
create a dynamic, multi-faceted wall that
was both self-supporting and visually
intriguing at the same time. The wall's
abstracted shape would play an integral
role in dissipating wave energy and
ultimately, facilitating the deposition of
sand that would enhance foreshore and
create habitats for flora and fauna. The
wall position was designed to arc slightly
inwards toward the upland in order to
minimize the footprint below the high water
elevation. To further extend the longevity of
the work through future decades, concrete
was shotcrete behind the Corten wall,
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WRITERS | NOS RÉDACTEURS
PROLOGUE > FR_ EN_LP
ESSAY | ESSAI LA BEAUTÉ COMME EXPºÉRIENCE
THREE PILLAR CONCEPTS OF CHINESE LANDSCAPE AESTHETICS
LA BEAUTÉ D’UNE INFRASTRUCTURE VIVANTE
SOUS LES ÉTOILES
BEAUTIFUL BOKEH – ACTIVATING THE WINTER LANDSCAPE THROUGH COLOUR
METAMORPHOUS
UNE ÉTRANGE BEAUTÉ
CRITIQUE
I KEEP TAKING THE SAME PHOTO
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