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"It is an example of how
environmentally-based
approaches can still be
imaginative and playful..."

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Standing alongside its faceted exterior, the
sheer scale of the wall is nothing short of
impressive. From one extent to the other,
the dynamic wall folds and bends from small
scale barnacle-like formations to larger
boulder-like gestures.

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which would allow the wall to retain its
sculptural expression and character long
after the Corten façade disintegrated.
Beyond the wall, boulder groupings were
strategically placed along its base and
extended out to the shore to disperse wave
energy, retain sand and pebble substrate,
and promote dune grass colonization,
visually blending the sculptural work with
the shoreline. Native species were planted
at the high shoreline to enhance previously
existing habitats and increase biodiversity
along the area.
To Sangha, materiality was a critical
component in capturing the essence
and beauty of the ever-changing coastal
landscape. Corten steel was a bold contrast
to the greys which dominated the site and
surrounding area. At the same time, its
earthy textures and deep rust tones felt
fitting and seamlessly blended with the
landscape. As the sun, shade and weather

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forces are absorbed into its rich, multifaceted faces, it will evolve over the seasons
and years, changing colours and textures
alongside the ever-evolving coastal habitat
in which it resides. The sculptural wall has
been embraced as a sort of public art piece
among the community, and as such, the
wall has experienced significantly less
graffiti and tagging on its façade than the
adjacent concrete retaining walls. Even in
instances where people have tagged its
faces, its evolving and textured surface
and the strength of its articulated forms
shine through.
Today, the walls blend together deep
reds, vibrant oranges and vivid copper
hues. Inspired by the surrounding beach,
the plants at the foot and top of the wall
mirrors the natural riparian vegetation of
the area. Locally sourced boulders and the
textures of the grasses juxtapose the red
tones, and the strong geometry of the wall
creates a striking and captivating contrast.

At the same time, Metamorphous has
the ability to relate to the human scale,
ranging from seven to 13 feet (2-4 m) at
various points, its form creating a sense of
intimacy and relatability the neighboring
retaining walls lack. Dune grasses have since
established and sand has deposited at the
foot of the wall, and since Metamorphous'
completion, the shoreline has transformed
entirely. Whether it is groups of passerby's
picnicking at its feet, onlookers gazing from
West Vancouver shores, or kayakers slowing
their pace to capture a photo, the entire
city has embraced the transformative wall.
Once disconnected and deteriorated, the
shoreline has been relinked and the beach
re-established for the public to enjoy. Its
playful façade sparkles, establishing a sense
of place along a coast of grey.
Sangha worked with Fossil Project Services
for installation and Drabek Technologies
for the fabrication of the Corten steel.
From multiple hand-sketched iterations,
both physical and computer models
were developed, with the computer
model being fed into an automated water
jet cutter in order to minimize material



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

TO BEGIN WITH | POUR COMMENCER
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
THE PARTING SHOT | UNE DERNIÈRE SALVE
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Landscapes - Winter 2019 - cover1
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Landscapes - Winter 2019 - TO BEGIN WITH | POUR COMMENCER
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Landscapes - Winter 2019 - WRITERS | NOS RÉDACTEURS
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Landscapes - Winter 2019 - PROLOGUE > FR_ EN_LP
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Landscapes - Winter 2019 - ESSAY | ESSAI LA BEAUTÉ COMME EXPºÉRIENCE
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Landscapes - Winter 2019 - THREE PILLAR CONCEPTS OF CHINESE LANDSCAPE AESTHETICS
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Landscapes - Winter 2019 - LA BEAUTÉ D’UNE INFRASTRUCTURE VIVANTE
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Landscapes - Winter 2019 - SOUS LES ÉTOILES
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Landscapes - Winter 2019 - BEAUTIFUL BOKEH – ACTIVATING THE WINTER LANDSCAPE THROUGH COLOUR
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Landscapes - Winter 2019 - METAMORPHOUS
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Landscapes - Winter 2019 - UNE ÉTRANGE BEAUTÉ
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Landscapes - Winter 2019 - CRITIQUE
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Landscapes - Winter 2019 - I KEEP TAKING THE SAME PHOTO
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