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it is quietly working behind its deep-red
façade, engineered with precision to
enrich and reestablish its surrounding
landscape. The firm's desire for this project
was that the captivating visual presence
of Metamorphous opens up important
dialogue among the public and design
communities around the resiliency of our
landscapes and its natural systems. It is an
example of how environmentally-based
approaches can still be imaginative and
playful, balancing function and aesthetics
to achieve something greater than it merely
being beautiful to view.

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wastage. Scaled mock ups were critical
in maintaining balance between design
integrity and functional considerations,
helping to simplify the complex forms while
respecting the original aesthetic vision.
The resulting efficiencies made costs
equivalent to what would have been the cost
of a series of concrete walls. Time frames
for construction were limited to daytime
hours during low tide, so all the panels were
fabricated and pre-assembled off-site in the
metal workshop. The wall components were
cut in 20-foot segments and transported to
the site for final assembly.

The Corten wall initially began as a 120
foot (36.5m) intervention, but as the
neighbouring clients were experiencing the
same erosion issues, they also agreed to
participate in the construction of the wall.
As a result, the wall now spans 200 feet
(some 60m).
To the firm, the balance between aesthetics
and functionality was critical, neither of
which could function without the other.
Metamorphous is a striking artistic gesture
which has a powerful visual impact and
continues to captivate even return visitors;
however, what is equally as powerful is how

Reflecting on the metamorphosis of the
urban coastline, Paul Sangha says, "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. It required envisioning a novel
design solution that could be artistic,
yet practical, marrying the two to create
functional art. Metamorphous is something
that has already changed since completion
and will continue to change and evolve.
Even in the short time it has been there, the
beach has come up in elevation and created
foreshore habitat, and it will continue to do
so as nature takes its course."
Quickly establishing itself as an integral
part of the city's coastline, Metamorphous
stands as a cutting edge design solution
that goes beyond simply solving a problem;
it elevates its environment and those in
it, providing functional and accessible
art that is helping sculpt an identity for
Vancouver's waterfront.

4 INSPIRATION
IMAGERY AND CONCEPT
DEVELOPMENT
5 BARNACLEINSPIRED FORMS
6 METAMORPHOUS
IN CONTRAST TO
CONVENTIONAL
RETAINING WALLS
ALONG THE SHORELINE
7 A VIBRANT GATHERING
SPOT EMBRACED BY
THE COMMUNITY
PHOTOS 4 PSLA
5, 6, 7 BRETT RYAN

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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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