ArcAce’s The Invisible Hub
**A community Hub in Vancouver**
This community hub is hidden behind its landscape in a form recognizing the influence of nature over architecture. The edges between architecture and nature become invisible and intertwine.
The biophilic resulting structure anchors itself far from clear borders announcing a new harmonious relationship and provokes real resiliency. This structure (or structures) orient with no apparent concern for “wall” or “ceiling” or “floor” as this project is merged within its site levels and its surrounding greenery, dissolving the usual distinctions of figure/field, and built/natural. This project seeks to renew the social and environmental ecologies of the city and its people.
Coming out from this hub there is a loud invitation for social interaction. Elevate the community in a place where people and nature can thrive together!
1.1- Seeking built-natural integration:This architecture/nature duality is explored apart from traditional construction methods by using different design approaches such as designing green platforms/or floors to integrate within the outdoor greenery; and/or by utilizing living surfaces and natural materials. The building is quietly blending with nature.
2.2- Stimulating shared interests for urban social integration. The students (from the educational buildings on the east side) and the families (from the residential buildings on the south side), find self expression through the art display which will help to eliminate the social gap and raise awareness in the role of art.
3.3- Connecting urban spaces and pathways for spatial integration:This hub incorporates the existing surrounding urban spaces and pathways with the proposed ones, making this project an open invitation for families, walkers, and students to come and connect. The project is easily to be accessed from different directions and levels
4.4- Providing vibrant outdoor spaces for mingling The hub outdoor spaces are as important and vibrant as the indoor spaces. They can work as outdoor break, keeping in mind the universities’ students lack outdoor spaces.
5.5- Integrating the hub levels seamlessly with the streets.Dealing with a sunken site surrounded by split levels on its edges would be turned into a design opportunity and excitement.
**This Area to Be walk able and Transit Accessible**
To make the area walk able and less dominated by cars, a good pedestrian and biking pathways were added to this neighborhood. This site location is directly on the bike path and is expected to allow for easy pass through of bikes as well as ample space to park bikes as needed.There are many frequently running buses along Great-Northern Way.In Addition, a new planned fast sky-train station will be built on the right corner of Great Northern way and Thornton (showed in a pale shadow thick line curving towards the East on the map bellow). That sky-train extension will bring many people to this area making it a more vibrant. Providing these pedestrians and biking paths in addition to the fast convenient public transit will reduce enormously the need for cars Keeping this in mind, in addition to the available parking area on the east and the west side there is no plan to incorporate a car parking on this site.
**The City of Vancouver Future Planning**
A number of useful hints for the area are laid out in a City of Vancouver document titled “GREAT NORTHERN WAY CD-1 GUIDELINES”, most recently amended July 22, 2014. It’s understood that this is not necessarily the requirement of this plot of land, but the document can nonetheless be useful in the process.
Key passages to keep in mind are the following:
– “Create a strong sense of place and identity by reflecting both the industrial history and emerging media and arts character through architecture, site planning, design and public realm features”
– City of Vancouver is looking for ‘innovative architecture’.
– City of Vancouver focus on ‘Pedestrian Scale’.
– Vibrant and inclusive neighborhoods
– Through a set of measurable and attainable targets, we are putting Vancouver on the path to becoming the greenest city in the world.
Internationally recognized city that meets the needs of generations to come
**Site coverage and setback requirements**
The site area is 3420 sqm
The required FAR (floor area ratio for all floors) is 0.75Maximum 50% of the lot to be built, 1710 sqm should be left unbuilt
Covered outdoor spaces are not considered art of the FAR
The rest is an open area5 m setback from all lot edges Maximum 3 floors (14m) above the current lot level**Space Requirements**Over 25,000 sqm housed in 2 buildings (with 5 zones to include Lobby & Retail, Sports, Art & Media, Community Spaces, and Cafe), to reflect both the unique and shared needs of the community.
Walk ability and public transit are encouraged in the area.No need for car parking since there is some car parking nearby.Outdoor Social space/spaces and green roofs are encouraged.
Note: up to 15% variation from the above needed space area is accepted.
This community hub is hidden behind its landscape in a form recognizing the influence of nature over architecture. The edges between architecture and nature become invisible and intertwine. The biophilic resulting structure anchors itself far from clear borders announcing a new harmonious relationship and provokes real resiliency.
Link to Competition
Link to Registration form
First place winner: $250
First 5 winners: will be featured on social media and in the magazine, and awarded certificates.
Type of Competition
Open to the public/Minimum requirements (Open to anyone that complies with the requirements), Single stage (Winners selected immediately)
Who can Participate
Students and Graduates can participate.
Dates and Time Frame
Registration Closes April 15, 2022
Deadline to Submit Project June 30, 2022
Winners announcement Date
Location of Competition
Banner, Poster, Brochure or Triptic of Competition