Vancouver, BC, Canada
|Design Architect||Nick Milkovich Architects Inc.|
|Design Consultant||Arthur Erickson|
|Production Architect||LDYW Architects|
|Size||West Building - 106,100 square feet
East Building - 55,750 square feet
Canada House residential buildings were the home of the Canadian Olympic Team during the 2010 Games. The buildings are located on the waterfront at the north-west corner of the Millennium Water development on South East False Creek in Vancouver. The site is bounded by bicycle and pedestrian trails on three sides and the artery Athletes Way on the south side, which is the only vehicular access to the site. The complex is divided into two volumes located along the east and west boundaries of the land.
The distribution of the program into two separate buildings created a large sunny courtyard with a reflecting pool and a light sculpture. The court is the unifying element of the project and serves as access for pedestrians and vehicles.
The sculptural volumes of the two buildings is caused by the rotation of the floors from one floor to another. This movement allows for greater sunshine in the garden to the west of the site and reduces shadows on the nearby bike path. The dynamic silhouette of the buildings is enhanced by the coating of glass and stainless steel fish scales that senses light and creates interesting shadows.
This building is LEED© Gold Certified.