Sunday, October 29, 2017

The Rising of Vancouver House

In August of 2013 a development permit had gone up on Pacific Avenue regarding the intended development of Vancouver House.
I started documenting the neighborhood.
I had a front seat on a radical change process.
By September of 2015 all the buildings had been removed, the businesses relocated, & the site was ready for excavation.
Even these workers understood the historic moment at hand.
So here is the building & the site growing in time-lapsed images.
Most are taken from the north end of the building, the pointy end.

The first is just before the Big Pour. The excavation was complete, going 7 floors down.

The day of the Big Pour (500 cement trucks to empty into the ground in one day: March 19, 2016.

Built: 7 floors of parking spaces & getting up to street grade.
Floor by floor it grows.
Below:the building taken from the south side.
Now the slanted roof of one of 4 triangular buildings is shaping up. The tower is going up behind it.
...& then more of the exterior goes on..
& you can see the north pointy end of the building flattening out as well.
The BIG picture! That's an inside joke. Bjarke Ingels is the architect and his firm is Bjarke Ingels Group: BIG

These aren't totally in time order, but this is where things stand more or less right now. The other triangular sites are in various stages of excavation.
The specialized trades are here too: surveyors, quality control man for concrete, the hearing testers keeping tabs on workers, the ProTech surveys who document the whole process & the Putzmeister, who pushes stuff around [I think].

The workers, ah, my romance with the workers.

 The small story of the Vancouver House signs.
 The house shape, made for the Telling Stories show 2 years ago,  hung on the south side site banner
& a few weeks later I saw it again, for the last time. It was moved!
Then this little sticker appeared....on the banner.
This summer: the last large street home I've seen.
The building gets the last word.
I'm not yet sure if I 'like' it, but I have enormous respect for the complexity & enormity of the project.
That's it for now.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

BC Coast: Desolation Sound & Princess Louisa Inlet

The rocks, the water, the mountains, & clouds-- sublime!
We saw petroglyph. 
I wouldn't have noticed it without the help of our guide.
I bet you might have missed it too!
Pretty amazing!!
The mountains reminded me of Asian paintings with many layers of greys.

Some clouds were to die for.

I was very surprised at how few birds I saw.
Surf scooters below.
Sundry gulls only at the beginning of our outing...
A 'pet' eagle that was called out by our captain. He had chicken in the boat's freezer for this eagle. The eagle knew the boat!!
The chicken is in its talons.
Then there was a small flotilla of red-headed mergansers. I call them the woodpeckers of the water!
                                 They can be hard to see!
               One of the waterfalls was called Chatterbox Falls. 
Nearby was a sumptuous tree.

The rocks came in wonderful shapes & colors....

...& oystered & musseled...
& more rocks...


& a favorite tree....
I loved the exposed roots.
That's it for now.