Articulated the form for one of the Rogers Arena Towers using parametric tools. Linear and arced lines connect the points in plan while simple vertical tubes provide control of the undulating overall form in elevation.
Rapid prototyping was necessary to facilitate the design process as the undulating residential tower sits on a compact triangular site between two downtown stadiums. The demolition of the viaduct behind the building was also being considered by Vancouver urban planners, which caused our property line and building core to move after the building contours were essentially complete. These contours were easily iterated due to the parametric logic that could synchronize with limitations such as site boundary, unit layouts, structural capacity and balcony details.
Individual floor plate outlines were generated with set-out coordinates for straight or circular slab edge formwork. Since the analogue coordinates were mapped in 3D using grasshopper before producing individual drawings, parametric accuracy could be assessed as a whole. Balcony stanchion points are also laid out parametrically this way.
These drawings successfully documented the geometry for a very basic analogue construction technique without the use of custom formwork that would need to be discarded. The concrete structure for this residential tower has been successfully completed and guard rail installation is presently underway.
LOCATION Vancouver, BC PERIOD 2012.4 - 2014.4 (DAO) STRUCTURE Reinforced concrete SCALE 32 stories, 5 basement SITE AREA 18,700 m2 BUILDING AREA 663 m2 FLOOR AREA 15,528 m2 PHOTOGRAPHY Francl Architecture (1)