The Link Building Oval & YVR Airport Canada Line StationEdit profile
These projects are part of a major, long-term expansion to address the ever-growing transportation needs at Canada’s second busiest airport, Vancouver International Airport in Vancouver, B.C. The Link building and the airport’s new Canada Line station are part of YVR’s master plan to becoming the premier global gateway for upwards of 21 million passengers by 2010. This duo of buildings is also part of the regional initiative of hosting the 2010 Winter Olympics. The Link building and Oval will be the central hub to the airport, connecting the domestic and international terminals, while increasing passenger, gate and ticketing capacity for YVR. The Canada Line ALRT station will connect passengers with downtown Vancouver and the lower mainland transit network and seamlessly connect the flow of airport and rapid transit passengers together. The Oval and YVR Airport Station concentrates on place making and wayfinding. Place making is about creating an exceptional public space and passenger experiences, while also balancing the constraints of cost, airport infrastructure and other important variables in airport planning and design. Wayfinding uses creative tools to ensure the efficient movement of the thousands of people as they transfer through the airport everyday. Together, these design elements incorporate the different flows of people from the Canada Line, international, domestic and trans-border group passengers visiting YVR. The Link Building & Oval's design features incorporates a soaring oval glass pavilion standing at 17 meters high, and with its unique shape creates a distinctive entry and front door for visitors. The design integrates the architecture of the two existing airport terminal buildings, while adding operational and customer service space including 24 new check-in kiosks, premium and group check-in, enhanced baggage facilities and additional office space. British Columbia First Nations art plays a key role in the interior design, including a beautifully carved 40’ high totem pole by Don Yeoman, a celebrated British Columbia Haida artist whose work can be found around the world. The First Nations art is just one of the many wayfinding elements incorporated into the design, other features include colours, textures, materials and sounds such as falling water over interior landscaped stone and a theatre lit ceiling dome that tells the story of the Northern Lights- the Aurora Borealis. It is a landmark element in a busy airport landscape that when seen together with the companion YVR airport station creates a Kodak moment. The new YVR Airport ALRT Station will link downtown Vancouver, Richmond City Centre and Vancouver International Airport. This station will be a gateway for visitors – connecting passengers from the airport through the new Link building to the transit service, which will depart YVR every 6 minutes. YVR Airport Station's architectural design features an open, flowing form with transparent elements that enhance and reinforce wayfinding and complements the new Link Building. The station’s glass structure and curvaceous organic form reinforces the visual connections between the airport and the land, sea, and sky of British Columbia"the elements that make up the Vancouver Airport Authority’s thematic master plan. The Station sits 18 metres above the ground plane on a bridge-like structure that straddles significant and complex existing airport infrastructure. It was conceived as a pavilion in the park to compliment and integrate with the existing and richly textured Chester Johnson Park that forms the arrival entry experience to YVR.