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Vancouver Public Library Competition, British Columbia (1991)

Vancouver Public Library Competition, British Columbia (1991)

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People

  • Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects (archive creator)

Title

Vancouver Public Library Competition, British Columbia (1991)

Dates of creation

1991-1992

Level of archival description

Project

Extent and Medium

  • 526 drawings (including 17 reprographic copies)
  • 13 paintings (including 1 reproduction)
  • 6 photographs
  • 1 model with battery
  • 0.001 l.m. of textual records

Scope and Content

This project series documents a competition entry for the Vancouver Public Library in Vancouver from 1991-1992. The office identified the project number as 69112.

The competition entry, submitted in 1991, consisted of the design of Vancouver's new public library, to be situated on the block between Homer, Georgia, Hamilton and Robson Streets. The project design included a seven-floor library connected by a walkway to an adjacent twenty-floor office tower that would house Public Works Canada. Both buildings had V shaped canopies on their roofs that looked like open books when viewed at an elevation. To the front of the library at ground level was the two-storey Library Concourse; a large hall made of glass windows and stone. The Concourse connected to the Robson Street entrance, and the Library Hall entrance at the corner of Homer and Georgia Streets. The architects described this as a porch-like space to be used for gatherings, public events, exhibits and displays. Moving into the heart of the library, patrons would pass through a cylindrical rotunda which extended upwards through every floor and above the roof terrace. The library would also have 2 levels of underground parking and a basement level with a circular theatre, concession areas and staff work areas. The ground floor would primarily consist of library stacks and tables but also included would be a gift shop, children's area, daycare, staff spaces, and an outdoor play area. The remaining floors were designated for library stacks, staff work areas and services. The top floor would hold administrative offices, built in a U shape around a large terrace. The terrace, complete with gardens, could be used for library events. This building would largely be made of glass windows at its exterior, with a round glass rotunda piercing through its rectangular shape.

This project was never built. Although Kuwabara, Payne, McKenna, Blumberg Architects were finalists in this competition, the contract was eventually won and built by architect Moshe Safdie.

The project is recorded through drawings, presentation panels, paintings, photographs and a model dating from 1991-1992. The drawings, which are mostly originals, include sketches, plans, sections, elevations, perspectives and isometrics. There are a number of watercolours (some mounted) and drawing panels used as presentation materials which have small texts about the project's design intention. The aquisition records for the 1993 donation of these project materials identify Michael McCann as the artist of 7 paintings in this project series; however it is not clear which 7 paintings were completed by this artist. The photographs show the completed project model, which is also contained in this project series.

Reference Number

AP056.S1.1991.PR01

Arrangement

Materials in this project series were arranged by design phase during an earlier treatment of this fonds. Materials have now been compiled from different accessions and some have been arranged by material type.

Location

Vancouver British Columbia Canada

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    • Reference Number: AP056.S1.1991.PR01.001
    • Title: Sketches including elevations, perspectives and isometrics, Vancouver Public Library Competition, British Columbia
    • Dates of creation: circa 1991
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 54 drawings
    • 1 reprographic copy with coloured pencil

    Dimensions:

    Sheet (smallest):31 x 24 cm Sheet (largest): 77 x 31 cm

    Credit line:

    Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects/
    Gift of Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects

    Folder Number:

    056-002-01

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    • Reference Number: AP056.S1.1991.PR01.002
    • Title: Sketches including elevations and perspectives, Vancouver Public Library Competition, British Columbia
    • Dates of creation: circa 1991
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 53 drawings

    Dimensions:

    Sheet (smallest):31 x 18 cm Sheet (largest): 89 x 31 cm

    Credit line:

    Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects/
    Gift of Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects

    Folder Number:

    056-002-02

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    • Reference Number: AP056.S1.1991.PR01.003
    • Title: Sketches including isometrics and perspectives, Vancouver Public Library Competition, British Columbia
    • Dates of creation: circa 1991
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 46 drawings

    Dimensions:

    Sheet (smallest): 31 x 18 cm Sheet (largest): 74 x 31 cm

    Credit line:

    Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects/
    Gift of Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects

    Folder Number:

    056-002-03

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    • Reference Number: AP056.S1.1991.PR01.004
    • Title: Sketches including isometrics, perspectives, elevations and plans, Vancouver Public Library Competition, British Columbia
    • Dates of creation: 1991
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 57 drawings

    Dimensions:

    Sheet (smallest): 27 x 14 cm Sheet (largest): 140 x 31 cm

    Credit line:

    Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects/
    Gift of Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects

    Folder Number:

    056-002-04

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    • Reference Number: AP056.S1.1991.PR01.005
    • Title: Sketches including isometrics, perspectives, elevations and plans, Vancouver Public Library Competition, British Columbia
    • Dates of creation: circa 1991
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 48 drawings

    Dimensions:

    Sheet (smallest): 39 x 37 cm Sheet (largest): 126 x 53 cm

    Credit line:

    Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects/
    Gift of Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects

    Folder Number:

    056-001-01

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    • Reference Number: AP056.S1.1991.PR01.006
    • Title: Sketches including perspectives and plans and accompanying notes, Vancouver Public Library Competition, British Columbia
    • Dates of creation: circa 1991
    • Form: drawings, textual records
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 52 drawings
    • 2 reprographic copies
    • 0.001 l.m. of textual records

    Dimensions:

    Sheet (smallest): 30 x 26 cm Sheet (largest): 44 x 28 cm

    Credit line:

    Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects/
    Gift of Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects

    Folder Number:

    056-003-01

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    • Reference Number: AP056.S1.1991.PR01.007
    • Title: Sketches including elevations, isometrics and plans, Vancouver Public Library Competition, British Columbia
    • Dates of creation: circa 1991
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 51 drawings

    Dimensions:

    Sheet (smallest): 30 x 18 cm Sheet (largest): 50 x 31 cm

    Credit line:

    Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects/
    Gift of Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects

    Folder Number:

    056-004-01

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    • Reference Number: AP056.S1.1991.PR01.008
    • Title: Sketches including perspectives, elevations and isometrics, Vancouver Public Library Competition, British Columbia
    • Dates of creation: circa 1991
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 46 drawings

    Dimensions:

    Sheet (smallest): 42 x 18 cm Sheet (largest): 91 x 31 cm

    Credit line:

    Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects/
    Gift of Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects

    Folder Number:

    056-001-02

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    • Reference Number: AP056.S1.1991.PR01.009
    • Title: Sketch elevations, plans, isometrics and section, Vancouver Public Library Competition, British Columbia
    • Dates of creation: 1991
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 32 drawings
    • 6 reprographic copies, some with pencil

    Dimensions:

    Sheet (smallest): 61 x 46 cm Sheet (largest): 92 x 62 cm

    Credit line:

    Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects/
    Gift of Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects

    Folder Number:

    056-005-01

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    • Reference Number: AP056.S1.1991.PR01.010
    • Title: Floor plans, sections, elevations, and landscape plan, Vancouver Public Library Competition, British Columbia
    • Dates of creation: 1991-1992
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects (archive creator)

    Description:

    The landscape plan was produced by landscape architects The SWA Group.

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 25 drawings

    Dimensions:

    Sheet (smallest): 92 x 61 cm Sheet (largest): 107 x 76 cm

    Physical Description:

    Note that this file includes drawings on Clearprint™ translucent paper. All drawings on Clearprint™ paper should remain isolated from other types of paper and from the folder itself with a Mylar™ barrier.

    Credit line:

    Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects/
    Gift of Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects

    Folder Number:

    056-001-03

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    • Reference Number: AP056.S1.1991.PR01.011
    • Title: Sketch floor plans, sunlight study, and landscape plan for neighbourhood, Vancouver Public Library Competition, British Columbia
    • Dates of creation: 1991
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 4 drawings

    Dimensions:

    Sheet (smallest): 61 x 46 cm Sheet (largest): 94 x 62 cm

    Physical Description:

    Note that this file includes drawings on Clearprint™ translucent paper. All drawings on Clearprint™ paper should remain isolated from other types of paper and from the folder itself with a Mylar™ barrier.

    Credit line:

    Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects/
    Gift of Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects

    Folder Number:

    056-001-04

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    • Reference Number: AP056.S1.1991.PR01.012
    • Title: Presentation paintings of facade, interior and terrace perspectives, Vancouver Public Library Competition, British Columbia
    • Dates of creation: circa 1991
    • Form: works of art
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 7 paintings

    Dimensions:

    Sheet (smallest): 45 x 26 cm Sheet (largest): 77 x 58 cm

    Credit line:

    Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects/
    Gift of Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects

    Folder Number:

    056-002-05

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    • Reference Number: AP056.S1.1991.PR01.013
    • Title: Floor plans, site plan, sections, elevations, cutaway perspective, and isometrics of sections, site plan and building components, Vancouver Public Library Competition, British Columbia
    • Dates of creation: circa 1991
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 23 drawings
    • 1 reprographic copy

    Dimensions:

    Sheet (smallest): 79 x 30 cm Sheet (largest): 107 x 76 cm

    Credit line:

    Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects/
    Gift of Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects

    Folder Number:

    056-001-05

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    • Reference Number: AP056.S1.1991.PR01.014
    • Title: Presentation panels of floor plans and cutaway perspective, Vancouver Public Library Competition, British Columbia
    • Dates of creation: circa 1991
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 4 mounted reprographic copies

    Dimensions:

    Sheet: 86 x 56 cm

    Credit line:

    Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects/
    Gift of Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects

    Folder Number:

    056-006-01

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    • Reference Number: AP056.S1.1991.PR01.015
    • Title: Presentation panels of sections and paintings of elevation and perspectives, Vancouver Public Library Competition, British Columbia
    • Dates of creation: circa 1991
    • Form: drawings, works of art
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 2 mounted reprographic copies
    • 2 mounted paintings

    Dimensions:

    Sheet: 86 x 56 cm

    Credit line:

    Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects/
    Gift of Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects

    Folder Number:

    056-007-01

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    • Reference Number: AP056.S1.1991.PR01.016
    • Title: Photographs of project model, Vancouver Public Library Competition, British Columbia
    • Dates of creation: 1992
    • Form: photographs
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects (archive creator)
    • Scott Simon (photographer)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 6 photographs

    Credit line:

    Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects/
    Gift of Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects

    Folder Number:

    056-008-01

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    • Reference Number: AP056.S1.1991.PR01.017
    • Title: Project model with battery, Vancouver Public Library Competition, British Columbia
    • Dates of creation: circa 1991
    • Form: models
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 2 models, wood, painted plexiglass and battery

    Dimensions:

    Case: 105 x 75 x 63 cm Crate: 111.5 x 80 x 70 cm

    Credit line:

    Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects/
    Gift of Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects

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    • Reference Number: AP056.S1.1991.PR01.018
    • Title: Presentation watercolours of Homer Street and Robson Street elevations, and perspectives, Vancouver Public Library Competition, British Columbia
    • Dates of creation: circa 1991
    • Form: works of art
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 2 paintings
    • 1 reproduction of a painting

    Dimensions:

    Sheet: 86 x 56 cm

    Credit line:

    Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects/
    Gift of Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects

    Folder Number:

    056-035-01

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    • Reference Number: AP056.S1.1991.PR01.019
    • Title: Presentation panel of site plan and watercolours of Hamilton Street elevation and perspective, Vancouver Public Library Competition, British Columbia
    • Dates of creation: circa 1991
    • Form: works of art, drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 1 painting
    • 1 reproduction of a painting
    • 1 mounted reprographic copy

    Dimensions:

    Sheet: 86 x 56 cm

    Credit line:

    Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects/
    Gift of Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects

    Folder Number:

    056-036-01

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    • Reference Number: AP056.S1.1991.PR01.020
    • Title: Sketches including isometrics, plans, perspectives and elevations, Vancouver Public Library Competition, British Columbia
    • Dates of creation: circa 1991
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 18 drawings

    Dimensions:

    Sheet (smallest): 22 x 14 cm Sheet (largest): 65 x 31 cm

    Credit line:

    Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects/
    Gift of Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects

    Folder Number:

    056-034-02

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