Bank of Montreal
Landscape Becomes Art
Courtyard space adjacent Bank of Montreal space on Marine Drive, West Vancouver. A historic creek - Lawson Creek long since culverted runs through the courtyard.
To create a public space which provides seating opportunities, access from back of property to the Marine Drive. The Integration of public art was also required by District of Vancouver.
The design plays hommage to the undergrounded Lawson Creek. Grated portals provide daylighting to the creek and allows the passerby to hear and see the existing creek running below ground. An abstraction of the creek using artistic coloured concrete parallels the creek on the surface and doubles as a walkway.
Large boulders etched with motifs of Salmon swimming upstream flank the faux creek. A parallel walkway with benches for sitting emuluate sandbars which run along the creek. Native plantings reflective of coastal B.C. form the planting palette.
'In essence the courtyard and landscape becomes public art'
Brent Preparing Coloured Skim Coat of Concrete Senga and Brent ' Painting' The Creek
Creek and Sandbar Become Walkwable and Useable Surfaces
Architect: Ted Murray Associates