The Roundhouse is one of the most successful community centres in Vancouver. There is a historic turntable in the plaza which is associated with this centre that has become a very underused space in the city. The mandate of this project is to protect, promote and enhance the existing character and heritage values of the turntable by introducing new, more contemporary but historically compatible elements to animate the plaza and create a stronger sense of place.
The solution is a large sculptural and functional crane which will be the support for a canopy, as well as some built-in furniture and a new decking for the turntable portion of the plaza.
These elements will provide places to sit, give shelter from the rain as well as shade from the sun, create a focal point on the plaza for events and performances and provide an opportunity for food and drink.