Canada Line Station rooted in British Columbia
As the starting point of the new Canada Line rapid transit route, the YVR-Airport Station features sweeping west coast views, a direct connection to the city of Vancouver which will welcome the world when it hosts the 2010 Winter Olympics, and the largest green wall in North America.
The YVR-Airport Station is all about connections. This will be one of the first impressions - that ‘Kodak moment’ that visitors get of British Columbia and Canada. Considered the ‘jewel in the crown’ station of the new Canada Line ALRT expansion, YVR Airport station exemplifies connecting visitors, tourists and daily commuters emotionally to the city, the West Coast environment, and the extraordinary British Columbia experience.
Wrapped in structural glass, the station reinforces through visual connections the YVR thematic plan of land, sea, and sky of British Columbia and an overall easy wayfinding visual connection to the airport terminals. The $25-million (CAD) YVR-Airport Station sits 18m off the ground and acts as a ‘pavilion in the park’, connecting the station to the adjacent beautiful Chester Johnson Park which marks the entry experience to the airport. From the platform visitors can see across the main airport runways to the south airport terminal, the historic Fraser River, the North Shore Mountains, and the Georgia Strait.
On the north side of the transit station, a 17m high and 12m wide green wall offers a living gateway for arriving international passengers and marks the ground entry concourse to the station. Kasian conceptualized the green wall as part of the overall station experience and collaborated with Sharp & Diamond landscape architects to realize the intent. The wall is composed entirely of local flora, including bergenia, fern, common nana and white and green euonymus, and will imbue a rich, calming, and seasonally changing experience for travellers and tourists.
The YVR-Airport Station provides a strong first impression for travellers along with a beautiful transport experience.