Stantec completes station on the the new Canada Line
Olympic Village is one of 16 stations on the new Canada Line that provides transportation between downtown Vancouver with the Vancouver International Airport and Richmond. The station is located on the south side of Vancouver’s False Creek at the foot of the Cambie Street Bridge, near the original shore line. False Creek formerly was home to the lumber and ship building industries that helped build the region. It has become a vital part of the waterfront area, once host to Olympic facilities that now filled with a variety of medium density uses. The spirit of the former industry, as well as a connection to the water, is still central to the evolving community.
The station geometry is determined by the relationship between the northwest orientation of the trainway tunnel below and the near east-west orientation of the street at the entry above. The underground concourse (above the platform) marks the transition from one orientation to the other.
The station design is a progressive and modern expression manifest in the composite entry structure comprised of glass, steel, concrete and engineered wood. The honest application of timeless materials, as well as local materials such as wood, solidifies a link to the past.
The general form expresses the transition from grade to the platform underground: passengers are greeted by the warm wood ceiling; coloured bands of wall tile guide passengers into the station like striations in soils of the earth; a massive skylight marks the intersection of geometries at concourse level below and draws light deep into the station.