Very Little Form


Josh Potvin

ARCH 500

This three-week studio project explores the interaction between site and form for the northwest corner of Broughton and Robson Streets in Vancouver. The project requires a public and social design with an open space paradigm and a defined private space. A dog day care with veterinary and grooming services is the private sector for this site. A landform design creates a natural space, removing the public and dog walkers away from the congestion and traffic at street level. The natural space was formed to create an area for play and socialization. Lifting the ground surface forms a covered gathering and social space, and allows the infiltration of natural light into the private program. In the interior, circulation is forced to the exterior walls to create large open spaces. The design circulates around three major arteries within the program: the reception, kennels, and dog day care services.