Client: Metro Vancouver
Location: Surrey, BC (Hazelgrove Park)
Clayton Reservoir is a large regional water supply infrastructure project in an urban context. Sensitivity to neighbours and the adjacent public park was a key consideration in the design process. Local Practice was retained by Metro Vancouver to design an architectural facade that would soften the presence of this 8.5m tall, 70m long concrete wall, and reconcile the infrastructure-scale reservoir with its human-scale park setting. The south facade of the reservoir becomes a sculptural backdrop for the park, concealing the reservoir structure without impeding maintenance access.
Through early engagement with the Client and the City of Surrey, and a careful analysis of the site in its broader context, the team proposed a land swap between Metro Vancouver and the City of Surrey to provide optimum conditions for both the reservoir and the park. We proceeded to develop a design solution for the reservoir layout that reduced the visual impact to a minimum by setting the reservoir itself back from the main road, created a noise barrier to the park, and provided space for community amenities.
Local Practice prepared several conceptual options for the facade design to help break down the scale of the reservoir. Workshops were held with the municipality and community stakeholders for design feedback and input. The notion of water drove the development of several abstract undulating wave patterns that communicates the purpose of the reservoir. Shadow patterns cast by the sculptural cladding vary over the course of the day and year in response to changing sun angles. The reservoir’s service and maintenance spaces were designed for convenience, safety and affordability while being fully integrated into the overall facade concept.
Project Team: Local Practice (Architecture and Urban Design), Associated Engineering (Engineering Lead and Prime Consultant), Summit (Environmental Consultant), Golder & Associates (Geotechnical Engineering)
Anticipated Completion: 2019