Canadia Vacation June 2010: Day 2
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We first went for a walk into the Punjabi Market section of Vancouver. Based on wikitravel, it sounded like it would be cool. In reality, it was two blocks of dress/fabric stores (which were cool) and import stores selling ethnic plastic and figurines (which sucked). Oh well: we got some neat pictures of the clothing and a vegetable stand.
One of today's highlights was riding the entire Millenium Line. It basically goes through the eastern suburbs of Vancouver, and really showed us what Transit Oriented Development could look like: small pockets of density clustered near rail stops. So instead of having highrises near the downtown core and decreasing density outward, TOD ends up creating pockets of density: perhaps a dozen 15-story buildings clustered in a half mile from the station. There are still conventional sprawling suburbs elsewhere, but this gives an alternative to a very large dense area like New York has.
Baby eggplant
Baby eggplant
Pretty dress
Pretty dress
Colorful dress
Colorful dress
Sullivan Heights(?) on the Millenium Line
Sullivan Heights(?) on the Millenium Line
Modern building cladding
Modern building cladding
Lego Orca
Lego Orca
Seaplane and floating gas station
Seaplane and floating gas station
Unknown flower
Unknown flower
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Marine Building
After riding the Millenium Line, we went to the waterfront area. It's mildly touristy, but also connects residents with the ferries to North Vancouver. We wandered around for a bit, then went to the Marine Building. Tamara knew it was a great building from the Art Deco era, but had no idea how great it would actually be. It turned out to be fantastic! We spent some time roaming the building, taking pictures inside and out. The interior was a little difficult because of lighting, but we loved the nautical theme and the richness of colors.
The elevator lobby reflects the Art Deco period and the optimism of humantiy towards machines: it looks like a cathedral to architecture, very much in the style of Howard Roark in The Fountainhead.
Marine Building floor
Floor detail
Floor detail
More floor detail
More floor detail
Floor detail
Floor detail
Floor
Floor
Floor
Floor
Marine Building interior
Wall sconce and detail
Wall sconce and detail
Ceiling detail
Ceiling detail
Ceiling detail
Ceiling detail
Ship sconce
Ship sconce
Ship sconce from below
Ship sconce from below
Bracket detail
Bracket detail
Ted with bracket
Ted with bracket
Railing detail: turtles, shells, seahorses, more
Railing detail: turtles, shells, seahorses, more
Grating
Grating
Vestibule detail: looks like a cathedral to maritime
Vestibule detail: looks like a cathedral to maritime
Cathedral of maritime detail
Cathedral of maritime detail
Bracket and freize
Bracket and freize
Elevator panel
Elevator panel
Elevator panel
Elevator panel
Elevator door
Elevator door
Elevator display: a triumph of intuitive analog design
Elevator display: a triumph of intuitive analog design
Wall/ceiling tile
Wall/ceiling tile
Stained glass
Stained glass
Stained glass over entry
Stained glass over entry
(unused) mail panel and chute
(unused) mail panel and chute
Mail panel detail, obvious Ziggurat influence
Mail panel detail, obvious Ziggurat influence
Marine Building exterior
Zeppelin panel
Zeppelin panel
Building number and entry
Building number and entry
Angry seagull: actually a Canadian Goose
Angry seagull: actually a Canadian Goose
Building number
Building number
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