West coast connection: Canada Line rooted in British Columbia

    The Kasian designed YVR-Airport rapid transit station offers the world a
    window to the spectacular natural beauty of British Columbia.

    VANCOUVER, Aug. 17 /CNW/ - As the starting point of the new Canada Line
rapid transit route, the YVR-Airport Station features the largest green wall
in North America, sweeping west coast views, and a direct connection to the
city of Vancouver.
    "The YVR-Airport Station is all about connections," says Don Kasian,
principal at Kasian Architecture, Design and Planning. "This will be one of
the first impressions visitors get of British Columbia and Canada. Through
architecture and design Kasian takes every opportunity to not only get people
to and from Vancouver quickly and safely, but to connect them emotionally to
the city and the entire province."
    Wrapped in structural glass, the station platform reinforces visual
connections between the land, sea, and sky of B.C. - the key elements that
make up the Vancouver Airport Authority's (YVR) thematic master plan. The
$25-million YVR-Airport Station sits 18m off the ground straddling Grant
McConachie Way, the main roadway in and out of YVR. From the platform visitors
can see across the main airport runways to the North Shore Mountains.
    On the north side of the building, connected to Chester Johnson Park, a
17m high and 12m wide green wall offers a living gateway for passengers
entering the YVR-Airport Station. Designed by renowned landscape architect
Randy Sharp, the wall is composed entirely of local flora, including bergenia,
fern, common nana and white and green euonymus.
    "The green wall helps YVR-Airport Station tell a story that is entirely
unique to the region," says Kasian. "When the local plants in the wall bloom
it will be an absolutely spectacular sight. Combined with views of the North
Shore Mountains, the station reflects of the incredible natural beauty of
    Bookending the YVR-Airport Station are the airport's main control tower
and the "Link" International Terminal expansion building, another of the many
Kasian designed pieces of YVR. Completed in 2007, the $125 million,
six-storey, all-glass building connects Canada Line passengers to the
airport's Main Terminal. It includes a 40' Haida totem pole created by
celebrated First Nations artist Don Yeoman, visual references to the northern
lights, and a waterfall flowing over natural stonework.
    "Everywhere you look YVR tries to create references to the breathtaking
natural beauty and cultural history of the province," says Kasian. "The
YVR-Airport Station adds another remarkable chapter to that story. As a firm
with deep roots at YVR and all across the region, it's a project Kasian
couldn't be more proud to be a part of."

    About Kasian

    Kasian is a global architecture, interior design and planning firm with
nearly 350 staff across eight offices in Canada, Asia, and the Middle East.
Kasian provides award winning design solutions for transportation
infrastructure, education, recreational, public and health care facilities,
corporate offices, and hospitality and retail environments. Our unique
approach brings clients and end users directly into the design development
process to ensure solutions are relevant and timely. Kasian designs include
the Vancouver International Airport Link Building, the BCIT Aerospace
Technology Campus, the University of British Columbia Thunderbird Arena, the
Calgary Courts Centre, the Edmonton Epcor tower, the MacEwan Robbins Health
Learning Centre, and the Alberta Children's Hospital. For more information,
visit www.kasian.com.

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