Urban Reef, an installation designed by Kaz Bremner and Jeremiah Deutscher with local furniture collective Higher Works, has won the inaugural 2014 VIVA Vancouver: Robson Redux design-build competition.
For the competition, entrants were asked to create a temporary urban installation that would transform the 800 block in downtown Vancouver to a public plaza. The winning design draws from two concepts: engaging Vancouver’s urban vibrancy and connecting the community. The installation acts similarly to an oceanic reef, as it creates a frame that facilities life around it and creates a new environment.
The actual form of Urban Reef was generated through a series of sections. Each section suggests different types of occupations. Opposite the Vancouver Art Gallery steps, the installation curves inward into tiered seating to form a two-sided performance space. Other curves suggest smaller performance spaces.
The different sections are made up of 987 unique birch plywood sections, which were CNC cut and hand finished. They were then tied together with threaded rod and evenly spaced with sky-blue custom spaces.