Lantern Park — Beacon at Main StreetVancouver continues to grow creatively within its bounds. Between Main Street Skytrain and Pacific Central Station sits a 1.5 hectare park. A full city block of under-used public space in the core of downtown Vancouver.
Our design goal is to maximize the utility and beauty of this existing park, and turn it into a grand public square that exceeds the needs of modern Vancouver.
Image and Identity: Lantern Park
Structural elements in the glass canopy create organic shaped patterns overhead. As the sun shines through the roof, vibrant colours and dancing shadows radiate on the ground. The canopy cascades to the ground at points on Terminal Avenue and National Avenue. The coloured partition blocks out traffic sounds and exhaust while still providing visual openness and a sense of privacy in an expansive space.
Green Space & Community Farm
Vehicle access to Pacific Central Station is available on the South and North sides, while leaving the grand exterior open for the enjoyment of real live people.
Raindrop shaped lights suspend above L'Apmitheatre. Natural acoustics, electrical supply, plumbing, and a staging area enable varied performances to delight all senses. The raised height of the restaurant and seating creates sightlines radiating into the park and a focal point from the centre of the square.
A large wayfinding signpost at the skytrain exit directs people to connections and amenities in all directions. Increased seating, tables and bulletin boards close to the bus stop better connect the city.
A bikeway along National Ave builds a segment of a future optimized connection from the seawall to Union/Adanac, a core east-west cyclist route.
Amenities & Attractions
Lighting throughout the park guides the way for commuters and increased public use during all times of the day. Families can take their children to the interactive area, groups can reserve the theatre for performance, the elderly can spend time in the outdoors but also be protected from the elements of rain and wind. Lantern Park is a stimulating area with opportunities for everyone.
A revitalized Pacific Central Station hosts cafes, retail, and a restaurant which extends outside into the grassy park. The central atrium is available to host public art events and private functions. The many rooms inside the station can be utilized as Lantern Park storage and offices.
With high foot traffic, the Lantern Park area offers attractive commercial opportunities.
Reaching Into the City Like an Octopus
Lantern Park reaches towards the undeveloped false creek flats and the future shape of Vancouver. We have a large public square in downtown Vancouver. It's half-built and waiting at the crossroads to ignite the center of the city.
About Lantern Park
Lantern Park is an entry in the "Where's the Square?" design competition
being held by the Vancouver Public Space Network.
St Paul's Lights
Top and Bottom,
Pacific Central Station,