Proving that practical can be beautiful, The Dock Building is a simple, functional structure designed to add modest grace to the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club. While the facility itself was intended to be used as an everyday, utilitarian building by Club members, architects felt compelled to create a sophisticated design. The design team used wood to both honor the industrial heritage of the site and build an affordable yet elegant building, creating a rich environment simply by leaving the wood exposed.
The structure was built using spruce-pine-fir (SPF) glulam posts and beams with 2×6 Douglas-fir tongue-and-groove plywood in-fill decking. Walls were framed with 2×6 dimension lumber, and both ceilings and walls were clad with construction-grade plywood, which provided an attractive yet tough, easily-replaceable interior finish. In some cases, the plywood was used to provide structural support and in others it served as a finish material. A portion of the exterior of The Dock Building was clad with western red cedar, which weathers to a natural grey.
“It is always possible to deliver thoughtful, elegant architectural design, regardless of budget. This is what we set out to do when designing The Dock Building for the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club”.
Michael Green, Principal
MGA / Michael Green Architecture