Design: 2010 Winter Olympics and Celebration Pavilion Essay

Submitted By tvantoorn
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Whistler Olympic Plaza

FAN TAN | 3 Fan Tan Alley, Suite 300, Victoria, BC, Canada V8W 3G9 | 250.414.0006

Background Considerations The consultants take into consideration that this is Throughout the process, the idea is to The Whistler Olympic Plaza will be Environmental Considerations Design considerations Orientation compatibility to the existing design Recreational Considerations Program Development Vision & Objectives Potential Components Venue Capabilities Location An Outdoor Multi-Purpose Facility Celebration Pavilion Side and Main Stage Concert Layout Celebration Pavilion Open Layout North and Main Stage Layout Festival Stages Layout Proposed Rental Pricing Scheme Introduction Methods Local Rentals Non-Local Rentals Rental Package Figure 6 - Venue Comparison Chart Figure 7 - Celebration Pavilion Side Stage Figure 8 - Celebration Pavilion Main Stage Figure 9 - Celebrations Pavilion Open Configuration Figure 10 - Celebration Pavilion Market Figure 11 - Celebration Pavilion Basket Ball Figure 12 - Celebration Pavilion Skating Surface Figure 13 - Celebration Pavilion Round Tables Figure 14 - Main Stage Figure 15 - North Stage Figure 16 - Festival Stages Appendix A - North America Amphitheater and Outdoor Venue Comparison Appendix B - Site map of Whistler Olympic Plaza 3 4 4 4 4 5 5 5 5 6 6 8 10 10 10 11 11 12 13 15 15 15 16 17 18 20 21 22 23 24 24 25 25 26 27 28 29 33 2

// Background
With the advent of an increasingly competitive tourism destination market worldwide, tourism driven economies witness increased demand for state-of-the-art performance infrastructure. To date, Whistler remains one of North America’s marquis visitor destinations. It’s reputation and capacity led it to become the host mountain community for the 2010 Winter Games. The result of this honour offers Whistler a unique opportunity to review and upgrade its capacity to host multi-disciplinary cultural and sport programming for the community and visitors alike. In 2008, The Resort Municipality of Whistler retained the services of FanTan Group in the capacity of Performance Venue Consultants. The purpose was to review existing plans for Whistler Olympic Plaza (WOP) and make recommendations on design and infrastructure elements in context of the site’s post-Olympic performance and presentation capacity. In undertaking this process, the consultants devised a three phase stakeholder input process that began with reviewing pre-existing community planning and local input combined with interviews with key organizations and individuals throughout Whistler. Key considerations were made upon reviewing this and other key pieces such as the Whistler Olympic Plaza Master Plan public consultation feedback.


// Considerations
The consultants take into consideration that this is
• • • • • • A space that expresses all the facets of Whistler as a community with a soul A place where local culture is nurtured and celebrated An environment where things move at a natural time A model for sustainable living all year round A venue that is warm to the touch; that feels right to the senses A place where living history will be continually renewed

Throughout the process, the idea is to
• Imagine a venue that is timeless in design and energy • Envision a space that naturally integrates into the personality of the community • Design a venue that is a natural extension of the trees, rivers and mountains that surround it • Create a place of shelter for the animals and people who live here • Design a place the inspires people to think about how to live in harmony with our surroundings • Create a space that will initiate and amplify unforgettable experiences • Design a venue within a venue so that community celebrations and world class presentations be hosted within the same space

The Whistler Olympic Plaza will be
• • • • • • A place to celebrate local artists A world class performance venue for all disciplines A model for accessibility