Completed in 2009, the replacement of Trout Lake Ice Rink at John Hendry Park in Vancouver was the first stage of revitalizing this important civic gathering place. The new rink and skater’s lounge provided necessary practice space for the 2010 Winter Olympics and now serves the public interest.
In an effort to maximize use of the Park, the building was oriented perpendicularly to 19th Avenue, opening up sight lines and providing a more natural approach and pathway system. The structural wood elements and the gentle curve of the roof integrate with the natural surroundings and minimize apparent building height. The use of wood culled from the Stanley Park windstorm is testimony to sustainability and a West Coast sensibility. The glazed, west facade, which reveals the inner activity of the Ice Rink, acts as an invitation to passersby.