A pedestrian-oriented street view in Station Square redevelopment now completed It has recently seen a further enhancement of its public domain with important pieces of public art.
Anthem Properties worked with renowned local artist Douglas Coupland to create four sculptures, spread across two locations within the redevelopment.
Three sculptures are located outside JJ Bean Coffee on the northwest corner of the intersection of Kingsborough Street and Silver Drive, while one sculpture – the tallest at 50 feet – is on the southeast corner of the prominent intersection between Kingsway and McKay Avenue.
The carvings are designed to look like a gem-like material created by accumulating and solidifying slag in automobile paint, called fordite.
Coupland notes that the appearance of the stacked colored gemstones is a clear reference to Station Square’s historic past being the site of a Ford Motor Company car manufacturing plant.
The factory opened in 1938 and closed in 1968. The building remained on the site until 1988, when it was demolished for multi-phase development for the first iteration of Station Square Mall, according to the city of Burnaby.
Fordite, aptly named after the automobile company, is the term metallurgists have applied to the hard coatings beneath the former paint booths of Ford’s Michigan plants. Pieces of layered enamel paint often have a thickness of up to 20 cm. Experts informed the model of the car in which the paint was used, and the year it was sprayed.
“These layers of colored paint are not unlike those of the Grand Canyon, and as with most sedimentary forms, they can be called mineral, in this case, ‘man-made’ or man-made mineral. Pieces of fordite, when crushed and polished, become stone An extraordinarily beautiful and highly sought-after gem in the gem world,” Copeland stated.
“So, for the Station Square site, I made piles of polished fordite stones that are deliberately daring to remind people in a cheerful way that we once lived, not so long ago, in a world where car colors were used as fashion, to accelerate the shorter life of the car and build expectations For newer, more colorful cars.”
After acquiring Station Square in 2004, Anthem Properties embarked on a years-long planning process to redevelop the mall into a mixed-use, high-density precinct that forms part of the Burnaby Metrotown Downtown plan. Bedi is also a development partner.
The original Station Square shopping center prior to redevelopment in 2011:
Redevelopment of the station yard under construction late 2020/2021:
After a decade of construction, the new station yard was officially completed in August 2022. There are five towers housing approximately 1,800 homes, as well as 450,000 square feet of retail and office space in platforms and at street level, effectively revitalizing the pedestrian-oriented public spaces. Major tenants include Price Smart Foods, which marks the return of the previous Save-On-Foods through its sister brand, as well as WeWork, Cactus Club and Earls restaurants.
The redevelopment was designed by local firm Chris Dikeakos Architects and New York-based Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates.
A previous iteration of the station yard consisted of low-rise structures, with most of the 12 acres used as a park. Instilled by Save-On-Foods, it It was poorly remembered for its roof collapsing within minutes of the grand opening in 1988. The collapse of a 6,400-square-foot section of the roof caused 20 cars to fall into the store. There were no fatalities, but 21 people were injured.
The first iteration of Metropolis was opened in the Metrotown Mall in 1986, adding to the district Current Sears Canada Store And a supermarket. The SkyTrain Metrotown station opened the previous year in 1985, as part of the original portion of the Expo Line between Waterfront and New Westminster stations in time for Expo ’86.
The Metrotown area of Burnaby in 1985:
The Metrotown area of Burnaby in 1985: