April 26, 2014 7:51 pm

‘Urban Reef’ wins design competition to transform Robson Street block

Urban Reef will be installed in the 800-block of Robson Street in the early summer.

City of Vancouver

An “urban reef” is coming to the 800-block of Robson Street in downtown Vancouver this summer.

The design was selected out of 78 entries from all over the world as part of the Robson Redux design-build competition to turn the street into a pedestrian-friendly space.

The winning concept, Urban Reef, is an ocean-inspired sculptural installation where adults and children can sit, relax and play.

Created by Kaz Bemner, Jeremiah Deutscher, Michael Siy and Kenneth Navarra, a team of local architects, designers and carpenters, Urban Reef was chosen for its creativity, originality and feasibility.

Urban Reef will be installed in the 800-block of Robson Street in the early summer.

City of Vancouver

Urban Reef will be installed in early summer and will be accessible until September 1.

A design honorarium and up to $40,000 will cover costs of materials, fabrication, construction, installation and de-installation.

Using the theme of “connection,” the competition invited designers to submit their ideas for turning Robson Street into a pedestrian-friendly place.

For the past three years, the block of Robson flanking the Vancouver Art Gallery has transformed throughout the summer months to encourage people to slow down, connect and relax.

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