Shell Bar

SHELL BAR

This project began with the given shell of a small concrete building, located at the entrance to a 700’ long pier in North Vancouver’s industrial/recreational foreshore. The little building was once an infrastructural hub for the pier, which was part of a massive shipyards facility (variously called ‘Burrard’, Wallace’ and ‘Versatile’).

The facility was a constantly evolving industrial complex of makeshift and permanent buildings, piers and dry-docks. Until its decline in the latter half of the 20th Century, it was one of the most significant shipbuilding operations on the west coast of North America.

Today, the small concrete building sits unnoticed on the pier. This project aims to revitalize the existing structure by reimagining it as a bar.