THE Vision

The Vancouver Art Gallery has experienced unprecedented growth in the last decade—in its artistic and educational programs as well as in its organizational capacity. And while we have accomplished much in our current space, the time has come to construct a purpose-built gallery for presenting outstanding art and educational programs for our expanding audiences.


The new Vancouver Art Gallery will fundamentally change our ability to touch the lives of individuals through the insightful power of art.

  • The new Gallery building with its community spaces, 350-seat theatre, free-access galleries, complementary admission programs, and publicly accessible Resource Centre Library and archives will be a creative and cultural hub, serving as an inspiring gathering place for the entire community.
  • Enhance Vancouver's internal reputation as a major contemporary art centre Serve as an economic stimulator by creating new employment opportunities and promoting cultural tourism.
  • The Gallery will provide a welcoming environment for residents and visitors alike to embrace and share creativity, and to explore and celebrate different ideas and cultures, positively impacting countless lives for generations to come.
  • The new building will allow for a major expansion of the Gallery’s education programs with dedicated spaces affording the ability to reach nearly 90,000 children and youth per year, not just in Metro Vancouver, but potentially across the province as well.
  • The new building will provide the opportunity to dramatically increase the size and scope of the Gallery’s exhibitions including approximately 25 Permanent Collection Galleries, and dedicated spaces to help tell British Columbia’s artistic story to the world with Indigenous art, works by Emily Carr, as well as hundreds of other favourite pieces from the Gallery’s collection.
  • As a major tourism destination, employer, and economic driver, the new Gallery building will provide wide-ranging benefits across the entire economy.
  • The new building will allow us to extend our commitment to artists and the thriving contemporary art community in British Columbia. It will provide a global platform for this community, heightening this city’s reputation as one of the world’s foremost destinations for arts and culture.

The Neighbourhood

The new Vancouver Art Gallery will be built at the intersection of West Georgia and Cambie streets- two thirds of the Larwill Park site-- a two-acre, city owned parcel just a few blocks east of the Gallery's current home. The City is reserving the rest of the site for future development. This area is a nexus that bridges several important neighborhoods, including downtown area, Chinatown, Gastown and East Vancouver. Like the Gallery, these are areas are steeped in a rich sense of history even as they continue to grow and evolve. Once one of Vancouver's most popular public gathering places, Larwill Park served as a venue for sporting events, travelling shows, political demonstrations and, more recently, spectators at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics and the 2015 Fifa Women's World Cup.


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Larwill Park Site

The Larwill Park site holds a unique place in the history of Vancouver—as a parade ground, a sports field and a fairground, as a site for celebration and for protest. More recently it has been the site of a bus depot and parking lot, and it is now the proposed site of the new Vancouver Art Gallery.

To signal the Vancouver Art Gallery’s impact on the site, which has a history of changing land use, the Gallery has planned a series of public art activities to be mounted at the Larwill Park site over the next three years. The inaugural project directly acknowledges the history of the site by mounting nine large “cut-out” images taken, collage-style, from documentary photographs that refer to the site’s history. These images are the starting point for a new and spectacular vision of the Larwill Park site as a space for the contemporary imagination. The photographic images are printed in distinct Pantone colours; each colour is echoed in the painted surfaces of the back and supporting structures, effectively creating a series of freestanding monochromatic art works. In form, each object mimics a billboard—an invitation to consider yet another imaginative new potential for the site. Each sculpture is placed strategically to address different views of the site. Pedestrian walkways, traffic patterns and views of the condominiums surrounding the existing parking lot are all acknowledged in the placement. The individual images have been chosen to suggest an idiosyncratic past; each cut-out refers to a larger historical context of public engagement on the site, while retaining a strong visual aesthetic.

The Larwill Park Site Inaugural Project is commissioned by the Vancouver Art Gallery, and is conceived and produced by Other Sights for Artists’ Projects, Vancouver. For more information about the The Larwill Park Site Inaugural Project, click here ».

The architects

Herzog & de Meuron

Established in 1978, Herzog & de Meuron is a partnership led by six Senior Partners: Jacques Herzog, Pierre de Meuron, Christine Binswanger, Ascan Mergenthaler, Stefan Marbach, and Esther Zumsteg. An international team of about 470 collaborators is working on projects across Europe, the Americas, and Asia. The firm‘s main office (headquarters are) is in Basel, Switzerland, with additional offices in Berlin, London, New York, Hong Kong, and Copenhagen. The practice has been awarded numerous prizes including The Pritzker Architecture Prize (USA) in 2001 and the RIBA Royal Gold Medal (UK) and the Praemium Imperiale (Japan), both in 2007. In 2014, Herzog & de Meuron was awarded the Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize (MCHAP) for 1111 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach.

Herzog & de Meuron have designed a wide range of projects from the small scale of a private home to the large scale of urban design. The studio’s most recognized buildings include the National Stadium for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China (also known as the Bird’s Nest) and the conversion of the Bankside power plant to Tate Modern in London, UK (2000).

Herzog & de Meuron have completed a series of internationally acclaimed museum buildings. Built projects include Schaulager Basel, Laurenz Foundation, a warehouse for the open storage of contemporary art, in Basel/Mu¨nchenstein, Switzerland (2003); Walker Art Center Expansion in Minneapolis, USA (2005); and de Young Museum in San Francisco, USA (2005). The firm's latest completed museums are the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill, NY, USA (2012) and the Pe´rez Art Museum Miami, which opened to the public during Art Basel Miami Beach in December 2013.

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Perkins + Will

Perkins+Will is an interdisciplinary, research-based architecture and design firm founded on the belief that design has the power to transform lives and enhance communities. Our thought leaders are developing 21st century solutions to inspire the creation of spaces in which clients and their communities work, heal, live, and learn. With hundreds of award-winning projects annually, Perkins+Will is highly ranked among top global design firms and has been repeatedly named as one of the World's Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Architecture by Fast Company.

With over 30 years of experience in Canada, the Vancouver office is deeply connected to its local community, donating one percent of its annual fees as in-kind design services to local, non-profit organizations every year. Committed to the 2030 Challenge, the firm is ranked among North America's leading green practices with an in-house sustainability research department and one of the largest portfolios of completed, deeply sustainable buildings, interior spaces and urban plans.

The Vancouver office has received more than 250 design honours, including 6 Governor General's Medals in Architecture, 13 Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia Awards in Architecture, the coveted Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Firm of the Year Award, and is consistently named one of Canada's Greenest Employers and one of British Columbia's Top Employers.

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Watch now » MEET HERZOG & de MEURON with CHRISTINE BINSWANGER: SENIOR PARTNER AND SIMON DEMEUSE: ASSOCIATE PROJECT ARHCHITECT

Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Vogue Theatre (918 Granville Street) | 7pm

The design architects of the new Vancouver Art Gallery present the vision of their architecture firm and highlights of their previous projects. Hear what makes Herzog & de Meuron one of the world’s most lauded architectural firms as well as their initial impressions about Vancouver, followed by a public discussion.


The Capital Campaign


The new building is about more than bricks and mortar

For many British Columbians, this will be the most important project of their generation—a model of civic leadership when individuals come together to build a major new cultural facility for its people and for generations of children to come.

The Gallery’s overall goal for the capital funds campaign is to raise $350 million, including private sector fundraising of $100 million in capital funds and $50 million in endowment funds.

In 2008, we received a visionary initial gift of $50 million from the Province of British Columbia. In 2013, Vancouver City Council unanimously designated the Larwill Park site at the intersection of West Georgia and Cambie Streets for the new Gallery, with an estimated value of $100 million.

On January 23, 2019, the Vancouver Art Gallery celebrated a major milestone toward the realization of a transformational new building with the announcement of a $40 million lead gift from the Chan Family. This unprecedented act of generosity by the Chan Family brings the Gallery’s capital campaign to $85 million in private sector funding toward the new purpose-built facility.

"We truly believe in the power of art to bring people together and to bridge divides, cultural gaps, to promote social understanding, and to help people better understand themselves and others, and that is what the new Vancouver Art Gallery building will help accomplish," says Christian Chan, Vancouver Art Gallery Trustee and Lead Donor.


CONTACT

To learn more about the campaign, please contact the Development Department at 604 662-4700 ext.2438 or future@vanartgallery.bc.ca

 
 

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