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Sunday, July 21, 2019
30/01/2019

Herzog & de Meuron, Vancouver Art Gallery (Canada)

 
Images of the final design for the Vancouver Art Gallery – which will be the first Canadian work of the Swiss firm Herzog & de Meuron – have been unveiled. The structure maintains the stacked form of the original project, presented in 2015, but the exterior wooden cladding has been replaced by vertical glass cylinders. In this way, transparent surfaces are combined with opaque ones, such as the wood of the terraces that result from the setbacks and cantilevers. Whereas the exterior is modified, hardly any changes have been made in the interiors.

The new VAG has a total area of 28,000 square meters and is located in Larwill Park, just seven blocks east of the museum’s current home. Its stepped form strikes a sharp contrast between the minimal mass of the lower section and the larger volumes of the upper one. As the greater part of the structure is raised over the street, light and air filter all the way into the central courtyard. The sculptural complex includes exhibition halls, a theater seating 350 people, a library, classrooms, workshops, a store, and a restaurant. .

It has been announced that the Chan family will be donating 40 million Canadian dollars to fund the project. This is to date the largest monetary contribution ever to be made to a cultural institution in British Columbia. The building will be named Chan Centre for the Visual Arts, and it is to be completed by 2023.
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