Herzog & de Meuron’s new Vancouver Art Gallery unveiled
Having won the 2014 competition for the new Vanouver Art Gallery, the Swiss firm Herzog & de Meuron has now unveiled its conceptual design for what is its first project in Canada. In contrast to what has been the institution’s home since 1983, a neoclassical building which was once a courthouse, the construction to go up close by is the result of stacking boxes. The lower boxes are glazed and transparent, while the higher ones are more opaque and clad with wood, a material with a long history in British Columbia. Organized around a central court, the volume contains 28,800 square meters of floor space, 7,900 of which is for exhibition galleries. There will also be an auditorium, a library, and an educational center. Despite its breadth, the museum’s modest scale will make the place for open and visible to Vancouver locals, visitors, and the curious.
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