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Architecture of Vancouver

16 December 2009

1968 – H.R. MacMillan Planetarium, Vancouver, British Columbia

Architect: Gerald Hamilton & Associates Originally built as the Centennial Museum, the H.R. MacMillan Planetarium is a striking building as it seems to hover over the treetops, appropriately enough. Photograph Courtesy and Copyright...

16 December 2009

1973 – Provincial Law Courts, Vancouver, British Columbia

Architect: Arthur Erickson The seven-storey Law Courts building is organized into four major components: public space, courtrooms, judges’ chambers and administrative and support facilities. Major public spaces include the main floor Great Hall...

16 December 2009

1991 – The Eugenia, Vancouver, British Columbia

Architect: Henriquez Partners Architects When Henriquez planned Eugenia Place in Vancouver’s West End, he also took into account the surrounding ecosystem. His architectural renderings included the ghostly traces of trees that would have...

16 December 2009

1995 – Vancouver Library Square, Vancouver, British Columbia

Architect: Moshe Safdie This stunning architectural achievement by Moshe Safdie is one of Vancouver’s defining landmarks. The $100 million multi-building complex houses Provincial and Federal Government offices, the 1.2 million item library, and...

16 December 2009

1996 – Palisades, Vancouver, British Columbia

Architect: James KM Cheng Architects Inc. Also known as the East Tower, the Palisades was built in 39 weeks, a Canadian building record for size. It has 32 floors and is 100 metres...

16 December 2009

1997 – Chan Centre for Performing Arts, Vancouver, British Columbia

Architect: Bing Thom Nestled amid the lush landscape on the University of British Columbia campus, the Chan’s distinct, cylindrical shape has become a local landmark. Its silver exterior is clad in pre-weathered zinc...

16 December 2009

2000 – Coal Harbour Community Centre, Vancouver, British Columbia

Architect: Henriquez Partners Architects A recreational centre constructed almost entirely underground, in Vancouver’s Burrard Inlet: Coal Harbour emerges from the coast with a large skylight recalling the form of a submarine turret. Coal...

16 December 2009

2001 – Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia

Architect: nlm architect & Architectura Designed by nlm architect and Architectura Planning Architecture Interiors, for the City of Vancouver and CAG, the library and administration area are located upstairs while the reception desk,...

16 December 2009

2001 – Scotiabank Dance Centre, Vancouver, British Columbia

Architect: Arthur Erickson & Architectura The eight-storey facility, which holds six rehearsal and performance studios, has a reflective glass design, created by Architectura, in collaboration with architect Arthur Erickson. It incorporates the facade...