New Site for Vancouver Art Gallery Designated

Description

Council designates two acres of the City-owned Larwill Park site for a new Vancouver Art Gallery.

Significance

Council’s endorsement of a plan to use its parking lot at 688 Cambie Street, at Georgia, for a new facility for the Vancouver Art Gallery began serious planning and fundraising for the project, which was meant to double the gallery’s size. Pritzker Prize-winning Swiss architectural firm Herzog & de Meuron was chosen to design the building — and its wood-clad concept met a mixed response when it was unveiled in 2015. The new gallery was expected to cost $350 million and less than half of that had been raised by the end of 2015.

Background

The gallery has been housed in the old Vancouver courthouse since the mid-1980s, but was seen to lack large gallery spaces and did not have enough room to display much of the VAG permanent collection. The Larwill Park scheme involved closing a portion of Cambie to integrate the gallery with the Queen Elizabeth Theatre and selling 1.2 acres on the south part of the site for private development

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