Swiss firm to design new Vancouver Art Gallery
A TransLink bus travels along Robson Street by the Vancouver Art Gallery in Vancouver, B.C. on Sunday April 6, 2014. (CARMINE MARINELLI/ 24 HOURS)
The Vancouver Art Gallery has enlisted one of the world’s most well-known architecture firms to design its new downtown facility.
Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron will be responsible for designing the new 300,000-square-foot building at West Georgia and Cambie in downtown Vancouver.
Herzog & de Meuron is an award-winning firm responsible for such projects as the Beijing Bird’s Nest Stadium built for the 2008 Olympics.
“The Vancouver Art Gallery’s Architect Selection Committee was unanimous in their recommendation of Herzog & de Meuron to the Gallery’s board of trustees,” said the City of Vancouver in a news release. “Herzog & de Meuron were selected from a group of five shortlisted firms from across the globe.”
The new gallery will be more than double the size of the current facility at Robson Square.
Vancouver said the building will be considered “architecturally significant.”
The design for the building is expected to be revealed in 2015 and the firm said it intends to make the structure one that will become part of the city’s culture.
“The project is of particular interest to us: besides designing a new museum, we will have the chance to make a contribution to the urban development of Vancouver’s downtown,” said Herzog & de Meuron in a release.