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Shortlist for Vancouver Art Gallery expansion revealed

Five practices, including Tate Modern architects Herzog & de Meuron, have been shortlisted to design a new home for the Vancouver Art Gallery

Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects and Diller Scofidio + Renfro – both from New York – made the cut for the 28,800m² project.

KPMB Architects from Toronto was also shortlisted for the scheme, which will double exhibition space at the gallery and include a 300-seat auditorium.

Tokyo’s SANAA - the designers behind the 2009 Serpentine Pavilion - complete the strong line-up for the job.

The five finalists were drawn from 75 entries representing 16 countries.

Nine British firms submitted entries into the competition which was launched last September, but none made the shortlist.

Objectives outlined for the project included increasing community involvement and promoting tourism while setting a bar for environmental design in Canada’s museums. 

Vancouver City Council has designated a city-owned site at West Georgia and Cambie Streets for the gallery.

‘The architects shortlisted for the design of our new home collectively reflect the global aspirations and achievements of our museum,’ said Bruce Munro Wright, chair of the architect selection committee.

‘Each firm we selected is recognised for innovation and excellence in creating new spaces for engagement with arts and culture, and each demonstrated a strong and creative architectural vision that would support our mission and enhance Vancouver’s standing as one of the most exciting international centres of cultural production.’

Founded in 1931, the Vancouver Art Gallery is the largest public art museum in Western Canad

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