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Herzog & de Meuron wins Vancouver Art Gallery contest

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Tate Modern architects Herzog & de Meuron has won the high-profile competition for the new home of Vancouver Art Gallery

The 28,800m² museum in downtown Vancouver will be the Swiss architect’s first project in Canada.

The practice defeated rival bids from New York-based Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Tokyo’s SANAA to win the coveted job.

Full shortlist

  • Herzog & de Meuron
  • Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects
  • Diller Scofidio + Renfro
  • KPMB Architects

Vancouver mayor Gregor Robertson said: ‘Congratulations to Herzog & de Meuron, who will be creating this important new cultural space in our downtown.’

Gallery director Kathleen Bartels added: ‘Throughout the selection process, Herzog & de Meuron demonstrated a deep commitment to and respect for the rich history and unique spirit of the Gallery, our community, and our surrounding natural and urban environment.

‘Our new purpose-built home will embrace the rich diversity of our community and serve as a nexus for cross-cultural dialogue and exchange.’

The new base will be built in the city’s downtown area on a municipality-owned former bus station plot at West Georgia and Cambie Streets.

Vancouver Art Gallery relocated to its current home inside the city’s Francis Rattenbury-designed former provincial court house (pictured) in 1983.

Plans to relocate from the Neoclassical building on Hornby Street follow a tripling of visitors to Canada’s fifth largest art gallery in the past decade.

Around 75 entries representing 16 countries were submitted to the relocation contest which launched last September.

Nine British firms submitted entries but none were shortlisted.

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