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Herzog & de Meuron reveals Vancouver Art Gallery designs

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Tate Modern architect Herzog & de Meuron has revealed its scheme for the new home of Vancouver Art Gallery in Canada

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

The new purpose-built building will replace the existing gallery which has been located in a neo-classical renovated Courthouse building for the last three decades.

The new art space will be built two blocks away from the gallery’s current site on a city-owned parcel of land at the intersection of West Georgia and Cambie Streets.

The 28,800m2 scheme features a series of stacked glazed spaces clad in wood and will double the gallery’s exhibition space to 7,900m2.

Arranged around a central countryard, the building will also house exhibition space and a café.

The practice, which has an office in London, won the job through an international contest back in April last year (see AJ 30.04.15) seeing off competition from Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects, Toronto-based KPMB Architects and Tokyo’s SANAA.

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