The Vancouver Art Gallery has unveiled Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron’s conceptual design for a new museum building in downtown Vancouver. The 310,000-square-foot building is designed to serve the Gallery’s expanding collection.
The new building features over 85,000 square feet of exhibition space—more than doubling its current size—with 40,000 square feet of galleries dedicated to the museum’s vast collection. It also features a new education centre that includes a 350-seat auditorium, workshops and a resource centre for research, library services and artist archives.
Herzog & de Meuron has designed the Vancouver Art Gallery’s new museum, featuring a wood cladding, as a symmetrical, upright building combining opaque and transparent surfaces, with larger volumes concentrated at the top and minimal mass at the bottom.
The estimated cost is $350 million, which still needs to be raised from public and private sources.