Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Vancouver Convention Centre


A few photos from a recent visit to the new
Vancouver Convention Centre, designed by Seattle-based LMN Architects in collaboration with Vancouver's Musson Cattell Mackey Partnership and D/A Architects + Planners:


Exterior breezeway, looking towards the North Shore.

Second floor showing copious hemlock used for interior cladding.

Detail of hemlock 'ends' attached to East and West sides of interior walls, giving the effect of a solid massing of stacked wood timbers.

Smaller meeting rooms to the right fade into the distance.

Gathering area showing part of green roof. At the top of this particular section is an apiary.

Seating area adjoining meeting rooms to the left. Windows facing the North Shore vault outwards to help deflect noise from seaplanes and allow a precipitous view down to the water.




Scattered throughout the building are commissioned works by artists such as Germaine Koh, Roy Arden and Derek Root. Root's installation, pictured above, is a large mosaic tile work inlaid into the floor on the lower level. The piece carries on the tradition of public mosaics by earlier artists such as Lionel Thomas and B.C. Binning and has a distinct West Coast quality.

2 comments:

Vancouver said...

I really appreciate your blog and thought that you might be interested in learning more about the Vancouver Convention Centre.

The Convention Centre is an innovative new landmark in downtown Vancouver. From the avant interior design of its exhibition spaces, to the gorgeous surrounding harbour and the living green roof atop the centre, there is a lot about this facility that I believe your would find interesting.

We recently uploaded the full series of mini-documentaries and photography for the Vancouver Convention Centre, which I also wanted to share:

Videos: http://www.youtube.com/user/vancouverconvention
Photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/vancouverconvention

Should you or your readers require further information, please do not hesitate to let me know. The videos and photos can be easily embedded, if you choose to include them on your site.

Sincerely,
Cameron

CM McLellan said...

Cameron,

Thanks for the information and the links. The documentaries offer some great insight into the building.