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7 Amazing Buildings In The 604 Designed By Vancouver Architect Bing Thom

Photo: Clayton Perry Photography

When it comes to style, Vancouver architect Bing Thom has swag like no other. Notorious for beautiful pieces of work around the city, Bing just recently got recruited to design his 11th building in Hong Kong. In honor of the great architect, we’ve listed his 7 most notable designs around the 604.

Aberdeen Centre, Richmond
Unlike most shopping centres that look inward, Aberdeen Centre was designed to integrate into and urbanize its community. Parking is contained within the building, allowing the building to meet and respond to the curving street.

Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, UBC
The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts is composed of a series of discrete volumes. The larger contains the 1,400-seat Chan Shun concert hall and foyer, while the smaller ones house an entry foyer, a 250-seat experimental black-box studio and a 150-seat cinema.

Pacific Canada Pavilion at Vancouver Aquarium
Enclosing an existing U-shaped courtyard, the pavilion houses a grand room overlooking the lower-level pool, exhibition areas and a gift shop. The pavilion was completed in 1999.

Surrey City Centre Library
The building design features large windows, a grand staircase, open seating areas and a spectacular central atrium. Completed in 2011, it is 82,000 square feet in size and cost $26.5 million.

SFU SurreyCentral City
This ambitious mixed-use development focuses civic activity by integrating a new university and office tower with an existing shopping mall. Completed in 2004, the development is 1,000,000 square feet in size and had a budget of $135 million.

Guildford Aquatic Centre expansion, Surrey
The new Guildford Aquatic Centre expansion will create a destination aquatic facility with the capacity to host competitive swimming events. Daylight is carefully and deliberately introduced into the natatorium space, creating a unique atmosphere. Its budget is $31.5 million.

Sunset Community Centre, Vancouver
A sense of play was achieved through the creative use of basic and economical building materials, and through creating a strong connection to the exterior landscape. The $11-million, 30,000-square-foot Sunset Community Centre on Main Street was completed in 2007.

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