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Future Location Of The Vancouver Art Gallery?

The old courthouse, its current home, is too constricting for the exhibition of world-class art but it has demonstrated that a museum in the heart of the city plays an important urban role beyond the gallery walls. The cultural, political and economic heart of Vancouver beats in the compact spaces surrounding the VAG because public spaces like those don’t exist elsewhere in the city.

Of those available to the Gallery, is an empty block at Cambie and Georgia – Larwill Park. This area of the city hosts a collection of notable pieces of architecture, all of which occupy most of a city block: the Library, the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, and the CBC building. These projects are isolated, each with their own public plazas, big enough only to host a small performance or market. A new VAG on this site would face the same isolation. There is an opportunity to deliver Vancouver much more than a solitary museum, but it requires a site with greater opportunities.

The City has been preparing for the removal of the “Granville loops” at the north end of the Granville bridge. Once cleared, this site will be even larger than Larwill Park. It’s aligned on one of the most important axes in Vancouver and is the doorway to the downtown peninsula for people arriving by foot, bike, bus and car. A new Vancouver Art Gallery on this site would be transformative.



For more details, visit the proposals homepage: http://www.vancouvermat.com

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