Vancouver, British Columbia is a sophisticated,
multicultural metropolis renowned for its spectacular
natural setting of mountains, water, and park spaces
and lively urban core.
The nexus of these diverse elements—the natural ecology
of the waterfront, vibrant city culture, and urban built
environment is embodied in the design for the new
Vancouver Convention Centre West.
From the city’s sustainability commitment to its vibrant
The essence of the highly spirited surrounding
community is embedded in the architectural design
in several important ways.
The design visually links to Vancouver’s harbor
greenbelt and Stanley Park at the city’s western tip.
“It’s more than a building.
It is part of the waterfront and the park ecosystems.”
Over 130,000 square feet of new walkway/bikeway
connectsacross the site, extending Vancouver’s famous
waterfront and enhancing the public’s access to the
More than 120,000 square feet of new public plazas,
festival spaces and informal gathering areas encircle
the center, providing places for cultural activity.
Additional exterior terraces for public enjoyment are
part of the landscaped forms that comprise the
overall building shape and culminate with the
The project also provides for future development of
marine-based activities such as a float plane terminal
and public and private marinas.
Wood block from locally harvested Hemlock is a
predominant interior finish.
Douglas Fir slats comprise the ceiling, extending from
the outside to the inside and running the length of the
building to provide a directional texture to the spaces.
Interior colors reflect the building’s surroundings with
shades of blue in north meeting rooms, shades of teal
in the east meeting rooms, and shades of green in the
south meeting rooms.
The carpet in the ballroom is a pattern of copper and
blue rectangles, graduating from predominately copper
on the south side that is closest to urban core to
predominately blue on north side that looks over water.
The design of the Vancouver Convention Centre West
knits a close relation with the downtown core,
contributing to the evolution of the community’s
culture and evoking a unique experience of place
through the architecture.
In order to integrate the project to its urban
surroundings, the building is designed as an extension
of the waterfront public park intersected by the
convention center functions and the geometries,
views and spaces of the adjacent urban setting.
Its shape creates view corridors from the city’s urban
core that extend through to the water, capitalizing
on the centre’s location at the end of two major
The building also frames views into the urban setting.
More than 90,000 square feet of retail space animate
the public facades of the building and provide dining
and shopping opportunities.
The project reaches out to its surroundings through
the ultra clear structural glass envelope enclosing its
entire perimeter, and creating a strong visual
connection between inside and outside.
Targeting LEED® Canada Gold
Six-acre living roof, the largest in Canada and the
largest non-industrial living roof in North America
Restored marine habitat that is part of the building’s
Water conservation and reuse system that features
black water treatment and desalinization.
On-site black water treatment and desalinization
systems that are projected to reduce potable water
use 60 to 70 percent over typical convention centers
Heat pump system that takes advantage of the constant
temperature of adjacent seawater
Energy efficient fixtures Energy and advanced energy
Extensive use of controlled natural daylighting and
Extensive use of local materials, including Douglas fir
and Hemlock wood finishes harvested from Vancouver
Island and the Sunshine Coast
Radiant floor cooling Project Size: 1.2 million square feet
CHERYL C YOUNG, REALTOR
SAANICH PENINSULA REALTY
SIDNEY B.C www.cherylyoung.ca