Vancouver Convention Centre West

Vancouver, Canada

Project Size:

1,200,000 square feet

Project Status:

Completed 2009

LEED Status:

Certified LEED New Construction Platinum

Associate Architect:

DA Architects + Planners

Musson Cattell Mackey Partnership


Vancouver Convention Centre is First to Receive LEED Platinum Ranking

Architecture & Design, 2/16/10

Build It and They Will Come

GreenSource, 3/30/10

American Institute of Architects' Top 10 Green Buildings

Time, 4/1/11

LEED Platinum Vancouver Convention Centre Takes Home Top Ten AIA COTE Award

Inhabitat, 4/26/11

The Grass Ceiling

ARCHITECT, 11/1/11

Study Shows Beautiful Buildings Outperform Other Green Buildings by 4 Times

Inhabitat, 8/28/12

Selected Awards

2013 AIA National

Honor Award for Architecture

2013 AIA National

Honor Award for Regional and Urban Design

2013 World Architecture News

Sustainable Building of the Year

2011 AIA

Committee on the Environment Award

2011 AIA National

Honor Award for Interior Architecture

2011 AIA

Award for Outstanding Renovation Project

2011 World Architecture News

Effectiveness Award

2010 AIA Northwest & Pacific Region

Honor Award

2010 Urban Land Institute

Global Award for Excellence: The Americas Competition

2009 AIA Seattle Chapter

Honor Award

Situated on Vancouver’s waterfront on one of the most unique civic building sites in North America, the world's first LEED Platinum convention center is designed to bring together the complex ecology, vibrant local culture and urban environment, embellishing their interrelationships through architectural form and materiality.

The design knits the convention center experience into the urban fabric of the downtown core, using the building to frame public open space and extend the city’s pedestrian activity to the waterfront.  Connecting to an existing harbor greenbelt, it continues a public promenade and bike trail across the site, completing an important link in the city’s park system, originating from Stanley Park to the west.

The architectural expression embodies the diverse elements that define its place.  Use of folded landforms blurs the distinction between building and landscape, urbanity and nature, creating a major civic plaza and 6-acre living roof—the largest in Canada.