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.