The New Vancouver Art Gallery shares a major update and when it should open
After months of radio silence, the Vancouver Art Gallery made a huge announcement today, including an opening date timeline! If you didn’t know, the gallery is set to transform over the next few years, with a brand new building coming to town. Here’s a quick reminder.
Now under construction for about 5 years, the new Vancouver Art Gallery has received significant funding from the private and public sectors. In 2018, the Chan Family Foundation donated some $40 million, with the new building being named the Chan Center for Visual Arts in recognition. Then, a few months ago, the Audain Foundation announced another $100 million in support, marking the largest cash donation to an art gallery in Canadian history.
And today, the federal government also made a significant contribution! Under Infrastructure Canada’s Green and Inclusive Community Buildings program, the new building will receive some $25 million, plus $4.3 million from the country’s Cultural Spaces Fund. That’s a lot of money, and more is needed, so what does the vision actually entail?
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The @INFC_engThe GICB program aims to build more energy-efficient and low-carbon community buildings. The new Vancouver Art Gallery will be the first #Passive house art gallery in North America and will be the most environmentally friendly art museum in Canada. #ArtOpen #CanPoli pic.twitter.com/aZq4CFaGco
— Vancouver Art Gallery (@VanArtGallery) June 27, 2022
With the help of renowned architectural firm Herzog & de Meuron, the new building will in fact be the first “passive house” art gallery in North America! Adhering to strict standards of efficiency, the Passive House designation represents the most progressive building techniques in the world.
The fun doesn’t end there, however. Along with the move of the Vancouver Art Gallery, the building will also include a “multi-purpose Indigenous community house, theater, public art spaces, and initiatives and programs for marginalized and underserved groups.”
Which brings us to perhaps the most exciting part of it all – a timeline of the actual opening! According to today’s news, the new Vancouver Art Gallery is expected to be Open to the public by 2027. And given that time is running out, we’re not too upset about the wait…
Now, who will move into the old space?