Archinect - News 2015-11-29T19:54:57-05:00 Herzog & de Meuron's concept for new Vancouver Art Gallery released Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-09-29T20:08:00-04:00 >2015-10-12T13:08:14-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="363" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>After <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">beating out</a> KPMB Architects, SANAA, Tod Williams Billie Tsien and DS+R&nbsp;to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">win the project back in April of 2014</a>,&nbsp;Herzog &amp; de Meuron have now released the first look at their design for the new Vancouver Art Gallery, a significant update on the Gallery's old neoclassical building and the firm's first in Canada.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The new Gallery will not only double the amount of exhibition space to over 85,000 square feet, but also relocate the institution a few blocks into a quickly-developing sector of Vancouver's downtown. The formal update is pretty extreme &ndash; the prior Gallery's columns, front steps and flanking lions bestowed a formal, traditional vibe, while Herzog &amp; de Meuron's stack of wooden and transparent volumes is top-loaded so that "the modest, almost domestic scale will enhance the character of openness and visibility for everyone," according to Jaques Herzog in a statement.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>For more information on the Gallery's redesign, check out <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">our interview with museum director&nbsp;Kathleen S. Bart...</a></p> Interview with Vancouver Art Gallery's director: how will Herzog & de Meuron's new museum impact Canadian architecture? Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-04-30T12:39:00-04:00 >2014-05-06T22:55:31-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="380" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">announced y</a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">esterday</a> on Archinect, the Vancouver Art Gallery has selected the Swiss firm Herzog &amp; de Meuron to design their new building. The new museum&rsquo;s site will double the footprint of the old neoclassical building, and relocate the museum to a newly densifying area of Vancouver&rsquo;s downtown. Herzog &amp; de Meuron were chosen from a prestigious shortlist due to their sensitivity to place when designing institutional structures, creating forms attentive and responsive to the local area. &nbsp;Archinect spoke with the museum&rsquo;s director, Kathleen S. Bartels, about what this means for the museum&rsquo;s legacy and the future of Canadian architecture.</p><p><strong>Archinect: What in particular of Herzog &amp; de Meuron&rsquo;s previous work appealed to the Vancouver Art Museum?</strong></p><p>Kathleen S. Bartels: What we found so interesting and inspiring about Herzog &amp; de Meuron&rsquo;s work is that they&rsquo;re extraordinarily creative. They&rsquo;re real innovators in museum design, they&rsquo;ve built twenty museums around the world. They have an ability ...</p> Herzog & de Meuron wins their first Canadian project with designing the new Vancouver Art Gallery Justine Testado 2014-04-29T13:46:00-04:00 >2014-05-06T22:54:15-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="323" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Herzog &amp; de Meuron will be designing the new Vancouver Art Gallery, as announced today by the institution. The space of the current 300,000 sq.ft Gallery will be doubled and provide facilities to support the museum's continuously increasing number of collections, exhibitions, and programs. Among Herzog &amp; de Meuron's notable cultural institution projects worldwide,&nbsp; the new Vancouver Art Gallery will be the Swiss firm's first Canadian project. Conceptual designs are expected to be revealed in early 2015.</p><p>HdM was selected out of a star-studded shortlist that consisted of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Diller Scofidio + Renfro</a> (New York), <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects</a> (New York), <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">KPMB Architects </a>(Toronto), and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SANAA</a> (Tokyo). The finalists, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">who were announced in January</a>, were chosen out of 75 firms from 16 countries who submitted to an open Request for Qualifications process issued by the Gallery.</p><p>Here's more detail about the project from the Vancouver Art Gallery:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>"The Vancouver Art Gallery&rsquo;s Architect Selection...</p> Vancouver Art Gallery opens up shortlist ring to five international design heavyweights Alexander Walter 2014-01-09T21:04:00-05:00 >2014-01-15T11:18:18-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="324" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The heat is on in the architectural competition for Vancouver Art Gallery's new downtown home on a site at West Georgia and Cambie Streets. From a pool of 75 applicants, the gallery narrowed down a shortlist of five firms &mdash; all of which are no strangers to designing world-class exhibition spaces.</p></em><br /><br /><p> The five finalists are:</p> <ul><li> Diller Scofidio + Renfro (New York)</li> <li> Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects (New York)</li> <li> Herzog &amp; de Meuron (Basel)</li> <li> KPMB Architects (Toronto)</li> <li> SANAA (Tokyo)</li> </ul><p> Could this be the welcome redemption time for TWBTA after <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">it was announced</a> just yesterday that DS+R's MoMA expansion will officially raze the much beloved <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">American Folk Art Museum</a>? <em>(*ding ding ding!*)</em></p>