Canada Place

Vancouver, British Columbia

Design Thinking: Built upon an 1,100-foot long pier that was significantly extended in 2003, this 1.78 million square foot, mixed-use waterfront development initially served as the Canadian Pavilion for Expo ’86. The fibreglass-reinforced Teflon fabric roof has become a Vancouver landmark. It spans 180 feet diagonally over the exhibition spaces and creates a sail-like appearance with its undulating ridges. This nautical motif is reflected in the careful detailing of the entire complex. A series of outside terraces offers a dramatic view of the mountains and Stanley Park. They function as pedestrian esplanades from downtown to the harbour as well as the required fire escapes for the building.

Key Features: The complex now contains the 384,000 sq.ft. Vancouver Trade and Convention Centre, and 243,000 sq.ft. World Trade Centre offices. It also features the 505-room Pan Pacific Hotel, 43,000 sq.ft of retail space, fully equipped five-berth cruise ship terminal, 480-seat 3D IMAX cinema, bus depot, and 770 parking spaces. Public promenades, located on both sides of the building and on various levels offer dramatic views of the mountains and Stanley Park. They lead to an urban piazza at the end of the pier which features a 1,000-seat amphitheatre, restaurants, and small shopping centre.

Completed as Predecessor Firm: Zeidler Roberts Partnership Architects
In Joint Venture with: Musson Cattell Mackey and Downs Archambeault Architects
Client: Canada Harbourplace Corporation
Size: 1,780,000 sq.ft. (165,367 sq.m)
Awards:
• AIPC Apex Award – World’s Best Convention Centre, 2008
• Waterfront Center – Excellence on the Waterfront Award, 1988
• Downtown Vancouver Association – Achievement Award, 1986
• International Downtown Association – Achievement Award, 1986