16 amazing buildings in Metro Vancouver

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Architects practicing design in the region have honed in on pertinent aspects that draw masses to the built environment. Design approaches are often derived from notions of contact with the natural environment, integrative existences, and the intrinsic value of every buildable site.

Many people have been drawn to Vancouver by the land, water, and mountains. For Vancouverites and their neighbours, the beauty of the background seems too easily attained.

Now look towards the expanses of built form throughout the city growing larger every day. The most iconic buildings are often exceptionally beautiful and inspirational. Each of these architectural works tell a fascinating story just by looking at the façade, building forms, and landscapes.

Here is a list of a 16 places in Metro Vancouver that iconically augment the architectural value of the surrounding environment.

Shangri-La Hotel
James K.M. Cheng

Image: Shangri-La Hotel

Image: Shangri-La Hotel

Eugenia Place Tower
Richard Henriquez + Partners

Image: Henriquez Partners Architects

Image: Henriquez Partners Architects

EA Canada
MCM Partnership

Image: Musson Cattell Mackey Partnership

Image: Musson Cattell Mackey Partnership

Canada House (Vancouver Olympic Village)
Arthur Erickson

Image: Arthur Erickson

Image: Arthur Erickson

Woodward’s Redevelopment
Henriquez Partners Architects

Image: Henriquez Partners Architects

Image: Henriquez Partners Architects

Sheraton Wall Centre
Busby Perkins + Will

Image: Sheraton

Image: Sheraton

Vancouver Convention Centre (West)
LMN + DA with MCM Partnership

Image: LMN Architects

Image: LMN Architects

Beaty Biodiversity Centre and Aquatic Ecosystems Research Laboratory
Patkau Architects

Image: Archdaily

Image: Archdaily

Richmond Olympic Oval
Cannon Design

Image: Fast + Epp

Image: Fast + Epp

Surrey City Centre Library
Bing Thom Architects

Image: Bing Thom Architects

Image: Bing Thom Architects

Jameson House
Foster & Partners

Image: Francl Architecture and Foster + Partners

Image: Francl Architecture and Foster + Partners

Semiahmoo Library + RCMP Facility
Green Over Grey (Living Wall) with MCM

Image: Musson Cattell Mackey Partnership

Image: Musson Cattell Mackey Partnership

Library Square – Vancouver Public Library Central Branch
Moshe Safdie

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Image: Vancouver Library Square via Shutterstock

Canada Place
Eberhard Zeidler

Canada Place Alaska Cruise Shutterstock
Image: Canada Place via Shutterstock

Science World
Bruno Freschi

Vancouver Travel Destination
Image: Science World via Shutterstock

BC Place Stadium
Studio Phillips Barratt, Ltd. and Stantec Architecture Ltd.

BC Place and Rogers Arena
Image: Jason Pier via Flickr

 

Featured Image: Musson Cattell Mackey Partnership

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