Emily Carr University for Art + Design will be moving from Granville Island to a new state-of-the-art campus on Great Northern Way in East Vancouver. The province has now revealed renderings of the new campus.
The new Emily Carr was originally set to be completed by July 2016 but will now open in 2017, and will be 286,320 square feet, approximately 45 per cent larger than the existing campus. It will also have room for expansion, something the current Granville Island location does not have as it currently occupies two buildings totalling 198,692 square feet.
The $122.1 million building is funded by the Provincial Government ($100 million) and Emily Carr University ($17 million). The exterior is built from two kinds of aluminum panel in different patterns while the inside of the building will include a restuarant, art gallery, an indigenous wood carving centre, and a 400-seat theatre space.
The campus also features a vibrant outdoor space with an arts plaza for performances and video screens to screen outdoor films. There will also be 250 bicycle parking spaces.
In a statement from the province today, officials said the campus will be designed with the following features:
- The entire campus will be outfitted with state-of-the-art technology that will allow for integrated displays for learning and interaction.
- Student common spaces will be open and flexible, encouraging exchange between interdisciplinary artistic practices and informal social gatherings enhancing overall university life. The abundant use of glass in open atriums and their proximity to the academic commons and library will encourage transparency and collaboration.
- Exteriors will also be outfitted with state-of-the art technology to allow for public programming and outdoor spaces to be illuminated, inviting in visitors and the public to engage and explore the new campus
“With the exciting milestone today, we move another step closer toward the creation of a new campus at Great Northern Way,” said Emily Carr University of Art and Design president Ron Burnett. “The new campus will be the beginning of a creative cultural precinct and a centre for 21st-century learning in art, design, media and applied research.”
The new facility will become an exciting anchor for the Great Northern Way Campus, a 7.28-hectare (18-acre) site on the False Creek Flats which is owned and developed jointly by UBC, SFU, BCIT and Emily Carr University of Art and Design. The campus is currently home to the Centre for Digital Media – an integrated instruction and student-housing complex for a masters in digital media program that is jointly accredited and awarded by all four institutions.