UCW is set to move into Vancouver House, the globally recognized project designed by architect Bjarke Ingels of BIG in 2020. The structure is one of CNN’s “most anticipated buildings set to shape the world”.
Like nearly all excellent architecture, the design for Vancouver House arose directly out of its context. In looking for a solution to this complex site, architect Bjarke Ingels did not begrudgingly accommodate its restrictions; he used those limitations to inform a shape that is as beautiful as it is unique. Awarded Future Project of the Year at the 2015 World Architecture Awards in Singapore for its innovation and its beauty, Vancouver House has since captured the world’s imagination. When this development is complete and when Rodney Graham’s six-metre Spinning Chandelier installation is spinning below the bridge, people everywhere will recognize this as city-building at its very best.
Applying the “Total Design” philosophy to an entire district and building on the success of Granville Island across False Creek, Vancouver House will be the active core of a new waterfront neighbourhood called the “Beach District”.
The Beach District will be complete community and a year-round destination, with a marketplace, creative workspace, innovative retailers hosted in 5 Shipping Containers with rotating year-round programming, a unique mix of restaurants and cafes, one-off concepts, shops and services, food carts and craft fairs, all animated by a range of street celebrations, block parties and pop-up events.
The Beach District will also include tenants Fresh Street Market and London Drugs, as well as Spinning Chandelier, a major public art installation by renowned artist Rodney Graham. The piece, set to complete this fall, will be suspended beneath the Granville Street Bridge, rising slowly throughout the day and spinning downwards at a set time each night, creating a draw for visitors and residents alike.
The Beach District surrounding Vancouver House will create a new cultural district for the city that will be active and vibrant day and night.
UCW Vancouver House will be one of the anchors of the new Beach District community, comprising over 90,000 sq. ft. of space in two of the podium buildings, which are currently under construction. Downtown, between the West End and Yaletown, steps from Sunset Beach, English Bay and Vancouver’s 28 kilometre Seawall, the world’s longest uninterrupted waterfront path, UCW Vancouver House Campus will feature greenspace and all of Vancouver’s urban amenities.
UCW Vancouver House will be able to accommodate more than 3,400 students with the first term in the new facility expected to be July 2020.