UCW opened its beautiful new Vancouver House Campus in October 2020.
The campus is part of the stunning Vancouver House development. In 2019, CNN named the globally recognized project designed by star Danish architect Bjarke Ingles of BIG, one of the “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.
Applying the “Total Design” philosophy to an entire district and building on the success of Granville Island across False Creek, Vancouver House is the active core of a new waterfront neighbourhood called the Beach District.
The Beach District community will become 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 Vancouver House development also includes tenants Fresh Street Market and London Drugs, as well as Spinning Chandelier, a public art installation by renowned artist Rodney Graham. The piece is 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’s Vancouver House Campus, which at 90,000 square feet can accommodate more than 3,400 students, is located downtown between the West End and Yaletown, just steps from Sunset Beach, English Bay and Vancouver’s 28-kilometre seawall, the world’s longest uninterrupted waterfront path.