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 Ingels 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.
Awards & Accolades
- In November 2021, Vancouver House was honoured with two AFBC Architecture Awards of Excellence, the highest level of architecture awards in British Columbia – a Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia Award in Architecture and a Design Excellence Award.
- Best Tall Building Worldwide at the 18th Annual CTBUH Awards Program.
- Best Tall Building 100-199 metres 2021 Award of Excellence at the 2021 Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) Annual Awards.
- Best Tall Residential or Hotel Building 2021 Award of Excellence at the 2021 CTBHU Annual Awards.
- 2021 AZ Awards Winner in the Multi-Unit Residential Buildings category.
- 2021 AZ Awards People’s Choice Award – Multi-Unit Residential Buildings.
- In 2019, CNN named Vancouver House one of the “most anticipated buildings set to shape the world in 2020.”
- Featured in a New York Times article, A New Twist on Vancouver’s Skyline, in 2019.
- Awarded Future Project of the Year at the 2015 World Architecture Festival Awards in Singapore.
- Awarded a 2015 Canadian Architect Award of Excellence.