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Vancouver Art Gallery Public Offering to Five Architectural Firms -Japanese Firms Shortlisted

Vancouver Art Gallery Public Offering to Five Architectural Firms -Japanese Firms Shortlisted

21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa designed by SANAA

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 Vancouver Art Gallery (750 Hornby St. Vancouver Tel: 604-662-4719) announced on January 9th that they had shortlisted five architectural firms for a new building to be constructed due to the relocation. SANAA, which is based in Tokyo, was also shortlisted.

 Seventy-five architectural firms from sixteen countries applied this time. They have selected firms based on the concept of ‘architectural significant new building and celebrating Vancouver’s rich cultural context.’ Design proposals were judged by obtaining advice from architects and experts of design and urban planning.

 Bruce Munro Wright, chair of the architect selection committee, talked about reasons for the selection, ‘All the five shortlisted firms were chosen for their track record in creating innovative and engaging arts and cultural spaces. Each firm has clear and creative architectural visions and will help us to enhance Vancouver’s existing stature as an international city for art.’

 SANAA is an architectural firm which was established Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa and is based in Tokyo. They have designed Louvre-Lens Museum (France), the Rolex Learning Center (Switzerland) and New Museum of Contemporary Arts. SANAA commented, ‘We will do our best for the competition and hope Vancouverists will use our building comfortably which is suitable for “Beautiful British Columbia”

 Final result is expected to be announced around spring after the process of interviews.

(Translated by Hiroko Shioda)

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