Design Landmarks

Brand new for 2018, we’ve been collecting suggestions from the design community, asking what is your favourite design landmark?, and securing tours for a select few.

The Suggestions

We are grateful for all the suggestions received over the past few months. Each suggested landmark was considered along lines of local significance, accessibility, and potential discovery by the design community.

Blodel Conservatory
The Courthouse
City Hall
Dominion Building
Emily Carr University
5th and Pine Pop Up Park
Hotel Vancouver
Lion's Gate Bridge
Lonsdale Quay Q Tower
Museum of Anthropology
The Marine Building
Money's Mushrooms Sign
Pacific Central Station
Parks Board Office
The Polygon Gallery
Portside Park
Rennie Gallery
Robson Square
Science World
Vancouver Lookout
VPL Main Branch
Vogue Theatre
Wilson School of Design at KPU

Emily Carr University of Art and Design

Although rumoured for years, the idea of moving the entire ECUAD facility from Granville Island to Great Northern Way was almost unthinkable. But not only did the move come to pass, the new campus has emerged as a distinctive and eye-catching architectural work that has opened a new era for the emerging False Creek Flats area.

This Design Landmark tour will take you behind the scenes of the vision, architectural process, and the realities of creating a complex, multi-building facility. Tickets now available.

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The Polygon Gallery

A crowning piece of North Vancouver’s waterfront transformation, The Polygon Gallery has opened to architectural and cultural acclaim. With its strong artistic sensibility and commitment to public access, this new building has become an instantly recognizable landmark.

This Design Landmark tour will take you through this gorgeous and exciting space to take in its stunning views and next level design. This event is sold out, but a wait list is available.

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Also a feature of the North Vancouver waterfront, the Megabench makes a perfect pairing with the Polygon tour. Simple in concept and profound in execution, the Megabench is large wooden deck for viewing distant sunsets and the detail of the intertidal edge of the city. This beautiful, highly detailed construction invites people of all ages to enjoy their city together.

This Design Landmark tour will take you in-depth on the why and how of this singular piece of design. Tickets are now available.

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Parks Board Office in Stanley Park

On the edge of our world famous forested park sits a somewhat unassuming building that is, in fact, a portal to a different era of design. The Vancouver Parks Board Office in Stanley Park is perhaps our best-preserved, though still actively used, example of mid-century modernism.

This rare tour will take you through a seldom-seen gem of our city’s government and design legacy. Tickets and additional detail are coming soon, watch our social media and website schedule for details.

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