The Best Architectural Buildings in Vancouver

The Best Architectural Buildings in Vancouver

In your travels, you will likely come across some unique architectural designs. Every city or region all around the world has some buildings that you will find fascinating.

Come and explore some of the best architectural buildings in Vancouver in this list.


Museum of Anthropology

Museum of Anthropology

Architect Arthur Charles Erickson is famous for being the most influential architect in Canada.

In 1986, he won the American Institute of Architects AIA Gold Medal for designing the Embassy of Canada in Washington, D.C. He remains the only Canadian to achieve such honors.

The Museum of Anthropology is one of his masterpieces. The exterior of the Museum of Anthropology bears a resemblance to the West Coast mountains. Arthur Erickson created this award-winning museum in 1976.

The combination of massive windows and concrete creates an enormous canvass that captures a breathtaking sunset or another picturesque sight at the Point Grey cliffs.

The museum is home to more than 40,000 objects that have been gathered all over the world. Visitors can capture the scenic views from the inside of the museum while looking at the collection of treasures.

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Marine Building

Marine Building

At the core of downtown Vancouver lies a giant skyscraper called Marine Building. The building is an illustrious, impressive example of art deco architecture.

When you are in Vancouver, you don’t need to go as far as Miami just to see beautiful art-deco architecture. Simply head to where the Marine Building is located, and you will see it right away.

The Marine Building’s exterior, which resembles a layered wedding cake, and interior have brass fixtures that have marine symbols. Similar symbols are also found in the stonework.


Science World

Science World

The geodesic dome of the Science World has a unique golf ball design. It’s all thanks to the creative mind of Richard Buckminster Fuller. He was an American architect, inventor, engineer, and futurist who created the design for the geodesic dome.

He patented 28 inventions, which included the geodesic dome. The geodesic dome is the one and only massive dome that can stand as a complete structure when directly set on the ground.

During the 1986 World Fair, the Science World was specially built to be the Expo Centre. The dome is a sight to behold at night when all its lights and triangles cast a reflection in the surrounding water.


Vancouver Convention Centre

Vancouver Convention Centre

The completion of the West Building of the Vancouver Convention Centre happened in 2009. Its main feature is the unique green roof that measures six acres.

It is Canada’s largest green roof and North America’s largest non-industrial living roof. It is also one of the world’s 10 largest green roofs.

From the green roof of the West Building, you will see spectacular, awe-inspiring sights across North Vancouver. The roof also serves as a sanctuary for European honey beehives.


Hotel Europe

Hotel Europe vancouver

In the early 1900s, Hotelier Angelo Calori commissioned the construction of Hotel Europe, which became the first reinforced concrete structure in Canada. Today, it no longer functions as a hotel but as a housing building subsidized by the government.

It happened after its 1983 renovations. It is Gastown’s six-story heritage building. Hotel Europe was once considered the city’s best hotel, but it is no longer open to anyone who is not a resident of the place.

Hotel Europe is one of the best triangular-style buildings in the world. The hotel retains its original lead-glass windows and Italian tile work.


Vancouver Public Library

Vancouver Public Library

The Vancouver Public Library was designed by Moshe Safdie. The library resembles a modern coliseum, and it takes up a full city block.

It never fails to captivate anyone, whether it is the exterior or interior. The heart of this coliseum-like library is a spiraling grand urban room.

The library square serves as a place of solace for anyone looking for a good space to contemplate and study. On top of the library lies a grand reading room and a public park. The library has everything to offer to all types of readers.


Vancouver Art Gallery

Vancouver Art Gallery

The Vancouver Art Gallery is Canada’s fifth-largest museum and the largest in Western Canada in terms of scale and size. Thompson and Sharp, local architects, designed the Art Gallery.

The Art Gallery is recognized as one of the city’s most innovative buildings. The building follows an Art Deco style, and it was built in 1931. The 132 X 66 feet land area where it was erected was a donation from the City of Vancouver. The names of the famous painters were carved on the frieze of the gallery.

You will find the busts of Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo at the entrance. The Art Gallery underwent an expansion in 1951, and grew thrice its original size. The move was made so the gallery would be able to accommodate the 157 works of Emily Carr.


Vancouver House

Vancouver House

Bjarke Ingels is the Danish architect who designed the Vancouver House, which has a unique yet beguiling design. He based his design on a triangle with its tip on the ground.

As the figure ascends to the top and grows wider, it gradually transitions into a rectangle. It is clear from the design that the architect was faced with the challenge of developing a building design that will fit in a triangular plot of land and still yield a lot of space to move around.

The Vancouver House has box-shaped balconies that exude a honeycomb texture for its exterior. Anyone who sees this building will surely agree that it is something remarkable.

Bloedel Conservatory

Bloedel Conservatory

Atop Vancouver’s highest point in Queen Elizabeth Park is where the domed lush paradise of Bloedel Conservatory is located.

It is home to 500 exotic plants and at least a hundred exotic birds. It was constructed with the help of Prentice Bloedel’s generous donation. It was built to gain a better understanding and appreciation of the world of plants. It has been designated as a heritage building.

The Vancouver Botanical Garden Association and Vancouver Park Board joined hands to ensure the smooth operation of the conservatory. These are just some of the best architectural buildings in Vancouver and there could be more of them in the coming years.

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