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The concept for the public art at Vancouver House was born from the idea of doing a sculptural interpretation of Rodney Graham’s film piece Torqued Chandelier Release. Torqued Chandelier Release was inspired by Sir Isaac Newton’s famous water-bucket experiment, which explored the nature of rotational motion and now its physical counterpart will find its home […]

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This is a story beginning with a complex land assembly, an infill zone at the bridgehead lands left behind with an abandoned highway plan. A story in which we spent many years planning a concept where we peeled density off the land beneath the bridge and parked it on a lot the size of a […]

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When the First Baptist Church leadership chose Westbank to redevelop their lands we knew we needed to find the right architect to translate that opportunity into a worthy vision. When we invited Bing to take a walk around the site he was taken with it immediately and his final design for the residential tower is […]

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We were honoured to host legendary photographer Fred Herzog at the Fight for Beauty Exhibition this past month. His work, CPR Pier & Marine Building (1953), taken on his first colour roll of film, is one of only 20 prints. CPR Pier & Marine building depicts Vancouver, in a photo taken from exactly where you […]

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The spectacular creativity of Roberto Capucci, legendary Italian designer, sculpted Fire, a flaming red dress of layered silk and silk taffeta for his 1985 collection. Now apart of the Westbank Fashion Collection, photographer Justin Wu brings to life the elements of wildfire captured in the dress in the Fight for Beauty Exhibition.

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Omer Arbel’s glass light installation ‘16.480’ is achieved through an elegant creative process. Formed by sequentially pouring three separate layers of coloured, molten glass on a horizontal plane, each layer has a different opacity, which responds to the haphazard shape of the previous pour, to create a uniquely layered whole. The resulting light is visually […]

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We have handpicked four vintage haute couture dresses from our Westbank Fashion Collection for display in the Fight for Beauty Exhibition. We invite you to come view these four dresses and experience key moments in the history of fashion, when some of the greatest designers of our time were taking some of their greatest risks […]

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The Butterfly blossomed from our continued partnership with the Fazioli Company, crafted in Sacile, Italy, an area renowned for an ancient and prestigious tradition in woodworking. Established in 1981 by engineer and pianist Paolo Fazioli, each piano embodies the fundamental philosophies behind the company that guarantee each piano is tested to perfection. Fazioli’s love for […]

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Kengo Kuma, the acclaimed Japanese architect has taken traditional aesthetics of a Tea House and brought them to a Vancouver residential high-rise. This 140-square-foot structure sits on the 19th-floor terrace, with a conventional veranda floor plan and extended eaves – framing views of the Harbour. Featuring local Douglas fir; the moss and stones used for […]

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The TELUS Sky façade features integrated LED lighting which wraps around each “pixel,” the window frames of the building, along the south façade. This fully programmable installation serves as the basis of the public art by Doug Coupland. Coupland will be creating a series of façade animation sequences that takes advantage of the building’s curved […]

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On October 1, we welcomed 600 Westbank Friends & Family to preview the Fight for Beauty Exhibition. Following the exhibition preview, a panel discussion was held featuring the exhibitions artists, creators and collaborators.

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Get a sneak peek behind Westbank’s Fight for Beauty Exhibition opening October 14th. In ‘Fight for Beauty’ we are attempting to encapsulate the architecture, artistry, design, fashion and city-building initiatives that have come to define our practice. Inside you will see public art projects undertaken with world-class creatives, architecture from architects who are artists in […]

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