2020 Vancouver BIKEnnale/WALKennale Launches for August!

Pump up your tires and lace up your sneakers – the Vancouver Biennale is launching BIKEnnale/WALKennale!

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2020 Vancouver BIKEnnale/WALKennale Launches for August!

13 Impressive Buildings in Vancouver

photo: Jack Hunter

photo: Jack Hunter

populistPopulist is Vancouver’s cinematic city guide, showcasing everything that’s happening in the city through video – Your hub for where to go, what to do and who to see. Populist is run by Film and TV Producer, Rebecca Traub and Broadcast Journalist, Blanca Blandon (aka YinYang). Follow the fun at thisispopulist.com.

Walking around Vancouver, it’s impossible to go very far without noticing a cool building. Our architecture has developed over the years into what is now as the “West Coast Style.” We’re fortunate to have a mix of modern and older buildings to lend to the character of this and by famed architects including Canadian Arthur Erickson. If you live in Vancouver, you’ve definitely come across some of the buildings on this list and if you’re visiting the city – you’ll want to check these out.

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13 Impressive Buildings in Vancouver

Vancouver Skyscraper Earns “Future Project of the Year” Honours

Vancouver-House-by-BIG_dezeen_936_0While the proposal for Vancouver’s new art gallery was met with mixed reviews, one new project is already turning heads and wowing architecture buffs.

The Vancouver House – the twisting, 50-plus-storey high-rise being built at the edge of the Granville Street Bridge – has taken home top honours at this year’s World Architectural Festival.

The uniquely curving tower beat out competitors from around the world to take home the prize at this year’s competition in Singapore. Judges were especially impressed by the way that architect Bjarke Ingels, the Copenhagen-based wunderkind behind Calgary’s Telus Sky Tower and VIA 57 West in Manhattan, dealt with the extreme physical limitations of the building site.  Continue reading:
Vancouver Skyscraper Earns “Future Project of the Year” Honours

Glitzy 26-Floor “Origami” Tower Proposed near Historic Gastown

Image from Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill

Image from Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill

Vancouver’s historic Waterfront Station may soon be getting a glitzy new neighbour.

A sleek, 26-story tower – described as “origami” in glass and steel – has been proposed for the parking lot currently located between the 1912 station on the edge of Gastown and the adjacent Landing building, a century-old office building that houses the Steamworks bar and restaurant.

The tower, proposed by Cadillac Fairview, is designed by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture,the same U.S.-based firm who built the Burj Khalifa in Dubai (the world’s tallest building) and who are working on Saudi Arabia’s Kingdom Tower, to be the new tallest building when completed in 2018.

To fit in the small space available, the tower folds in at its base, enveloping one corner of the historic CPR train station.  Higher up, it broadens to resemble the new World Trade Centre in New York, with angled planes of glass and steel. Continue reading:
Glitzy 26-Floor “Origami” Tower Proposed near Historic Gastown

Vancouver’s Best Churches for Visitors

Vancouver Churhes

Photo: John Lee

The following article was contributed by Vancouver travel writer and Lonely Planet author John Lee (@johnleewriter)

In a city where buildings from the early days are vastly outnumbered by modern glass towers, Vancouver has plenty of historic churches for visitors who love popping into places of worship on their travels.

The first stop for many is downtown’s Christ Church Cathedral, a beautiful heritage structure that looks like it could have been transported straight from a 19th-century English parish. Continue reading:
Vancouver’s Best Churches for Visitors

Featured Attraction of the Week: The Vancouver Heritage Foundation (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

photo: The Vancouver Heritage Foundation

Back by popular demand, Inside Vancouver has relaunched the “Featured Attraction of the Week” series. Each Monday we’ll be featuring a different Vancouver attraction and will be giving away free tickets to our readers. To be eligible, all you have to do is post a comment.

The Special Vancouver Special!

What is people’s usual reaction when a Vancouver Special is mentioned? Animosity? Aversion? Or, an appreciation of the potential coolness in these houses? Join The Vancouver Heritage Foundation’s tour on Saturday, September 22nd and check out 5 re-imagined and renovated Specials, where the homeowners maximized their potential!
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Featured Attraction of the Week: The Vancouver Heritage Foundation (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

Five Random Architectural Gems in Vancouver

Photo credit: Andreas Van Greunen

Perhaps because it doesn’t have the long, storied built history of a London, a Paris or even a New York, Vancouver is rarely acclaimed for its architectural wonders.  Yet as any architecture buff will tell you, there are plenty of fascinating buildings in the city.

For Vancouver’s 125th birthday, the Vancouver Sun’s John Mackie has been profiling a few of the more quirky and interesting structures, from recreated Maya temples to lavish private palaces.  For your sightseeing pleasure, I’ve listed some of Mackie’s picks below, as well as a few of my own.

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Five Random Architectural Gems in Vancouver