The VanDusen Botanical Garden in Vancouver, British Columbia, was founded in 1971; doors opened to the public in 1975. By the year 2000, two existing buildings, the Floral Hall and the Garden Pavilion, were seeing much wear and the Garden’s entrance needed higher visibility. There was also a desire to attract more visitors and reach out to a younger demographic. Changes were needed.
In keeping with existing buildings on the site which were built of heavy timber construction, any new building would also use a wood-based construction system. It seemed the most appropriate choice for a natural garden setting.
The VanDusen Visitor Centre is the focus of modifications brought to the Garden. The project also included the deconstruction of an entrance structure, some modifications to existing buildings, and the addition of one pedestrian bridge and modification of another. Read the Case Study