The Vancouver Art Gallery has narrowed down a list of 75 applicants to five finalist firms for the design of its new facility. The shortlist includes Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Herzog & de Meuron, KPMB Architects, SANAA, and Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architect. Each firm was assessed by the gallery’s architect selection committee and a technical review panel comprising experts in the fields of architecture, design, and urban planning. The teams will now undergo in-person interviews with a final selection expected in spring 2014.
“The architects short-listed for the design of our new home collectively reflect the global aspirations and achievements of our museum,” Bruce Munro Wright, chair of the gallery’s board of trustees and chair of the architect selection committee, said in a statement. “Each firm we selected is recognized for innovation and excellence in creating new spaces for engagement with arts and culture, and each demonstrated a strong and creative architectural vision that would support our mission and enhance Vancouver’s standing as one of the most exciting international centers of cultural production.”
The new building will offer dedicated space for the museum’s growing collections, expanded indoor and outdoor exhibition spaces, and expanded educational facilities.