The new 300,000 square-foot Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver provides 3,800 students and faculty with state-of-the-art multidisciplinary studios and common space in a landmark structure that will reinforce the school’s strong international reputation as a leading arts pioneer and educator.
Extensive glazing and white metal cladding with dashes of colour drawn from the works of the namesake British Columbia artist create a blank canvas for creation and community involvement. The arrival of the university in Vancouver’s downtown east side is a catalyst for redevelopment and connection with the city in an emerging cultural and academic precinct.
At its core, the design is shaped to provide a multitude of places for informal gathering, discussion, making and remaking. Distinct program areas are linked by light-filled atria that create nodes of visual connection, transparency and social interaction. The building and the landscape work in concert to engage the community and the University in spaces both indoors and exterior arts plazas. The transparency of the facade reveals sight lines into the building and highlights the public elements of the campus.