The building will be the first art gallery built to Passive House standards in North America.
The Vancouver Art Gallery will receive more than $29 million in federal funding, bringing it another step closer to a new downtown location that’s set to open its doors in 2027.
The money will go towards building a new gallery — the first art gallery built to Passive House standards in North America — at a city-owned property between Cambie and Beatty Streets, near the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.
A large chunk of the funds, $25 million, comes from Infrastructure Canada through its green and inclusive community buildings program, while the remaining $4.3 million is funded from the Department of Canadian Heritage.
The gallery has outgrown its space at the former courthouse building on 750 Hornby Street and has been on a years-long campaign to raise funds for a new facility.
The new building, which will be called the Vancouver Art Gallery at the Chan Centre for the Visual Arts, will have a multi-purpose Indigenous Community House, a theatre, public art spaces, and programming for marginalized and under-served groups. It’ll have about 300,000 square feet, including 82,000 square feet of gallery space.