VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre
Vancouver, British Columbia
Photo Credit: Sharp & Diamond Landscape Architecture Inc.
Initial Research by: Dicong Yang
Edited by: Samantha Miller & Nicole Brekelmans
Case study compiled in 2019
Project: VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre
Type of Urban Strategy: Sustainable Design
Type of Project: Research Facility
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia
Date Designed/Planned: 2007
Construction Completed: 2011
Designer: Landscape: Sharp & Diamond Landscape Architecture Inc. with Cornelia Hahn Oberlander
Architecture: Perkins + Will Canada
Due to the wear of original buildings and the demand to upgrade the entrance, the new visitor centre and surrounding landscapes needed to be redesigned. The garden is operated by both the City of Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation, and the Vancouver Botanical Gardens Association (a non-profit organization). The two organizations have been working together for over forty years in hopes of making the VanDusen Botanical Garden cherished by Vancouver residents and visitors, as well as making it renowned internationally.
The VBGA was created in 1966 by a group of gardeners that were enthusiastic about creating a public garden built on the site of the former Shaughnessy Golf Course, and finally, the garden opened in 1975.
(VanDusen Botanical Garden, n.d.)
The golf course was one of the city’s first golf courses, previously owned by the Canadian Pacific Railway. The golf course was planned to be turned into a housing development, but a group of citizens reached out to the Vancouver Park Board to set aside 22 hectares of the site to be turned into a botanical garden.
The Botanical Garden is a 55-acre garden in the heart of Vancouver, housing over 7500 plant species from all over the year. The garden includes a multi-award winning LEED Platinum Visitor Centre, that was named the Most Sustainable Building of the Year in 2014. The design is intended to look like an orchid from above, with its organic lines that are inspired by nature and conservation. The mild Vancouver climate allows the garden to thrive at any time of the year.
(City of Vancouver, n.d.)