The storage building beside the Granville Street Bridge flashing the big neon “Gesamtkunstwerk” will soon transform into Vancouver House, the city’s coolest skyscraper, and this exhibition, inside that warehouse, celebrates not only the spiralling marvel to come, but Vancouver’s coming-of-age as well. Architects of the new tower, the renowned Bjarke Ingels Group, also designed the exhibition, which begins with Arthur Erickson’s rarely seen 1955 sketch of a futuristic Vancouver, proceeds to projects by James Cheng and others who created “Vancouverism,” and leads to an unprecedented look at the thinking behind the design of Vancouver House’s architecture, interiors and urbanism (including the spinning chandelier public art work, by Rodney Graham), via models, videos and more. As for “Gesamtkunstwerk?” For the Danish star architect Bjarke, it’s the only word to do the multi-dimensional Vancouver House project justice. It’s German for “total design,” or the integration of all the creative arts.
March 22 to May 19 | 1460 Howe St.
For more information on Gesamtkunstwerk: The Exhibition, please visit www.gwerk.ca.