The Birth of Convention Center Chic in Vancouver

Vancouver Convention Centre - West Building
Vancouver Convention Centre

The opening of the Vancouver Convention Centre’s West Building five years ago forever changed the convention center experience.

Built on reclaimed land jutting out into Coal Harbour, the big glass box with its jaunty grass roof anchors the world’s most beautiful downtown core. The urban center is the second most densely populated in North America after Manhattan, adjacent to forest-covered Stanley Park, the largest urban parkland in North America.

So you have this sort of yin/yang, positive/negative space thing happening, surrounded by the Pacific Ocean, Rocky Mountains and West Coast sunsets.

Sometimes, but not often, you can even see whales breaching the water from the breakout rooms.

The Vancouver Convention Centre’s all-glass facade exploits this jawdropping view to the fullest, just like pretty much every other modern building in downtown Vancouver. In fact, it’s so inspiring, brides regularly choose it for their weddings and wedding receptions.

Adding to the allure, the venue was the first-ever LEED Platinum-certified convention center in the world. That attracts a lot of events like GLOBE 2014, the largest environmental business conference in North America, and the annual TED Conference, which is shifting locations from San Francisco for 2014 and 2015.

Here’s a newly distributed infographic celebrating the facility’s accomplishments in honor of its five-year birthday.