Regenerative + Natural Systems

Vancouver Convention Centre

Vancouver, British Columbia | 2003–2010

The expansion of the Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre has added a spectacular urban plaza and public gathering spaces to meet friends, bring visiting relatives and celebrate active life in the heart of Vancouver. This premier waterfront site on Coal Harbour was an opportunity to connect over half a kilometre of seawall around the perimeter of the Vancouver Convention Centre to the downtown core.

The Convention Centre gives back to nature through the PWL Partnership-designed 2.4-hectare (six-acre) living roof, the largest in Canada. The urban ecological habitat comprised of carefully selected native grasses and perennial plants attracts insects and birds, filters and detains stormwater, reduces building energy consumption and offsets the impact of a large building footprint.

Project Client
LMN Architects / DA Architects / Musson Cattell Mackey Partnership
Project Collaborators
City of Vancouver, Province of British Columbia


LEED® Platinum for New Construction

LEED® Platinum for Existing Buildings


2017 CaGBC Leadership Award for Existing Building

2013 AIA Institute Honour Award for Architecture 

2011 World Architecture News Effectiveness Award 

2011 AIA/COTE Top 10 Green Projects Award 

2010 Design Exchange Awards Gold 

2010 Green Roofs for Healthy Cities Award of Excellence 

2010 CSLA National Merit Award