A contemporary twist for the West Vancouver Museum heritage building
RATIO wrote this on May 11, 2016

Work has been ongoing over the years, transforming the heritage building, Gertrude Lawson House, to a flexible and multi-use gallery and exhibition space. RATIO planned and transformed the stone-clad house into a modern gallery space over the years,  in collaboration with the  West Vancouver Historical Society .

The West Vancouver Museum is housed within the Gertrude Lawson House,  a registered heritage building in West Vancouver.   It has housed the museum since 1994 and in that time, it  has been home to a number of contemporary exhibits, artists works and workshops that help  youth learn and explore art and design.

RATIO’s  latest small project for the museum is a contemporary twist on the existing building. The need for archival storage is increasing and providing a new space on an existing balcony also serves as a beacon to the public. The copper clad form  follows the existing slate tile roof line using patinated bronzed copper. The materials will immediately stand out against the house and provide a welcome and contemporary expression for this fantastic community museum.  Worth a visit!


WVM - Addition Render 1 WVM - Interior Image 3 WVM - Interior Image 2


More about Gertrude Lawson House in West Vancouver:  Statement of Significance – Gertrude Lawson House – history


A few more of RATIO’s heritage projects:

Britannia Mine Museum 

Ruskin Generating Station

Britannia Heritage Shipyards


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