Gordon and Leslie Diamond Centre at VGH
The Gordon and Leslie Diamond Centre at the Vancouver General Hospital is the first facility of its kind in Canada, combining outpatient clinics, education and research facilities, and private physician clinics in an 11-storey building. The lower floor is dedicated to retail space and the University of British Columbia School of Medicine lecture theatre. The concrete structure and exterior finish of the principal façades reference the surrounding hospital campus and urban fabric by using precast concrete panels and cast-in-place concrete walls. Extensive areas of glazing along the south building elevation provide daylight to the central atrium and waiting areas.
The oval-shaped oculus at the top of the atrium infuses the centre of the building with light. It is truncated at the south to allow views from outpatient waiting areas of the treed boulevard on 12th Avenue. The atrium also allows natural light into the centre of the large one-acre floor plate and aids in wayfinding for visitors entering the building for the first time. (Henriquez/IBI Group, Architects in Joint Venture)
Status: Completed in 2006
Size: 375,000 square feet