Design from Context

Design from Context

To design from context means to design the right building in the right place. At VIA, we approach each project with fresh energy to find a unique solution that best fits the surroundings, budget, client’s program, and existing elements of the site. Our primary role is that of placemaker — from the broadest scale to the smallest details that make places memorable and livable. As planners, we define the context. As architects, we design buildings that grow from and respond to this context.

  • Burrard Station
  • BlackRock Oceanfront Resort
  • 320 Granville Street
  • One of the original two Expo Line subway stations located in downtown Vancouver, Burrard Station is an inviting glass pavilion set in a park. Patrons pass through a civic landscape of cherry tree walkways, pools and outdoor seating.
  • Station design adapted an existing, historic railway tunnel to connect the SkyTrain platform with adjacent buildings on multiple levels. The underground platform now easily links transit riders with surrounding retail malls and office towers.
  • This resort is sited to take full advantage of Vancouver Island’s spectacular Wild Pacific coastline highlighting ocean views and thrilling winter stormwatching.
  • The Lodge hugs the rocky outcropping, and traces the Wild Pacific trail. Inside, a wine grotto below the Lobby positions guests inside a natural surge channel where the rock and waves meet. Discretely placed cottages offer framed and filtered views seaward through a cedar forest.
  • 320 Granville Office Tower marks a key turn in Vancouver’s downtown grid. Located across from the historic railroad terminus, this 320’ building pivots to both look east to the Gastown neighbourhood and west toward the Convention District.
  • The design concept is intended to more fluidly link the downtown area with the waterfront hub and its surrounding neighbourhoods.