The Vancouver Art Gallery in Canada has short-listed five architectural firms as finalists to design its new museum building.
The selected firms include Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Herzog & de Meuron, KPMB Architects, SANAA, and Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects.
Architects were invited to submit designs in September 2013, through an open request for qualifications (RFQ) process and the gallery received 75 submissions from 16 countries.
The final winner is expected to be revealed in spring 2014.
The new museum building will allow the gallery to better serve its visitors and provide an international platform for local and regional artists.
After completion, the new building will feature space for the gallery’s collections, expanded indoor and outdoor exhibition spaces for its exhibitions and new educational facilities.
Vancouver Art Gallery director Kathleen Bartels said the announcement of the short-listed candidates is a milestone in the gallery’s plans for a new facility.
"As a champion of the many great artists from this place, the Vancouver Art Gallery has become a keystone of the country’s cultural community and a beacon internationally for cross-cultural dialogue and exchange in the visual arts," Bartels said.
"The new Gallery will tell the many stories of art-making in British Columbia, the Asia Pacific, and throughout the world, and will further strengthen links between diverse communities locally, nationally, and internationally."
In April 2013, Vancouver City Council voted unanimously to designate two-thirds of a city-owned site at West Georgia and Cambie Streets for the new Vancouver Art Gallery.