VanDusen Botanical Garden, Vancouver, British Columbia (2009)
Part of:
  • Cornelia Hahn Oberlander (archive creator)
  • Cornelia Hahn Oberlander (landscape architect)
  • Busby Perkins+Will (architectural firm)
  • Sharp and Diamond Landscape Architect (landscape architectural firm)

VanDusen Botanical Garden, Vancouver, British Columbia (2009)



Level of archival description:
Extent and medium:
  • 0,26 l.m. of textial records
    321 drawings (including 319 reprographic copies)
    190 digital files (275 MB)
Scope and content:
Project series documents Cornelia Hahn Oberlander's project for the new Visitor Centre of VanDusen Botanical Garden in Vancouver, British Columbia. Oberlander worked on this project from 2007 to 2011 with architectural firm Busby Perkins+Will Architects and landscape architecture firm Sharp and Diamond Landscape Architects. The project consisted in building an access to the botanical garden from Oak Street. The building includes a undulating green roof shaped as a native orchid leaf and covered in plants inspired by the Pacific Northwest Coastal grassland. The building entrance is marked by "a single petal raised above the others" [1] while another of the giant roof petal in the back "almost touched the ground, and transported water to Oberlander's rainwater garden." [2]

The project series contains design developement drawings such as site plans, planting plans, landscape plans, landscape sections and a few sketches, and also sets of building drawings or older landscape drawings of the garden used as reference. The project is also documented through textual records, including correspondence with architects, consultants and clients, project proposals, documentation on botanical garden or on the VanDusen Botanical Garden, and press articles and clippings about the project. The project series comprises also digital photographs of the completed building.

[1] [2] Herrington, Susan. Cornelia Hahn Oberlander: Making the Modern Landscape, University of Virginia Press, 2014, 304 pages, p. 225.
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Material in this project series was kept in its original order when it was first processed upon its arrival at CCA.

Vancouver British Columbia Canada

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