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Christ Church Cathedral Exterior

The purpose of the current and final phase of the Restoration & Rejuvenation of Christ Church Cathedral is to replace the roof – improving weather protection and thermal performance while integrating acoustic upgrades and completing the seismic diaphragm.

The crowning feature of the current project is the addition of the highly anticipated bell-spire at the north-east corner of the Cathedral set atop the existing elevator core – part of a previous accessibility upgrade. This open glass and steel structure housing four custom cast bronze bells will be the last significant Architectural addition to the project. The bell spire bridges the aesthetic gap between the Cathedral and it’s modern accessibility addition. Material inspiration is drawn from the Cathedral itself, then informed by the sleek concrete lines of the addition. The bell spire glass features a design by Canadian artist Sarah Hall. Titled “Welcoming Light” – it recalls the “beacon on the hill” analogy used to describe the Cathedral’s iconic profile in Vancouver’s historic cityscape.

Photography/Rendering: Martin Knowles Photo/Media
  • Client: CCC, VANCOUVER PARISH
  • Location: VANCOUVER, BC
  • Completion: FALL 2016
  • Awards:
    2017 AIBC Special Jury Award
    2017 City of Vancouver Heritage Award 2017 MCN Building and Roofing Award
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