ARCHDIOCESE OF VANCOUVER
When the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vancouver purchased property in a South Oak Street neighbourhood, their goal was to build a new larger pastoral center and curia to provide a spiritual and community center for the Archdiocese. The John Paul II Pastoral Centre was created to accommodate new and improved functions such as office, chapel, auditorium, meeting space, lunchroom, and a residential component. Transparency and light were key design components to benefit the new collaborative spaces while providing an enduring background for their extensive artwork collection, imagery and other visual connections with their history. Reducing the environmental footprint of the new building was also of great importance to the Archdiocese and the interior was designed to meet LEED-NC (New Construction) requirements by utilizing natural light, views, and low VOC materials. The resulting space is a contemporary and professional environment that is bright, open and welcoming to staff and visitors alike.