A brand-new PNE Amphitheatre at Hastings Park in Vancouver has been unveiled, featuring a dramatic mass timber curved roof.
Construction of the open-air, 10,000-seat venue is set to begin in 2024, with expected completion in 2026. The estimated cost is $65 million.
“The amphitheatre will be a jewel in Vancouver’s crown of spectacular venues,” says PNE president and CEO Shelley Frost. “The project will be designed to showcase British Columbia building products and engineering while adhering to the highest standards of environmental sustainability. We believe there will not be another venue like this anywhere in Canada.”
The venue will include VIP suites, lounge space, common areas and catering options along with amenities such as accessible washrooms, merchandise sales and food and drink concession.
Designed by Revery Architecture, it features a unique roof structure which will be one of the longest clear-span roofs in the world when completed.
“We wanted to create a unique experience for both the audience and performers, in a world-class amphitheatre,” said Venelin Kokalov of Revery Architecture. “Our architectural solution was an elegant structure that will cover the amphitheatre, gracefully landing on three points into the landscape. This gesture will frame vistas to the mountains and the surrounding context, creating transparency at the human level and an intimate atmosphere under the warmth of the wood.”
The venue is expected to host 75 performances per year, including community arts and culture shows, commercial shows, corporate shows and the popular PNE Summer Night Concerts. The venue hosts an estimated annual attendance of more than 340,000.
“This new amphitheatre will ensure generations of Vancouverites will be able to enjoy music and culture in an unparalleled setting in historic Hastings Park,” said city councillor Sarah Kirby-Yung and chair of the PNE-Hastings Park board of directors.