Concept illustration of the plaza at 800 Robson

800 Robson Plaza and šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl'e7énḵ Square

The plazas surrounding the Vancouver Art Gallery have long been a space for people to socialize, and a place for civic and creative expression.

North of the Vancouver Art Gallery, šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl'e7énḵ Square (formerly known as the Vancouver Art Gallery North Plaza) re-opened in June 2017 after renovations.

South of the gallery, the 800-block of Robson Street is being transformed into a permanent public plaza. A design for the plaza was created based on public and stakeholder feedback. Construction on the plaza will begin in September 2019 and is expected to last until Spring 2020.

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800 Robson Plaza final design and construction

View a slideshow of the final design of the plaza. The design is based on feedback we heard from residents, visitors, plaza users, and businesses through consultation.

800 Robson plaza design concept and illustration

By City of Vancouver


  • Aerial view of 800 Robson Plaza and šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl'e7énḵ Square

    By City of Vancouver

  • Emerging design concept

    By City of Vancouver

    The final design reflects the design concept and feedback we heard from residents, businesses, visitors, plaza users, and businesses through consultation.

  • Summer 2017 interim plaza design

    By City of Vancouver

    An interim painted asphalt infill was installed to create a level plaza surface ahead of the construction of the permanent plaza.

  • Birds eye final design

    By City of Vancouver

    View of the new 800 Robson Plaza

  • Plaza design

    By City of Vancouver

    Artist rendering of plaza design, looking west from 800 Robson, mid-block.

  • Design features

    By City of Vancouver

    Step seating feature across from the art gallery steps, provides space to sit, eat, and enjoy events.


Follow our progress.

  • October 4, 2012

    Initial consultation

    City staff consulted with key stakeholders including the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association and TransLink

  • November 28, 2012

    Council approves staff recommendations

    800 Robson Street reopened to vehicle traffic on December 1, 2012 until the summer seasonal closure

  • January 25, 2013

    Staff prepare for a summertime public plaza on 800 Robson Street, launching in late June 2013

    800 Robson re-opened until summer

  • June 14, 2013

    VIVA Summertime Plaza opens at 800 Robson from June 22 to September 2

    During this time, 800 Robson was temporarily closed to traffic. City staff monitored the impact to traffic and pedestrians

  • June 22, 2013

    The City, in collaboration with TransLink, held its first public consultations as part of the Downtown Vancouver Local Bus Service Review

  • September 3, 2013

    VIVA Summertime Plaza removed from 800 Robson

    The street reopened to traffic

  • September 11, 2013

    The City selects Nick Milkovich Architects (NMA) as the primary consultants

    The NMA team includes Hapa Collaborative, Matthew Soules Architecture, and Urban Forum Associates (UFA)

  • October 1 and 5, 2013

    Open house: Preliminary concept plan options for the Art Gallery North Plaza

    Open house to see the preliminary concept plan options for the Art Gallery North Plaza

  • January 17, 2014

    Public invited to share thoughts on redesigns

    We heard from over 900 people, most of whom were very supportive of the open plaza concept reoccurring throughout each design

  • November 26, 2015

    Open house: North plaza design

    A consultant team developed a plaza design in response to public feedback on the three concept plans in fall 2013, and has applied for a development permit

  • April 2016

    Council approves permanent plaza on 800 Robson Street

    On April 20, Council approved staff’s recommendation to permanently close 800 Robson Street to all vehicle traffic to create a permanent public square

  • December 2016

    Staff present design concept to Council

    Feedback received informed a flexible and adaptable design concept to accommodate many different uses

  • Dec 2016 to spring 2019

    Detailed design work advanced for the permanent plaza

  • Summer 2017

    Temporary plaza

    An interim painted asphalt infill was installed to create a level plaza surface ahead of the construction of the permanent plaza

  • January 2019

    Council approved funding for 800 Robson plaza construction

  • We are here
  • Spring 2019

    We’ve partnered with the Province of BC to construct the 800 Robson Plaza

    Construction is anticipated to begin September 2019 with completion in spring 2020

VIVA Vancouver

VIVA Vancouver is a program that transforms road spaces into vibrant spaces for walking and gathering.

Downtown Bus Service Review

The City of Vancouver is working with Translink to develop a short term vision for the bus network in the downtown core.

Transportation 2040 Plan

Our plan provides a vision for how people and goods move in and around Vancouver for the next 30 years.

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