Concept illustration of the plaza at 800 Robson

800 Robson Plaza and šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl'e7énḵ Square

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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 2021.

What's happening?

800 Robson Plaza upgrades

Construction is underway to transform 800 Robson Street into a permanent, public plaza

Work will be underway until spring 2021. During this time, an accessible pedestrian detour will be effect directing to Georgia Street along the north side of the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Plaza features

Once complete, the new 800 Robson Plaza will feature:

  • A flexible open space for year-round events with moveable seating and tables, additional benches, and lighting
  • A continuous level surface of concrete and pavers to create consistency with the recently renovated šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl'e7énḵ Square (located on the north side of the Vancouver Art Gallery)
  • Pedestrian improvements at the intersection of Hornby and Robson Streets, including better separation for people cycling and driving
  • Improved lighting and power connections

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.


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