The contemporary art gallery as an institution is in and of itself a conflictual duality; on the one hand art needs to be displayed in order to assess its cultural and economical value and on the other it needs to be stored and protected in order to maintain these fabricated values. The project adopts this antithesis as conceptual basis for the New Vancouver Art Gallery. The site being at the meeting point of three of Vancouver’s most historically significant neighbourhoods; Gastown, Granville Island, and Yaletown; the program is fragmented in three distinct volumes. Each allows for very distinct and precise light levels and air qualities to adapt to the needs of the many varied art pieces. Each volumetric artefact embodies a particular typology with a playful variation on their expected materialities.