Robson Square
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Architect Arthur C. Erickson
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Location Vancouver, British Columbia   map
Date 1980   timeline
Building Type Provincial government center, courthouse
 Construction System reinforced concrete, space frame
Climate mild temperate
Context urban
Style Environmental Modern
Notes Overarching space frame roof, roof garden with ponds and waterfalls, grand stair with integral ramp.



Photo, exterior overview

Photo, exterior, stair and ramp


Plan Drawing

Plan Drawing

Plan Drawing

Plan Drawing

Plan Drawing


Section Drawing

Section Drawing

Discussion Robson Square Commentary

"A 3-block long complex whose concrete construction and geometric lines are softened by lots of plantings—even on roofs—plus a pool, waterfalls, and intricate patterns of stairs and ramps. Included are a 7-story Law Courts Building with a tilted glass roof and exposed structural framing, a lower-rise government office building, an indoor mall, outdoor plazas, and an old courthouse transformed into the Vancouver Art Gallery."

— from Sylvia Hart Wright. Sourcebook of Contemporary North American Architecture: From Postwar to Postmodern. p27.

Sources on Robson Square

Howard Davis. Slides from photographer's collection. DIL PCD.2260.1012.0405.070.

Arthur Erickson. The Architecture of Arthur Erickson. New York: Harper and Row, 1988. ISBN 0-06-432978-X. LC 88-45161. NA749.E74A4 1988. plan, p120. section, p117. section, p120.

Arthur Erickson. Photos from the architect's collection. DIL PCD.2286.1012.0904.003. DIL PCD.2286.1012.0904.002. DIL PCD.2286.1012.0904.001.

William S. Saunders. Modern Architecture—Photographs by Ezra Stoller. New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc, 1990. discussion, p206. aerial view photo, p 176. interior photo, under space frame, p177. — A wonderful & inspiring book of beautiful photographs by the master of architectural photography. Available at

Leon Whiteson. Modern Canadian Architecture. Edmonton: Hurtig Publishers Ltd., 1983. NA 745.W46 1983. ISBN 0-88830-248-7. roof plan, p39. plan, p39.

Sylvia Hart Wright. Sourcebook of Contemporary North American Architecture: From Postwar to Postmodern. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1989. ISBN 0-422-29190-6. LC 89-5320. NA703.W75 1989. discussion, p27.

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at  Find books about Robson Square


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