Together we are Building Alliance Française of Tomorrow

excavation permit issued

Last week, the City of Vancouver issued the Stage 1 Building Permit – Excavation for AFV building. Our project is progressing by stages. Our builder Haebler has begun to dig.  We are now waiting for Stage 2 Foundation to Grade Permit, hopefully next week.  We are expecting the final Building Permit next month. Our builder is confident that we will open our brand new facility early 2023. 

sponsorship rbc

We are thrilled to announce the support from the Royal Bank of Canada for our exciting cultural programs including V-Unframed our latest cross reality hybrid event.

spotlight on "blake, cassels & graydon llp"

«We are thrilled to work with Alliance Française Vancouver on the construction of their new building. The lawyers at Blakes have a long tradition of offering pro bono legal services to causes they believe in, and we stand behind Alliance Française Vancouver’s new building that will foster connections and welcome members of our community. This is a great opportunity for us to give back and help the Alliance Française navigate the development process with top-of-the-line legal advice in commercial real estate.”

Learn more about Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Its official - We have completed the demolition of our building at 6161 Cambie and are super excited to be entering the construction phase of our new building!

Stay tune for a video coming soon showing the demolition of the building!

spotlight on "the haebler group"

"We at Haebler are very excited to begin construction on the new home for the Alliance Française Vancouver.  We have been working with the board and consultants since November 2018 to bring the vision to reality.  Being involved early on a project is our specialty; it allows us to use our construction knowledge to provide advice on constructability and financial impacts.  One of the various reasons we wanted to work with Alliance Française Vancouver on this project is the Mass Timber portion of the project.  Mass Timber has been gaining a lot of attention over the last few years, can potentially speed up construction, and is aesthetically pleasing lending the project a West Coast feel to it."

Read more about The Haebler Group

development permit for alliance française vancouver building

City of Vancouver issued last week the Development Permit for Alliance Française Vancouver building. This is an important step to move forward with our project that is progressing by stages. It will allow us to get the Stage 1 Excavation and Foundation to Grade Permit in the next few days before getting the full Building Permit early fall. Summer time is challenging but everything is on track to respect our schedule and open our brand new facility early 2023.

spotlight on mcfarland marceau architects

"Our design for the new Alliance Francaise building seeks to create a vibrant cultural centre, where students of the French language are immersed in a complete cultural experience. Entangling visual arts, theatre, dance, music, film and café life with classrooms, meeting rooms and event space, the design faces Cambie street like the proscenium of a stage ‐ whose openness, transparency and warm wood materials invite people in to engage with Francophonie culture.”

Read more about McFarland Marceau Architects

full demolition permit obtained

Demolition permit was issued last week and we are ready to move to the next steps of the building project. Interior demolition is completed and the building will be tear down in the next few days.
It is an emotional time for AFV, this building has served extensively our purpose for over 50 years. This place is full of memories.

The demolition is expected to take a month before starting excavation and shoring. After summer, foundations will be ready to welcome the construction of our new home.

a new cultural hub

Did you know that the new building will have 4 dedicated spaces for arts and culture?

The new building will include - a 165-seat performing space, a street-facing and non-commercial art gallery, a professional demonstration kitchen and up to 5 artist studios on the top floor.
Built to the best and modern standards of universal accessibility and sustainability, these spaces will add a permanent cultural infrastructure to the City which is increasingly losing cultural spaces. Importantly, it will allow Alliance Française Vancouver to offer you an expanded, unique and diverse programming and welcome a larger number of professional and amateur artists – local, national and international.

Whether you love music, dance, opera, theatre, gastronomy, literature, poetry, traditional arts or digital arts… you will find it at Alliance Française Vancouver.

first building permit obtained

Alliance Francaise Vancouver finally received its first building permit for the removal of salvageable building materials this last May. This is a key step before the demolition permit is granted.  The site at 6161 Cambie St has now been officially handed over to the Construction Manager. With each passing week, we are moving closer and closer to the construction of the new Alliance Francaise building -  your centre for language, culture and community.

Some of you visited the building on May 15th and said a last goodbye before it gets demolished to be rebuilt in 2023. Thank you for your messages of encouragement and gratitude. We invite all of you to take a look at some of the photos highlighting a few of those moments.