Revery Architecture, formerly known as Bing Thom Architects was founded in 1982 by late Canadian architect and urban designer Bing Thom. After founder Bing Thom’s sudden passing in 2016 (aged 75), the firm was relaunched as ‘Revery Architecture Inc.’

Revery Architecture led by Design Principal Venelin Kokalov is a Vancouver based architectural and design firm renowned for its exceptional state-of-the-art design solutions. Kokalov himself is known for his bold sense of architecture. Under his management, Revery continues to dispense trailblazing buildings that promote growth and positive changes within the communities they create. Revery stands by the philosophy of ‘Building Beyond Buildings’ – to create mindful spaces, and evoke constructive emotions amongst users. 

Revery Architecture has a wide spectrum of projects in its repertoire, ranging from cultural centers, commercial and mixed-use developments, residential developments, institutional campuses, and other public utilitarian buildings. 

Here’s a list of 15 groundbreaking projects by Revery Architecture that show the expanse of its expertise:

1. Xiqu Centre

Location: Hong Kong
Type: Cultural, Performing Arts
Area: 305,000 sq. ft.
Status: Completed in 2018

Xiqu Centre in Hong Kong is one of the greatest cultural hubs in the city dedicated to traditional Chinese Opera (Xiqu). The most striking feature of the 7-storeyed cultural sanctuary is its curvilinear façade derived from the Chinese Moon Gate Motif. The Chinese Moon Gate motif is a circular opening in a garden wall serving as a pedestrian passageway popular in Chinese gardens. The Xiqu Centre houses two theatres, 8 professional recording studios, a seminar hall, and retail spaces on two floors overlooking an inner courtyard.

The architects have strategically suspended the main auditorium 90feet above the ground creating a striking atrium where the public can enjoy exhibitions and art demonstrations. The suspension of the auditorium aids in keeping high noise levels from surrounding urban infrastructure at bay. 

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The glowing facade of Ziqu_©Ema Peter, Courtesy Revery Architecture
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The interiors of the theater_©Ema Peter, Courtesy Revery Architecture
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The central atrium_©Ema Peter, Courtesy Revery Architecture
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The glowing facade of Xiqu_ ©Ema Peter, Courtesy Revery Architecture

2. Woodridge Neighbourhood Library

Location: Washington, DC
Type: Institutional, Civic, Library
Area:  22,800 sq. ft.
Status: Completed in 2016

The Woodridge Neighbourhood Library was designed to merge the indoors and the outdoors creating a sense of fluidity enabling users to have a variety of activities going on. The flexibility of the interiors allows diverse events to take course – reading, soft interactions, and large assemblies. The library sits oriented towards the lush Langdon Park. 

The library opens into a grand central circulation space which is beautifully lit by a large amount of natural light it receives through the punctured ceiling. The daylight against the subtle white and light wood interiors creates a tranquil atmosphere. The library hosts an accessible terrace on the first floor and a green rooftop which act as the extended interior spaces. 

The façade is clad in textured precast concrete panels extending up to the rooftop terrace. The different terraces created, provide an uninterrupted panoramic view of the park alongside. 

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Woodridge Neighbourhood Library_©Ema Peter, Courtesy Revery Architecture
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The light well_©Ema Peter, Courtesy Revery Architecture
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Terrace overlooking the Langdon Park_©Ema Peter, Courtesy Revery Architecture

3. Guildford Aquatic Centre

Location: Surrey, BC
Type: Institutional, Civic, Recreation, Aquatic
Area: 75,000 sq. ft.
Status: Completed in 2015

The Guildford Aquatic Centre was built as an extension to the existing Guildford Recreation Centre. The aquatic center accommodates a FINA recognized lap natatorium that can host large competitions, and is a recreational, and therapeutic stop for the city dwellers. Surrey adopted the ‘Wood First Policy’ in 2010 that recognizes the economic and environmental benefits of wood making it the material of choice for its public buildings. 

In this respect, Revery Architecture chose to incorporate 29m long prefabricated wood trusses. This is the key element in the design of the aquatic center. The trusses are integrated with lighting, mechanical services, and acoustic absorption. By prefabricating the trusses, the construction process was fast-tracked as it took only 10 days for full installation without any scaffolding. 

The landscape surrounding the structure was carefully planned to merge with the existing contours on the site to form a sense of movement. The monolithic character of the structure is masqueraded by Revery’s pixelated precast concrete panels for its façade.  

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Play of light in the aquatic centre_©Ema Peter, Courtesy Revery Architecture
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The use of pixelated precast concrete panels breaks the monotony of the monolithic facade_©Ema Peter, Courtesy Revery Architecture
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Diagram representing the use of wood trusses_©Revery Architecture
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Interiors of the Guildford Aquatic Centre_©Ema Peter, Courtesy Revery Architecture

4. 1245 Harwood

Location: Vancouver, BC
Type: Residential
Area: 48,500 sq. ft.
Status: Completed in 2018

A translucent screen separates this magnificent tower from its surroundings. Light shapes the structure by casting beautiful shadows. Sitting on the site of a heritage mansion, this residential tower reflects the lively and eclectic community it lies in. The owner was keen on retaining a 120-year old tulip tree that was present on site. This condition made the magnificent tree the central attraction around which a series of terraced gardens are placed. 

The elegant architectural design provides expansive views of the surroundings and the central tulip tree with floor-to-ceiling windows in all the principal rooms giving it an altogether different status from the other spaces. The architecture of the interiors and exteriors showcases calm and simple living. 

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Light flowing through the lattice screens_©Ema Peter, Courtesy Revery Architecture
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The seamless entrance to the tower ©Ema Peter, Courtesy Revery Architecture
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The random placement of the screens creates opportunity for a dynamic facade and captures maximum views of the neighborhood ©Ema Peter, Courtesy Revery Architecture

5. Tarrant County College

Location: Fort Worth, TX
Type: Institutional, Education
Area: 150,000 sq. ft.
Status: Completed in 2011

Owing to the fast growth of community colleges in Texas, Tarrant County College was commissioned to the Revery Architecture as a way to integrate their highly-specialized and technical Allied Health and Nursing Program into an urban context in their Trinity River East Campus in downtown Fort Worth. The campus acts as an urban gateway and reconnects the city with the Trinity River. 

The design has a user-centric approach and hence is widely acknowledged. The design incorporates features that minimize heat gain in the building like regionally appropriate landscaping, louvered exterior glazing, and outdoor terraces. These elements have turned the building into a rather sustainable one. Well-planned outdoor spaces have given rise to the holistic learning and development of students. 

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The landscape and the materials for the facade perfectly blend the outdoors with the interiors_©Nic Lehoux, Craig Kuhner, Tom Fox, Courtesy Revery Architecture
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Contrasting use of materials_©Nic Lehoux, Craig Kuhner, Tom Fox, Courtesy Revery Architecture
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Calm and serene environment for holistic learning_©Nic Lehoux, Craig Kuhner, Tom Fox, Courtesy Revery Architecture

6. SFU Sustainable Energy Engineering Building

Location: Surrey, BC
Type: Institutional, Education
Area: 222,300 sq. ft.
Status: Completed in 2019

The five-storey building is a striking landmark in the city. This building is a  LEED Gold Certified, one-of-a-kind institutional building in the city. The cool material palette and the geometric precast panels for the facade is an illustration of an abstract circuit board. This gives an understanding of the subject matter being taught within the building. 

Similar to most projects by Revery Architecture, keen concern is shown in the natural lighting of the interior spaces. Hence, the functional spaces within the building are arranged around a large, light-filled atrium.  

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The abstract circuit board-facade_©Ema Peter, Courtesy Revery Architecture
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The light-filled central atrium_©Ema Peter, Courtesy Revery Architecture
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The geometrical pattern on the facade giving a hint of the internal functions_©Ema Peter, Courtesy Revery Architecture

7. Sunset Community Centre

Location: Vancouver, BC
Type: Cultural, Civic, Recreation
Area:  30,000 sq. ft.
Status: Completed in 2007

The Sunset Community, another LEED Gold certified building by Revery Architecture, was imagined as an accessible community space for the multi-cultural neighborhood around it. The building is inviting to the locals with its placement and form – main circulation corridors boldly extending to the periphery of the site. 

The community centre caters to multidisciplinary activities ranging from pre-school, gymnasium, multipurpose halls big enough to host weddings, and a variety of art and cultural events. 

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The undulating roof is an expression of the understanding of the site context and landscape_©Ema Peter, Courtesy Revery Architecture
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Rather bland interiors contrasting to the bold and lively exterior_©Ema Peter, Courtesy Revery Architecture
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Sharp forms depict the progressive community_©Ema Peter, Courtesy Revery Architecture

8. MacEwan University – Allard Hall 

Location: Edmonton, AB
Type: Institutional, Cultural, Education
Area: 420,000 sq. ft.
Status: Completed in 2017

Upon entering the building, you are lost in the impressive atrium meshed with pedestrian bridges connecting all of the five levels of the structure. Clerestory windows dramatically light-up the entire atrium. 

The community-inspired exterior is clad in climate-responsive, high-performance glazing, hints of green ceramic frits, and black spandrel panels that reflect the sky. The greens and the reflected blue sky create a visual balance and harmony. 

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Complementary hues of the facade_©Ema Peter, Courtesy Revery Architecture
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Angled mesh of staircases_©Ema Peter, Courtesy Revery Architecture
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Green accents in the bright white interiors suggest places for community interaction_©Ema Peter, Courtesy Revery Architecture

9. The Butterfly

Location: Vancouver, BC
Type: Mixed-use Development
Area: 600,000 sq. ft.
Status: Under Construction

This iconic mixed-use project by Revery Architecture is under construction and is scheduled to be completed by 2022. This was one of the last projects of architect Bing Thom (Founder of Revery Architecture, formerly Bing Thom Architects.) 

The project entails construction of luxurious condominiums, affordable rental/social housing, and the heritage restoration and expansion of the adjacent First Baptist Church in the city of Vancouver. This 57-storey tower is all set to break stereotypes and become a brand new model for mixed-use buildings in the country.

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The forms influenced by the historic backdrop of the site_© Revery Architecture
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Futuristic elements add a stark contrast to the historical setting _© Revery Architecture
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The proposed model_©Revery Architecture

10. SAIT Parkade

Location: Calgary, AB
Type: Institutional, Parkade
Area: 381,000 sq. ft.
Status: Completed in 2009

Revery’s vision of transforming a primarily utilitarian building into an active and engaging public space is unmatched. 

The roof of the structure is made up of a FIFA-size soccer pitch for the SAIT Trojans to play on. The roof-top pitch assists in stormwater retention strategies for the structure. The concern for providing natural lighting and ventilation for this 1,100-stall parkade led them to design a facade with perforations to allow the penetration of sunlight creating a stunning outer appearance as well. 

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The perforated facade of the Parkade_© Nic Lehoux, Courtesy Revery Architecture
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Play of light and shadow – a trademark of Revery Architecture_© Nic Lehoux, Courtesy Revery Architecture
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The SAIT Parkade_© Nic Lehoux, Courtesy Revery Architecture

11. Surrey City Centre Library

Location: Surrey, BC
Type: Institutional, Civic
Area: 82,000 sq. ft.
Status: Completed in 2011

Another LEED Gold-certified project by Revery Architecture, Surrey City Centre Library is an open, bright, and welcoming public centre. The library is located centrally in the city and hence it is much more than just a reading space – it is a community space for the citizens. 

The gaping central atrium – with no dividing columns surges in a large amount of daylight that lights up every corner of the structure and evokes positivity. This atrium forms the point of interaction. The designers have limited the material palette to glass and concrete that just glide over the whole structure conveying a stern yet open statement. 

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Daylight cascading through the skylights_©Ema Peter & Nic Lehoux, Courtesy Revery Architecture
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Curved walls and sharp angles sculpt the structure_©Ema Peter & Nic Lehoux, Courtesy Revery Architecture
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Exterior of the Surrey City Centre Library ©Ema Peter & Nic Lehoux, Courtesy Revery Architecture
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Transperancy of the structure welcomes its visitors ©Ema Peter & Nic Lehoux, Courtesy Revery Architecture

12. Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater

Location: Washington, DC
Type: Cultural, Performing Arts
Area: 200,000 sq. ft.
Status: Completed in 2010

This 2010 project of expanding and restoring two existing theaters from the 1960s incorporates advanced technology for refining and upgrading the experience of performing arts. 

The individual characters of  the existing theaters have not been compromised upon, but an addition of a new 200-seat theater was made. The three theatres have now been experientially linked with intermediate program spaces. Revery worked on the landscape in the previously unused pieces of exterior spaces. These spaces have now taken shape of pockets for social interaction and gathering which suffices the owner’s vision of having a ‘true cultural centre.’

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Arena Stage – Exterior : The undaunted structure shooting out has changed the look of the neighbourhood_©Nic Lehoux, Courtesy Revery Architecture
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Interior of the new theater_©Nic Lehoux, Courtesy Revery Architecture
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The project has played a role in the rejuvenation of the neighbourhood_©Nic Lehoux, Courtesy Revery Architecture

13. Sen̓áḵw

Location: Vancouver, BC
Type: Mixed-use Residential
Area: 4 million sq. ft.
Status: Schematic Design

The Squamish Nation has partnered with private developer – Westbank for the development of a 6000-unit mixed-use residential project on Vancouver’s False Creek waterfront. Revery has collaborated in this milestone of a project to remodel the skyline of the False Creek waterfront. 

The project’s main aim is to develop a program with low-impact carbon footprint utilising the rich, natural elements of land and sea crucial in indegenous culture, as it will be a breakthrough project for indegenous economic development. 

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Proposed renders_© Revery Architecture
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Proposed renders_© Revery Architecture
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Proposed renders_©Revery Architecture

14. The Hong Kong Jockey Club University of Chicago Academic Complex | The University of Chicago Francis and Rose Yuen Campus 

Location: Hong Kong, China
Type: Academic, Heritage, Cultural
Area: 52,000 sq. ft.
Status: Completed in 2018 (Awarded through a design competition) 

This 2018 institutional project by Revery Architecture was awarded a prestigious Prix Versailles as one of the world’s most beautiful campuses. The structure is beautifully modelled on its steep and challenging topography. The site also possesses historical significance as it once served as a military facility . These two criteria are what have inspired the architecture of the building. 

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The campus is situated on an extremely steep, heritage-protected hillside of Mount Davis_© Ema Peter, Courtesy Revery Architecture
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The curvilinear form of the building aids in seamlessly merging the old and new blocks on the site_© Ema Peter, Courtesy Revery Architecture
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The structure captures the wide view of the sea alongside ©Ema Peter, Courtesy Revery Architecture

15. Museum of Chinese Art and Culture At Robson Square

Location: Vancouver, BC
Type: Museum, Cultural, Civic
Area: 65,000 sq. ft.
Status: Conceptual Design

The Museum of Chinese Art and Culture was a conceptual design approach commissioned by China Global: The Vancouver Society for Promotion of Chinese Art and Culture. The motive of the client behind the project was to promote the global importance of Chinese Art and Culture. 

The design program included the revitalization of Robson Square and its surroundings and incorporating building programs like – galleries, retail, administration, and restaurants. 

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Conceptual model_© Courtesy Revery Architecture
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Conceptual model_© Courtesy Revery Architecture
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Conceptual model ©Courtesy Revery Architecture
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