Kevin Chase, KORE Salon stylist; Ian Gillespie, Westbank Projects president; and Jacqui Cohen, Army & Navy CEO and Face the World founder.

Kevin Chase, KORE Salon stylist; Ian Gillespie, Westbank Projects president; and Jacqui Cohen, Army & Navy CEO and Face the World founder.

Zacharko Design graphic designers Robin Oshiro and Anna Bohn.

Zacharko Design graphic designers Robin Oshiro and Anna Bohn.

Ian Gillespie, Westbank Projects president; and Jim Pattison, Jim Pattison Group president and CEO.

Ian Gillespie, Westbank Projects president; and Jim Pattison, Jim Pattison Group president and CEO.

Inform Interiors owners Nancy and Niels Bendtsen.

Inform Interiors owners Nancy and Niels Bendtsen.

Sid Landolt, S&P Real Estate president; and Peter Dupuis, S&P CEO.

Sid Landolt, S&P Real Estate president; and Peter Dupuis, S&P CEO.

Bjarke Ingels, Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) founder, with his masterpiece in the background, Vancouver House.

Bjarke Ingels, Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) founder, with his masterpiece in the background, Vancouver House.

Charmaine Crooks, NGU Consultants president, former Olympian and Order of Canada recipient; and her husband, Anders Thorsen, Canwel Building rep.

Charmaine Crooks, NGU Consultants president, former Olympian and Order of Canada recipient; and her husband, Anders Thorsen, Canwel Building rep.

Sue Dupuis; Floyd Hill, Odlum Brown director; and Carlota Lee, Prospero International Realty broker.

Sue Dupuis; Floyd Hill, Odlum Brown director; and Carlota Lee, Prospero International Realty broker.

Mark Ostry and Russell Acton from Acton-Ostry Architects.

Mark Ostry and Russell Acton from Acton-Ostry Architects.

Bill Pechet, Pechet Studios founder; Michael McDonald, Kasian Architecture senior principal; and Don Kasian, Kasian Architecture principal.

Bill Pechet, Pechet Studios founder; Michael McDonald, Kasian Architecture senior principal; and Don Kasian, Kasian Architecture principal.

David Ju, Westbank Projects acquisition and developments manager; and Andrea Eng, Global Monopoly strategist.

David Ju, Westbank Projects acquisition and developments manager; and Andrea Eng, Global Monopoly strategist.

Norman Huth, Henriquez Partners Architects director of interior architecture; Manuel Bernaschek, Showcase Pianos president; and his wife Judy, and baby, Aria.

Norman Huth, Henriquez Partners Architects director of interior architecture; Manuel Bernaschek, Showcase Pianos president; and his wife Judy, and baby, Aria.

Bjarke Ingels, BIG founder; and Bing Thom, Bing Thom Architects founder, Order of Canada/Golden Jubilee medal recipient and Royal Architectural Institute of Canada gold medal winner.

Bjarke Ingels, BIG founder; and Bing Thom, Bing Thom Architects founder, Order of Canada/Golden Jubilee medal recipient and Royal Architectural Institute of Canada gold medal winner.

Gesamtkunstwerk Launch Party
Gesamtkunstwerk Exhibition Space
March 21, 2014


A select group of Vancouver architects and business leaders were invited to the official launch of Gesamtkunstwerk, presented by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) of Copenhagen and New York, and Ian Gillespie of Westbank Projects Corp. Westbank developed a curated exhibition inside a former storage locker facility, featuring the LEED Platinum Vancouver House display, set to begin construction soon at the foot of the Granville Street Bridge.

Guests mingled to a flow of wine and hor d'oeuvres, with live jazz followed by an introduction by Ian Gillespie, Westbank Projects president, and remarks by Bjarke Ingels.

Westbank has developed a curated exhibition on city-building to provide Vancouverites and visitors a unique opportunity to see how Vancouver has developed, and look behind the scenes at the city-building process. Gesamtkunstwerk, a German word translated to mean "life as a total work of art," is the embodiment of Westbank's work in developing total projects. Westbank is one of North America’s leading real estate developers, creators of the acclaimed Fairmont Pacific Rim, Woodward's building, and Toronto and Vancouver Shangri-La Hotels.