The Space Centre shares one of the most distinctive buildings in the city with the Museum of Vancouver
The statue on the lake is a crab
H. R. MacMillan Space Centre
The H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, founded 1968, is an astronomy museum in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, that is located at Vanier Park in Vancouver. Inside the building, there are live demonstrations on science in the GroundStation Canada Theatre, exhibits and games in the Cosmic Courtyard, and shows about astronomy in the Planetarium Star Theatre. Next to the building is the Gordon MacMillan Southam Observatory. This centre of astronomy is a popular attraction in Vancouver.
The Space Centre is named for H. R. MacMillan, a British Columbia industrialist and philanthropist. The building was designed in the 1960s by architect Gerald Hamilton  to house what was then called The Centennial Museum. The planetarium was added as part of a pre-construction re-design. The Space Centre originated as the H.R. MacMillan Planetarium until its re-branding in the 1990s when it expanded to include exhibit space into one of the wings of the building it shares with the Museum of Vancouver. The facility was refurbished and renovated to include the Space Centre exhibit space in 1997-98 by Matsuzaki Wright Architects.
Museum of Vancouver
The Museum of Vancouver (MOV) (formerly the Vancouver Museum) is a local museum located in Vanier Park, Vancouver, British Columbia. The MOV is the largest civic museum in Canada and the oldest in Vancouver. The museum was founded in 1894 and recently went through a major re-visioning process in 2008. It creates Vancouver-focused exhibitions and programs that encourage conversations about what was, is, and can be Vancouver. Permanent exhibitions tell the city’s stories from the early 1900s to the late 1970s and are complemented by contemporary, groundbreaking feature exhibits. It shares facilities with the H. R. MacMillan Space Centre.
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pajaran (47690) 2014-03-14 23:49
\VRlo interesantan tekst o mestu sa opisom ...
Dobar snimak, ostrina i kontrast, lepo pokazano, lepe boje.
Dobar rad i kompozicija, lepa arhitektura.
Imajte lep dan, sve najbolje za vikend, srecno.
jemaflor (79824) 2014-03-14 23:59
tfs this Museum, interesting and well made architecture, perfect contrast and light management on your photo.
SnapRJW (28714) 2014-03-15 0:14
Hello Danos - You have used the distinctive lines of the architecture well in this symmetrical composition. I find the curve of the walkway particularly beautiful and together with the whiteness of the roof it makes a super contrast to the blue of the sky. Nice to see the off-centre figures too adding a little human detail to the shot.
Have a good weekend
jurek1951 (40949) 2014-03-15 0:40
a very spectacular architectural photo with interesting note, the POV is very attractive, superb lights and clarity. Effective photo work,
serp2000 (37378) 2014-03-15 1:38
Amazing idea to use the Flying Plate image for the Space museum. Another interesting page of Vancouver, very nice postcard format.
I see you are missing the North America. Me too. ;)
Didi (54645) 2014-03-15 2:12
Very good point of view on the museum
You made a nice close encounter of the third kind :)
Subhogen (4063) 2014-03-15 2:20
The space centre indeed looks like an UFO and the statue in front like a marauding alien. Nice view of modern architecture very apt for the subject of the photo. I like the blue sky contrasting the white buildings so well. Very well done and thanks for sharing.
tenretin (2189) 2014-03-15 3:47
The flying saucer side caught my eye. I'm not disappointed watching the picture that is well worth the building.
This is well documented.
ikeharel (51305) 2014-03-15 3:53
Shaped as a soucer, match perfectly for space theme of the museum.
Picture superbly taken from the point taken, and the fountain is no-less interesting.
Fine photo, good clarity and light used.
Have a nice weekend,
Kamilutka (8079) 2014-03-15 4:04
nice choice of the format - this semi panorama enhances the shape of the building. I like the sculpture and the fountain in front of it - they are dead original! Lovely colors and good light management.
Thanks for sharing
Fis2 (81417) 2014-03-15 4:26
Excellent POV and composition.
I like super colors.
Persons add savor of photo.
Have a nice afternoon
lousat (71247) 2014-03-15 4:56
HI Danos,looks a bit like a muslim temple..ehee..very interesting building and great capture,perfect exposure,details and colors,excellent symmetry too,i like it! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
pierrefonds (54510) 2014-03-15 4:57
The subject is well framed. The point of view is showing the details and the colours of the architecture of the Space cente museum of Vancouver. The good luminosity is bringing out the colours. Have a nice day.
ngk (2411) 2014-03-15 6:06
Γεια σου Δάνο,
Πολύ ωραία παρουσίαση με έντονη χρωματική αντίθεση ανάμεσα στο λευκό και το βαθύ μπλε, και απόλυτη συμμετρία.
Sergiom (53539) 2014-03-15 6:42
J'aime beaucoup le point de vue bas qui donne de la profondeur à la composition et de l'ampleur à ce bâtiment qui ressemble à une soucoupe volante. Une très belle symétrie et une belle gestion de la lumière.
Noel_Byrne (19939) 2014-03-15 8:40
What a cool building, and thanks also for your excellent note. A fine symmetrical composition and the silver white sheen of the place looks lovely against this vivid blue sky. Love that sculpture out front too, is it a crab? It looks very proud and happy with itself whatever it is!
Thanks as always
PaulVDV (20231) 2014-03-15 9:24
A very remarkable building and certainly its roof.
Perhaps the design was inspired by an UFO.
The crab is enormous measured by the people beside the pool.
Best regards, Paul
mesutilgim (79212) 2014-03-15 10:40
Hello dear Danos,
Nice capture of this space center in Vancouver.
Good symmetrical layout.
Mant interesting and usefull notes.
TFS and best have a nice weekend
papagolf21 (82926) 2014-03-15 12:27
Bonsoir, cher ami Danos,
Architecture contemporaine très en avance pour l'époque.
Le choix du cadrage valorise l'ensemble de la composition.
La qualité du rendu est remarquable.
rbassin (15786) 2014-03-15 12:31
Bonne prise de vue et bon cadrage: l'architecture y est bien mise en valeur.
ourania (25352) 2014-03-15 14:46
μου αρέσει πολύ η οπτική γωνία προς τα πάνω, η συμμετρική σύνθεση και το προσεγμένο καδράρισμα, νομίζω ότι ταιριάζουν πολύ στο αρχιτεκτονικό ύφος του κτηρίου. Η αίσθηση του βάθους είναι εξαιρετική όπως και η οξύτητα, όλες οι γραμμές διαγράφονται υπέροχα μέσα στο κάδρο. Φώτισες τη σκηνή ιδανικά και νομίζω πως πέτυχες την καλύτερη εκδοχή των χρωμάτων. Συγχαρητήρια και ευχαριστώ!
Να είσαι καλά, καλή Κυριακή,
bukitgolfb301 (34188) 2014-03-15 17:29
Hi dear Danos, how are you? Sorry for my late reply as so busy weekday.
Very finest architecture image in perfect composition and reasonable synmetry. So sharp and vivid white and blue color contarst is very comfortable and eye-catching indeed.
All the best and have a good Sunday! TAKERO
fabbs99 (15655) 2014-03-15 23:40
Nice shot of the Space center-Museum of Vancouver.Very well captured with good clarity and sharpness.TFS.
jmdias (51845) 2014-03-16 1:47
curious shapes of this building, it looks like an ufo. the sculpture of the crab is very interesting. nice elements in the compo, good light, framing and details. TFS.
mirosu (12240) 2014-03-16 6:10
Excellently composed photo, the symmetrical arrangement works very well here. Nice view up to this interesting Space Centre building. The building is in very good light, there is superb contrast against blue sky.
Very well done.
abmdsudi (38684) 2014-03-16 7:38
Lovely image in brilliant colors and light, a lively shot well cropped that brings all its features to life. Crispy, bright and superb contrast making this a very fine image. The overall effect is very pleasing to the eye. Super capture and excellent infor notes. Congrats
jcpix (10980) 2014-03-16 8:52
Aptly named this building, because the top portion looks like a spaceship that could break off and fly away at any moment. :) And what's with the metallic crab...there really are aliens living amongst us! haha
Quite an interesting building, both retro and futuristic. I like that you've chosen a straight forward composition, utilizing the arched ramp to connect both sides of the frame. Bright, sharp and well balanced, this is a very pleasant presentation of the center. The detailed notes enhance the image as well, nicely achieved all the way around. Have a great week ahead. All the best.
adramad (34821) 2014-03-16 9:26
Splendid POV, showing us all this modern wide area, where the circular building is the protagonist for its originality and charm, great crab sculpture is a perfect complement.
Magnificent this range of very natural colors.
Very well maintained brightness and optimum sharpness.
Well done. I love it.
Have a nice Sunday.
ChrisJ (94204) 2014-03-16 10:04
I love the big crab sculpture with the fountain out the front of the building. Worth a detailed shot in its own right imho. The seated people at left provide scale and add a welcome splash of red and blue colours to the monotone mix of b&w and grey. Tfs!
boa (5536) 2014-03-16 13:10
i did not visit this museum when i was in Vancouver but it looks interesting! Good symmetry , sharpness and colors in this picture. It was also a good idea to include people in this shot, well done!
Have a nice evening/
Royaldevon (25884) 2014-03-16 14:15
I am not surprised that you were attracted to photograph this building, it is the most iconic shape, like the generic flying saucer. The crab, with its claws aloft, seems to be celebrating the building.
Did you take any close-ups of the crab?
I'm sure it would be interesting in its own right.
The building has lovely curved lines, which you have captured beautifully in this nicely symmetrical composition.
My warm regards,
krzychu30 (15258) 2014-03-17 1:52
excellent approach to modern architecture!
This Space Centre reminds really some kind of Spaceship.
I enjoy you wide-angle perspective here,which presents the architecture in best quality and with all details.
Also the contrast between its white facade and blue sky is great and makes the scene more expressive.
Have a nice day
Graal (94978) 2014-03-17 3:46
unusual architecture. Building like any UFO. Interesting place in Canada well presented here. Good informations and photo-work.
Have a nice day.
eldancer1 (24625) 2014-03-17 6:42
Beautiful architecture and it does represents space with its design. Nicely captured with good lighting and sharp details. Well done, tfs.
geoant68 (2751) 2014-03-17 7:44
πολύ όμορφη παρουσίαση του κτηρίου που στεγάζει το Μουσείο και το πλανητάριο τοης πόλης.Εξαιρετική η αντίθεση των χρωμάτων,η ευκρήνεια με το γλυπτό να διακοσμεί τέλεια την είσοδο.Οι δύο γυναίκες προσθέτουν κλίμακε στη φωτογραφία,
Alco (6418) 2014-03-17 9:48
Very nice picture of that museum.Beautiful architecture completed by a very nice sculpture in the middle of the fountain.Nice blue sky. Very well done.
Hava anice day.
Corry (4506) 2014-03-17 13:05
Ce bâtiment possède une architecture très futuriste avec sa ressemblance à une soucoupe volante. La place est très belle avec son bassin et sa sculpture. Image bien cadré avec une belle lumière. Bien fait.
dip (23502) 2014-03-17 13:58
Γεια σου Δάνο,
φουτουριστικό το κτίριο,φαίνεται ότι έχει να κάνει με το διάστημα...
το κατέγραψες τέλεια στη φωτογραφία σου με πολύ καλό καδράρισμα και φωτισμό,μου αρέσει η ένταξη του ανθρώπινου στοιχείου στο κάδρο,μας δείχνει ότι έχει τραβηχτεί στη γη..:)
να σαι καλά,τα λέμε,
mcmtanyel (9947) 2014-03-17 18:09
I like the deep blue of the sky. Good POV with a symmetric view of the buildings shows off the interesting architecture.
subhendu_bagchi (25065) 2014-03-17 19:04
beautiful architecture of the museum. Interesting too by shape. Excellently captured with sharp details and very good depth. Lovely colours. Tfs.
Silvio1953 (114861) 2014-03-18 13:54
Ciao Danos, great view of fantastic architecture, wonderful colors, splendid light and excellent clarity, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
nikkitta (12654) 2014-03-18 14:41
Like modern museums, are well organized, as must be it, after the works of renovation
As always you chose a distant good POF leaving a space at the front and great contrast at the back with the so blue sky
Like the silver crab, original
Well seen and done
omid266 (2977) 2014-03-18 21:24
** Salam , Hi Danos ,
ممنون بابت این تصویر زیبا
Very nice captured this old museum , very beautiful building , nice text ,
very well done and Thanks for hunting this image with camera and sharing ,
Good Luck ,
** Look younger ,live longer ,
(Benjamin Gayelord Hauser, 1895-1984),
saxo042 (36630) 2014-03-19 7:00
A very interesting building, like an UFO that has landed here. The people in the picture add a scale for the building and for the special sculpture.
mkamionka (29151) 2014-03-19 8:41
lovely presentation of this extraordinary structure. I like its unique shape and the metallic crab at the entrance. Great weather resulted in lovely colors.
cornejo (27289) 2014-03-19 12:30
Hello Danos, very good picture of this interesting building entrance to the museum, very well captured in this beautiful image with good pov and framing, with good sharpness, depth, pretty light, color and good quality. Very good and interesting job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good night and happy week.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
kato (11630) 2014-03-20 17:35
You're capturing well this architecture by a good angle and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see the Space center-Museum with an unique design of round shape and fountain/sculpture in front of it.
macjake (51262) 2014-03-21 3:23
Ah Yes...the Space Centre...been here many times!
looking at it now makes me want to photograph it today and post it :)
that Crab is an excellent addition.
Did you know that the Crab has a Time Capsule in it? to be opened many many decades in the future!
love this pulled back version, you had a perfect day to shoot it. fine exposure levels.
love the "ufo" too
Cricri (100105) 2014-03-22 2:28
Intéressante architecture, bon cadrage, jeu ombre et de lumière qui fait ressortir les moindres détails sous le fond bleu, belle présentation
npecanhuk (60090) 2014-03-23 4:46
Very interesting building!
Truly attractive picture to show it to all of us!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, horizontal format, chosen pov and composition really pleased me!
TFS - congrats,
tatadalou (5641) 2014-03-30 3:39
Nice architectural shot, the symmetry strengthens the graphism of the building. Nice light management.
Angshu (54475) 2014-04-01 21:33
Indeed the building has quite an unique shape and the statue of the crab also adds interest. A nice postcard shot, symmetrical with nice colours! Well done...
UlfE (14635) 2014-04-02 12:09
Great architecture. This intention is perhaps to give the impression of spaceship but it also ressembles and ancient temple. The building was partly shaded and the lighting was strong but you handled these conditions in an excellent way! TFS and have a nice evening!
jacquest (18071) 2014-04-25 3:24
This is a good and symetrical view on the space center and the fountain. The people give a good sense of proportion. The light is good and gives nice colors and details.
Miguel82 (19172) 2014-05-15 9:01
Danos, a sunny view and beautiful monument, a crab, mothers with babies, high definition and excellent hues, regards
- Copyright: Danos kounenis (danos) (82563)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-04-28
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS 5 D, Canon Zoom EF 24-105mm 1:4mm L IS USM, HOYA Pro1 Digital 77mm MC UV
- Exposure: f/16, 1/45 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Canada-British Columbia
- Date Submitted: 2014-03-14 23:30