Seizing upon the cultural zeitgeist along Great Northern Way, the Equinox Gallery, a former South Granville stalwart, embarked on a mission to engage in a much larger conversation about contemporary art. The Director expressed to us his desire for a gallery that could afford the democratic viewing of multiple exhibitions and the staging of simultaneous private gallery events as well as fulfill all of the functional requirements for day-to-day operations. Industrial spaces like this are a rarity in Vancouver so interest still remains in retaining remnants from their previous life. In this case, a 14,500 square foot former Finning plant with apparatus for hanging and painting heavy-duty Caterpillar machinery. The roof is a soaring 25′ high so creating a lower white-walled datum helps bring the scale down to human proportions, leaving the cluttered industrial horizon floating above. A new entry sequence puts administrative functions front-and-centre where gallery staff work along a laptop strewn expanse of cross-laminated-timber (CLT) made from white-washed pine-beetle wood. Several kinetic features support multivalent gallery functions: a top-sliding glass partition closes off the rear loading bay, tall pivoting walls control access between galleries and back-of-house, while a large pocket wall separates public and private viewing spaces. The project space allows Equinox to operate at a scale often reserved for larger public galleries and museums and, at the same time, marks a return for us to our roots designing and building such cultural institutions in our apprenticeship.