The New St. Pauls Hospital – A healing environment that heals the environment

by ConnectLA

Connect LA tasked to create a landscape design to foster both user and community health.

Vancouver, BC – Connect Landscape Architecture, a recognized leader in the design and transformation of healthy vibrant communities, is proud to be on the PCL Construction Team picked to build the New St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver. 

“Our truly public vision supports holistic healing and promotes health and wellness weaving together principles of Place, Healing and Resiliency” said Ken Larsson, Creative Director at Connect LA. “– not only at the level of the individual but also through connections to the community and the land, while acknowledging the Site’s history, culture, and ecology.” 

The goal was to create a therapeutic environment that not only fosters user health, but also focuses on healing the Site. House posts are prominently located as gateways, representing the four nations, four seasons. Ethnobotanical plantings provide connections to First Nations healing landscapes. Biophilic design principles have been employed, and access to nature has been maximized to healing gardens for Patients, Visitors, and Staff. Diverse healing environments contribute to the creation of reflective and active spaces, promoting wellness and offering therapeutic function at a variety of scales throughout the Campus. 

The landscape is designed to be resilient and adaptive to a changing environment. The Design anticipates climate change, rising water levels, and fluctuations in rainfall intensity and events through an on-Site water retention strategy and focuses on landscapes which are  drought-tolerant and low-maintenance.

About Connect Landscape Architecture

Connect LA is a full-service landscape architecture firm based in Vancouver, British Columbia. Over 35 years of award-winning success make us a recognized leader in the design and transformation of healthy, vibrant communities. Our diverse portfolio in planning, design and creation of livable places for people is exemplified by our passion for landscape, love for our craft, and through our vision – to connect people to nature through meaningful design.

For media inquiries or additional information, please contact:

Ken Larson (principal) 

Connect Landscape Architecture Inc.

[email protected]


PCL Constructors 

HDR Architecture 

Stantec Architecture 


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