One of the most beautiful buildings in downtown Vancouver is the main library. It looks like the Colosseum (though the architect denies he built it that way) and is very large, open, and airy. A wonderful library with lots to read inside of it!
This photo is taken in the open area containing shops outside the library, like a little mall. Actually, if you've seen The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, then the scene in the mall is filmed here.