Audain Art Museum

Architect : Patkau Architects Inc.
Project team: John Patkau, Patricia Patkau, David Shone, Michael Thorpe, Mike Green, Marc Holland, Cam Koroluk, Dimitri Koubatis, Tom Schroeder, Luke Stern, Peter Suter, David Zeibin

Consultants
Structural: Equilibrium Consulting
Mechanical/ Electrical: Integral Group
Lighting: HLB Lighting Design
Civil: Creus Engineering
Landscape: PFS Studio / Tom Barratt
Code: LMDG
Building Envelope: Spratt Emanuel Engineering
Floodproofing: Kerr Wood Leidal
Geotechnical: Geopacific Consultants
Snow Management: Mountain Resort Engineering
Signage: Gallop Varley
Museum Consultant: Lord Cultural Resources
Exhibition Design: Bricault Design
Construction Manager: Axiom Builders

Images
James Dow / Patkau Architects (1-26)
Patkau Architects (27-32)

Location

Size

Client

Awards

Whistler, British Columbia, Canada

5,200 sq m / 56,000 sq ft

Audain Art Museum

2018 RIBA Award for International Excellence
2018 Governor General’s Medal in Architecture
2018 AIA Award – Architecture
2017 Wood Design Honor Award
2017 AIBC Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia Medal in Architecture
2017 Azure AZ Award
2017 Canadian Wood Council Design Award

Description

This 56,000 square foot museum houses the personal collection of Michael Audain and Yoshiko Karasawa, which traces a visual record of British Columbia from the late 18th century to present day.

The design of the museum is shaped by three determinants: (1) the need to house the permanent collection and temporary exhibits from around the world, (2) the challenging site, in the floodplain of a local creek, and (3) the enormous Whistler snowfall, averaging 15 feet accumulated depth per year.

Our design responds to these determinants directly by projecting a sequence of spaces into a linear void within the existing forest. Elevated a full story above the floodplain, the museum is crowned with a steeply sloped mass timber roof.

The building is sited to create a pedestrian link beginning at Whistler Village. A bridge from street-level rises through the forest to arrive at a skylit entry porch. From there, visitors can either enter the lobby or descend to the forest floor and continue to the nearby path system. Inside, visitors proceed along a glazed walkway overlooking the forest to gain access to galleries and exhibits.

The form and character of the museum is deliberately restrained to form a quiet backdrop for the collection. The dark metal exterior recedes into the shadows of the surrounding forest, punctuated occasionally at openings by luminous wood casings.

This 56,000 square foot museum houses the personal collection of Michael Audain and Yoshiko Karasawa, which traces a visual record of British Columbia from the late 18th century to present day.

The design of the museum is shaped by three determinants: (1) the need to house the permanent collection and temporary exhibits from around the world, (2) the challenging site, in the floodplain of a local creek, and (3) the enormous Whistler snowfall, averaging 15 feet accumulated depth per year.

Our design responds to these determinants directly by projecting a sequence of spaces into a linear void within the existing forest. Elevated a full story above the floodplain, the museum is crowned with a steeply sloped mass timber roof.

The building is sited to create a pedestrian link beginning at Whistler Village. A bridge from street-level rises through the forest to arrive at a skylit entry porch. From there, visitors can either enter the lobby or descend to the forest floor and continue to the nearby path system. Inside, visitors proceed along a glazed walkway overlooking the forest to gain access to galleries and exhibits.

The form and character of the museum is deliberately restrained to form a quiet backdrop for the collection. The dark metal exterior recedes into the shadows of the surrounding forest, punctuated occasionally at openings by luminous wood casings.

Patkau

1564 West 6th Ave Vancouver BC V6J 1R2 Canada

+1 604.683.7633 | info@patkau.ca

We gratefully acknowledge that we work on unceded xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) territories. 

Patkau

1564 West 6th Ave Vancouver BC V6J 1R2 Canada

Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh territories

+1 604.683.7633 | info@patkau.ca

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