Patkau architects has designed a private museum in Canada, which houses the personal art collection of home-builder and philanthropist Michael Audain.
Located in Whistler, a resort town north of Vancouver, the 56,000 square foot institution traces a visual record of British Columbia from the late 18th century to the present day.
The Audain art museum includes a globally recognized selection of old first nation masks, a collection of emily carr paintings, and works by significant post-war canadian artists as well as internationally regarded contemporary creatives.
The configuration of the Audain art museum directly responds to a set of specific determinants, which directly influenced patkau architects’ design.
The first requirement was that the building should house both the permanent exhibition from Michael Audain’s collection as well as wide-ranging temporary exhibits from canada and around the World.
The other criteria relate to the geographic location of the site, which, although surrounded by evergreen forest vegetation, is located within a floodplain and receives enormous snowfall each year.