The already multi-award winning Audain Art Museum In Whistler, BC by Patkau Architects has been shortlisted for a prestigious RIBA Award, the only Canadian project to be included this year (ahem).
Bit of a tricky site this is...the new structure sits on a floodplain and must withstand 4.5 metres of snow annually... so in response to these conditions, Patkau developed a steep, asymmetrical peaked roof to shed the snow, and raised the building one storey aboveground on a series of pillars. The landscape then becomes part of the artwork on display, with views looking out onto a forest of Engelmann and Sitka spruce. Amazingly, only one tree was sacrificed in the building of this 5,203-square-metre building.
The museum houses the collection of West-Coast art owned by developer and philanthropist Michael Audain, including landscape paintings by Emily Carr, historic masks by Northwest Coast First Nations artists and mural-sized photographs by conceptualist Jeff Wall.
Patkau Architects is an architecture and design research studio based in Vancouver, Canada. They "explore the richness and diversity of architectural practice, understanding it as a critical cultural act that engages our most fundamental desires and aspirations."