Vancouver’s Presentation House Gallery Taps Patkau Architects To Design New Building

The City of North Vancouver has retained Canadian architectural firm Patkau Architects to design a new buidling for Presentation House Gallery (not pictured), Canadian Architect reports, with a preliminary design expected in the spring. The Vancouver-based firm has produced designs for several galleries recently, including the Beaty Biodiversity Museum in Vancouver, the School of Art at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, and a gallery in Whistler to house the art collection of Vancouver developer, Michael Audian.

“First and foremost we’re looking for something that’s going to be a lot more public, a lot more accessible, and a lot more inviting,” Reid Shier, director of Presentation House, told the Georgia Straight. The new space, to be built at the foot of Lonsdale Avenue, will be more accesible than the current space, and three times the size, at 16,000 square feet. “We anticipate the new space will allow us to work on more ambitious exhibitions,” said Shier. “We’re going to be doing major, significant exhibitions with both local and international artists.”

— Benjamin Bruneau

(Image: Patkau Architects’s design for Daegu Gosan Public Library International Architectural Competition. Courtesy Patkau Architects.)