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Patkau Architects receive 2021 AIA Award for design of North Vancouver's Polygon Gallery

Architects won a Governor General's Medal for work on the gallery last year as well
Polygon Gallery
Polygon Gallery in North Vancouver is known for its "saw-toothed" profile. Patkau Architects have been awarded a 2021 AIA Award for their work on the project.
The team responsible for designing the Polygon Gallery in Lower Lonsdale has been recognized by the American Institute of Architects with a major award.

Patkau Architects, the Vancouver-based firm behind the Polygon, is one of 10 firms from across North American that received 2021 AIA Awards for architecture this past week.

The awards celebrate the best contemporary architecture regardless of budget, size, style or type, according to the AIA website.

“These stunning projects show the world the range of outstanding work architects create and highlight the many ways buildings and spaces can improve our lives” the website states.

Noting that the architectural project was based on the rebirth of an independent photography and media institution that has served North Vancouver for decades, the AIA stated that the new gallery’s design provides access to a major public space with sweeping views of Vancouver’s skyline.

“It is marked with an iconic sawtooth profile clad in mirrored stainless steel sitting beneath expanded aluminum decking. The facade’s materials play off one another, lending a sense of mass and depth that shifts with differing sunlight conditions and the evening atmosphere,” the website states.

The Polygon Gallery officially opened its doors to the public in 2017.

Last year, Patkau Architects was awarded a Governor General’s Medal in Architecture for its work on the gallery.