From the street, studio-
It can be said that the offices of Canada's most famous construction company are disguised by green screens of leaves and Ivy.
You have to walk to the front door to see the name :.
It's a media.
A company of 18 to 20 people led by founder John and Patricia Paco.
Although the company has been in Vancouver for 35 years and is located near South Granville, it is better known across the country and around the world than at home.
This is in part related to the fact that it has never been hired to design an apartment tower, the main form of construction for the Vancouver Metro.
Patkau Architects designed schools and private homes
But the latter is often outside of Vancouver, where they have a second home on the west coast.
Known for its innovation and exploration of how to influence architecture.
For example, in order to create a design inspired by abstract origami, the company invented a machine that bends and folds stainless steel
What the steel industry says can't be done.
The relative anonymity of the company may be changing.
One of its recent high-profile local buildings is the glittering Art Nouveau gallery on the waterfront at the foot of North Vancouver Lonsdale.
But the main reason for its high profile is the success in Whistler.
It won another architectural Medal from the Paco Institute of Architects.
The company now has 18 GG Awards, more than any other company in the country.
The Odan Museum was also selected as one of the top international buildings.
This is a rare but not unprecedented honor for a Canadian company, and Patkau Architects will receive the top architectural award from the Odan Museum in New York in June 21.
In other words, the museum project won the top architectural award in Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States. S.
"It's fun for me," John Paco, a reflective person, talked about the success of the Odan Museum of Art in an interview.
"Some of the projects that we really think have quality and density are not easy to get and therefore won't be rewarded in this way.
This project is a happy blend of accessibility and a rich concept.
So this is great. We love it.
The couple originally moved from Winnipeg to Toronto because they were known for their intellectual tenacity in the city.
The recession in the 1970 s sent John to Edmonton, and Patricia went to the School of Architecture at Yale where he started building practice.
"We moved to B. C.
Patkau said: "This is due to a love for the scenery and a love for B, which is a very clear reason. C. landscape.
"One of the first projects the young company has won was 3 km kilometers east of Agassi in Fraser Valley.
This wooden building is located on the edge of the first ethnic village of seabirds Island and is designed to encourage connections between schools and communities.
In the classroom, students, teachers and communities can go through a south-
According to the company's 2008 monographs, facing the porch means recalling the boardwalk of coastal indigenous villages.
The school was built by members of seabirds Island as a training program and is unique.
In 1992, seabirds Island won the first Governor-General architectural award for Patkau Architects.
Other famous public buildings of the company in Vancouver Metro include Surrey and West Vancouver.
Years later, when Michael Odan wanted to build a museum in Whistler to collect works of art from his and his wife Karasawa Yoshiko's collection, outstanding architecture was not his first choice.
"As he said to us at the beginning: he is not really interested in architecture," Patkau said . ".
"He is very interested in art.
He wants a building that supports his interest.
Largest exhibition space
Originally, Patkau thought that the art museum of Odan should be 35,000 square feet.
However, once the need for transportation and reception, machinery and office space is taken into account, the remaining exhibition space is greatly reduced.
Auden is not happy.
"After the development license was approved, he said, 'No, it doesn't work for me.
There is not enough exhibition space for this building.
We're going to make it bigger.
At that time, Odan's area increased significantly to 56,000 square feet. ft.
At this point, the design has changed from a simple linear building to a unique "l" shape.
Patkau found a blank in an existing group of needle ers where they could provide extra space.
It turned out to be a happy accident because Auden chose the site provided by Whistler because it was covered with trees.
"It is essential for him to have this natural background," he said . ".
"However, he was surprised when we decided not to take the tree down and slide the building over the site at a sloping angle so that we could save all the trees.
Because this building is in a 200-
The flood plain of one year had to rise above the ground on the tower.
This led to a bridge from the dam on Blackcomb Road to the main entrance of the museum.
Through the bridge on the ground, a magnificent entrance is created for the museum;
Inside, it means people look down at the ground and the trees.
This steep roof provides Whistler with an average of 5 metres of snow a year.
Its design is like this, when the snow falls, it will pile up on the ground, leaving space to walk on the path.
"We deliberately chose to make the building very dark," Patkau said . ".
"We don't want it to stand out from the forest.
This is a technique that we use on other sites in the natural environment where we make the color of tree shadows.
"It took only a year from Odan's choice of Paso architects to the start of construction --
Three times faster than usual. The $43.
The 5 million museum was opened in March 2016.
The project architect is President David Shone.
"This is a very accidental thing," said Patkau . ".
"We are ready to take advantage of everything the website offers.
In addition to the design of buildings such as the Odan museum, it also began to apply "specific actions or processes" to materials, looking for new forms for structures and buildings.
The first is curved plywood for Winnipeg's skating rink.
Shelterkawakubo is located in Ginza, Dover Street Market, Tokyo. The international success of shelterto bending steel has created conditions for retail display and private dressing rooms.
It also brings in sculptures that are made by holding the prepared steel plates to thousands of kilograms of force, so they spring into new curved shapes.
On December 2017/January 2018, a number of steel works were exhibited at Vancouver Jones Gallery.
The company's interest in art museum design has led to changes in John and Patricia.
Patricia told the Vancouver Sun in 1995 that she and her husband shared a passion for design.
In their spare time, she said, they read books about architecture;
They look at buildings when they travel.
When he was recently asked what Patricia had said a few years ago, John explained that their patterns have increased over the past 20 years.
"We have expanded our interest in the world of visual arts," he said . ".
"This is partly the result of the art museums and galleries we have been doing.
When we travel now, we allocate time between going to the art museum to see art and architecture --
Go to the building.
"As for a beach holiday --
We don't know what to do.
We won't understand.
"2: recently published and published books: Patkau gazts, a monograph on works by 2008, and materials operations, a brief compilation of materials research for the period 2010 to 2016.
4. number of principals: John Paco, Patricia Paco, Greg bosiroy, and David Shawnee.
6: Awards for the Odan Museum of Art, including the Governor's Medal of architecture (Canada)
Royal British Institute of Architects International awards (United Kingdom)
And the architectural honor award of the American Society of architecture (United States).
18: The number of architectural medals awarded by the governor to any construction company in the country.
The first is the Pilch residence in 1986.
On the 18 th, AAM was in 2018. 18-
20: The number of companies 35: "excess" of operating years"
Decoration is not the style of Patkau . . . . . . The company is known for its well-crafted progressive design on a different plane from mainstream commercial work, and the husband and wife team John and Patricia Paco have been able to avoid it. ”-
Robin Ward, 1986 Vancouver Sun (
Seabirds Island School)
Will be a piece of art.
A model of how to embed a building deeply into a specific place and culture. ”-
Canadian architecture magazine Excellence Award 1990 "we would love to do more work in Vancouver, but we are not very good at promotion.
We need more projects that support innovation rather than hinder it.
In fact, our building is challenging. ”-
John Paco of Vancouver Sun 2001 said: "We are working with our hands most of the time.
This is a big part of our study. ”-
John Patkau of the Vancouver Sun talks about the company's book materials business, 2017 "in general, this is a very elegant gallery that takes advantage of its beautiful forest environment. ”-
The Royal Institute of Architects awarded 2018 International Excellence Award to the Odan Museum of Art, a beautiful and vibrant project that truly encircles users in nature, blurring between people
The type of building is a stepping stone to Canada, a new icon and a monument to BC. ”-
The American Institute of Architects awarded 2018 Honor Award for the art museum of Odan (
Pictures provided by architect Patkau. )