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The Georgia Straight - - Arts -

AUDAIN AC­CO­LADES Patkau Ar­chi­tects’ de­sign for the Audain Art Mu­seum in Whistler has been named a win­ner of one of this year’s Gov­er­nor Gen­eral’s Medals in Ar­chi­tec­ture. It’s the only B.C. build­ing among the dozen named in the Royal Ar­chi­tec­tural In­sti­tute of Canada and Canada Coun­cil for the Arts an­nounce­ment. It joins a cross-coun­try list that in­cludes an in­ter­na­tional air­port, a park pavil­ion, a small hospi­tal, and a li­brary in a 170-year-old church. The bi­en­nial awards cel­e­brate outstanding de­sign in re­cently com­pleted projects by Cana­dian ar­chi­tects. In its com­ments the jury stated: “This is a struc­ture that is, among other things, a to­tal re­sponse to site con­di­tions. The ar­chi­tects have taken ex­cep­tional care to po­si­tion the build­ing in def­er­ence to the ex­ist­ing trees and over the sea­sonal flood plane, keep­ing the build­ing’s foot­print at a min­i­mum.”

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