Situated on the unceded territories of the Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), and xwməθkwəýəm (Musqueam) Nations, looking out over the Burrard Inlet and downtown Vancouver, the Polygon Gallery was awarded the 2019 Governor General’s Award for architecture.
This new North Shore landmark was designed by Patkau Architects, with lead design architects: John Patkau, FRAIC, Patricia Patkau, FRAIC, Peter Suter with Michael Green, FRAIC, Marc Holland, Jacqueline Ho and Thomas Schroeder. Before moving to its current location in the North Vancouver Shipyards area, the gallery existed as Presentation House for forty years. It is now run by the British Columbia Photography and Media Arts Society.
Of the current gallery’s building design, the Governor General’s Award jury committee wrote: ‘The bold mass and jagged profile of this public gallery hover weightlessly over a glass entry floor. The building creates a generous covered public area on the North Vancouver waterfront, with the form generating interaction between passersby and art-goers, lowering the boundary between elite art activities and daily life. Sensitive to sky and sea, the shimmering façade reflects the changing light outside, while the inside boasts flexible galleries capped by intimidating skylights.’
Now open with safety protocols, The Polygon is well worth a sea bus ride for the building itself. Admission is by donation. Some more building photos from talented photographer Ema Peter:
The Polygon Gallery
The Polygon Gallery is centred around ‘contemporary visual art with a focus on photography.’ They are active in cultivating new and diverse artistic voices. The gallery is open now, with safety procedures, and currently running Third Realm. Contemporary Art from Asia until November 8th, 2020.
Third Realm, curated by David Quadrio, is built from artworks created in Asia between 2004 and 2019 and drawn from the FarEastFarWest collection. The works you will see include …
Cao Fei (Second Life Avatar: China Tracy). RMB City Opera: The Look of Love. 2009 Courtesy FarEastFarWest collection
FX Harsono. Still from Writing in the Rain, 2011. Courtesy FarEastFarWest collection
Apichatpong Weerasethakul. Ghost Teen. 2009. Courtesy FarEastFarWest collection
SITE Photography. Sun Xun, Shock of Time (detail). 2006. silkscreens and single channel video. Artwork courtesy of FarEastFarWest collection
Header Photo of The Polygon Gallery by Ema Peter