Polygon Gallery wins RIBA International Award for Excellence 2021

The Polygon Gallery by Patkau Architects has been recognized with a RIBA International Award for Excellence 2021. The project is among 16 international recipients, and the only Canadian team recognized.

“The 2021 RIBA International Awards for Excellence are presented to an ambitious and diverse range of projects from a wide range of established and upcoming architects’ practices. It is particularly important to be considering excellence in architecture at this time – in this fast-changing world, where governments, clients and society need the skills and insight of architects,” said RIBA President Alan Jones.
The gallery is the new home for an independent photography and media institution that has served North Vancouver’s creative community for nearly 40 years.

The building takes the form of two volumes: the upper storey containing the galleries space, administration and a flexible event space; and the lower transparent volume containing retail, reception, workshops, storage and technical areas, that connects the gallery to the waterfront and to the city of Vancouver across the Burrard Inlet.The gallery is raised more than a metre above ground level to allow for rising sea levels. The compactness of the building form and systems are designed to reduce footprint and energy consumption.

The shortlist for the RIBA International Prize 2021 will be announced in September. The winner will be named in November, along with the winner of the RIBA International Emerging Architect Prize. 

Click here to view the winners of the RIBA International Awards for Excellence 2021.

Date of completion September 2017
Location North Vancouver, Canada
Cost £7,061,679
Internal area 2,170 m²
Cost per m² £3,254 / m²

Contractor The Haebler Group
Structural Engineers Fast + Epp
M&E Engineers Integral Group
Quantity Surveyor/ Cost Consultant Turnbull Construction Services Ltd
Acoustic Engineers Dan Lyzun and Associates
Building Cost LMDG