The Patkaus are giants in the Canadian architectural world—their work is studied in universities around the globe—but they do not use their heft to produce 80-storey towers punctuating urban centres. Instead, quietly, the Patkaus focus on ideas: the pure, unembarrassed inquiry that precedes and infuses all truly great designs.
Settled along Kootenay Bay, the Yasodhara Ashram offers self-reflection in an innovative temple by Patkau Architects, shaped like undulating waves.
When the Polygon Gallery opens this November in North Vancouver’s lower Lonsdale neighbourhood, it will mark the completion of a project roughly four decades in the making.
The Tula House, realized as a thoughtful composition of wood, steel, concrete, and plate glass, is a place of mutual respect between nature and habitation.