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PROJECT

exteriors
The multi-award-winning
Audain Art Museum is
quintessentially Canadian,
from the eclectic art housed
inside to the unassuming
building itself.

The Art of Moisture Protection
A self-adhering air and water barrier protects Canadian
art collection from the elements.

T

he multi-award-winning Audain Art Museum is

Up close, one can see the museum sits on six concrete

The Audain Art Museum is designed to protect its

quintessentially Canadian, from the eclectic art

piers. This was done to accommodate flood-plain condi-

contents through the harsh winters of the Canadian

housed inside to the unassuming yet masterfully

tions from a nearby creek. The result is a structure that

Rockies, and the architects chose Delta-Vent SA, a

planned and executed hockey-stick-shaped building itself.

appears to be floating amongst the trees while sitting a full

vapor-permeable, self-adhering air- and water-resistive bar-

Yet, despite all the beauty on display for visitors, unseen

story above grade. Patkau Architects (patkau.ca), the Van-

rier, from Dörken Systems Inc., Beamsville, Ontario

elements make this building notable as well.

couver-based architectural firm that designed the build-

(dorken.com), to provide protection.

The 56,000-sq.-ft. private museum (audainartmuse-

ing, was tasked with creating a high-performance building

The air tightness provided by a fully adhered mem-

um.com) sits nestled amidst the alpine forest of Whistler,

that would preserve the precious art inside it while blend-

brane helps lower energy costs. The adhesion capability

British Columbia. The exterior is clad in dark metal, al-

ing into the natural vegetation around it.

of the membrane helped speed up the building process by

lowing it to blend with the shadows of the surrounding

allowing workers to construct the roof panels ahead of

forest as well as handle the high snow loads typical of the

WRAPPED UP TIGHT

time in a modular format in a factory setting. This meant

area. As noted by the Architectural Institute of British Co-

While the envelope may appear simple, it was very chal-

the membrane could be installed in a controlled environ-

lumbia (AIBC, aibc.ca), the deliberately restrained form

lenging to build, having numerous angles and sloping

ment rather than an unpredictable one, and the panels

and character of the building provide a quiet, minimalis-

walls-with some at a 50-deg. slant. The metal cladding

could be transported to the site without the membrane

tic backdrop to the art within and the surrounding natu-

also posed a challenge because of the ribbed pattern on

blowing off.

ral landscape.

the building's exterior.

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COMMERCI A L A RCHI T EC T URE

MARCH 2018

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The high vapor permeability of Delta-Vent SA allows


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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Commercial Architecture March 2018

The Architects
Old Buildings, Creative Solutions
Maximum Space, Tight Fit
The Art of Moisture Protection
Kansas State Calls Waterproofing Audible
Art Museum Expansion Is A Wrap
Exteriors Products
Glass Railings Complement Collegiate Gothic Structure
Arches Dominate New House of Worship
Access Floors Provide Flexbility
Interiors Products
Curtainwall, Storefront Systems Protect and Enhance
Impact Windows Featured In Apartment Renovation
Windows & Doors Products
PTACs May Hold Key To Hotel Energy Efficiency And IAQ
Visibility And Security Bank On Lighting
Lighting & Electrical Products
Building Technology Products
Showcase
Index
Portfolio
Commercial Architecture March 2018 - Cover1
Commercial Architecture March 2018 - Cover2
Commercial Architecture March 2018 - 1
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Commercial Architecture March 2018 - The Architects
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Commercial Architecture March 2018 - Old Buildings, Creative Solutions
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Commercial Architecture March 2018 - The Art of Moisture Protection
Commercial Architecture March 2018 - 25
Commercial Architecture March 2018 - Kansas State Calls Waterproofing Audible
Commercial Architecture March 2018 - 27
Commercial Architecture March 2018 - Art Museum Expansion Is A Wrap
Commercial Architecture March 2018 - Exteriors Products
Commercial Architecture March 2018 - Glass Railings Complement Collegiate Gothic Structure
Commercial Architecture March 2018 - 31
Commercial Architecture March 2018 - Arches Dominate New House of Worship
Commercial Architecture March 2018 - 35
Commercial Architecture March 2018 - Access Floors Provide Flexbility
Commercial Architecture March 2018 - 37
Commercial Architecture March 2018 - 38
Commercial Architecture March 2018 - Interiors Products
Commercial Architecture March 2018 - 40
Commercial Architecture March 2018 - Curtainwall, Storefront Systems Protect and Enhance
Commercial Architecture March 2018 - 42
Commercial Architecture March 2018 - 43
Commercial Architecture March 2018 - Impact Windows Featured In Apartment Renovation
Commercial Architecture March 2018 - 45
Commercial Architecture March 2018 - Windows & Doors Products
Commercial Architecture March 2018 - PTACs May Hold Key To Hotel Energy Efficiency And IAQ
Commercial Architecture March 2018 - 48
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Commercial Architecture March 2018 - 50
Commercial Architecture March 2018 - 51
Commercial Architecture March 2018 - Visibility And Security Bank On Lighting
Commercial Architecture March 2018 - Lighting & Electrical Products
Commercial Architecture March 2018 - 54
Commercial Architecture March 2018 - Building Technology Products
Commercial Architecture March 2018 - Showcase
Commercial Architecture March 2018 - Index
Commercial Architecture March 2018 - Portfolio
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