November 17, 2017
In the News: The Polygon Gallery opens in North Van
By Claudia Kwan
The Polygon Gallery is now exhibiting its inaugural show, N. Vancouver, tracing the region’s evolution from a Coast Salish village to its current status as a cosmopolitan gateway to the North Shore Mountains. New works commissioned from artists such as Andrew Dadson, Tracy Williams and Althea Thauberger will be paired with existing pieces from Stan Douglas, Fred Herzog and Jeff Wall, among others.
The purpose-built 25,000-square-foot facility at the foot of Lonsdale Avenue features a large ground floor with a glass-enclosed lobby and a steel second storey cantilevered over top.
“There was concern about pedestrian sightlines from the foot of Lonsdale through to the harbour, and the building needed to respect the potential for a future civic plaza,” explains Polygon Gallery executive director Reid Shier. “My desire for natural light also drove the very strong design configuration, including the big sawtooth roof with clerestory windows.”
The Polygon will build and expand on the photography focus of the former Presentation House Galley by comparing and contrasting historic and contemporary photography, as well as including industrial photography.
Thanks to support from BMO, admission to the gallery is by donation.
Inform Interiors honoured for design advocacy
When Niels and Nancy Bendtsen learned they were being awarded a 2017 Architecture Advocacy Award from the Metro Vancouver chapter of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, it came as a complete surprise. The owners of Inform Interiors say they never set out to be design advocates; events just started happening organically.
“An opportunity comes and you say, ‘Yeah, let’s support this,’ and then before you know it, people love it and there’s a lot of demand,” explains Nancy Bendtsen. “Then the ball just keeps rolling. It helps that our staff is so incredible at making it all happen, and we’re really happy to keep bringing relevancy to the design scene in Vancouver.”
She adds: “We’re lucky we have such an amazing city that people from around the world want to come and learn about us. We love our own. We don’t have ‘tall poppy’ syndrome like some other places. We don’t even realize how different we are.”
The Metro Vancouver RAIC chapter also honoured Polygon Homes chairman Michael Audain, former Vancouver city planner Ray Spaxman, the City of Surrey and Vancouver’s Urbanarium society.
A greener space at Parq
With its numerous restaurants, luxury hotel rooms, high-end spa and a massive new casino, you might be forgiven for not knowing where to head first at the new Parq Vancouver. Perhaps the best place to start is the entertainment destination’s new spin on the great outdoors.
The Parq is a 30,000-square-foot outdoor park on the sixth floor, featuring 15,000 native plants and more than 200 trees. The landscape was designed by Christopher Phillips of PFS Studio. The green space offers visitors a new spot to take in Vancouver’s views, and in offsetting carbon emissions, it’s helped Parq Vancouver meet LEED Gold environmental standards.
Forget about pale pastels or various shades of white—according to Benjamin Moore, 2018 will be all about a vibrant red hue called Caliente AF-290. It was chosen precisely because it is bold and energetic. Benjamin Moore’s seven-member team travelled to 30 cities in 12 different countries, a journey spanning more than 150,000 kilometres and found inspiration in architecture, fashion, pop culture and home furnishings. Benjamin Moore has also unveiled its Colour Trends 2018 palette, a spectrum of nearly two-dozen colours.