Vancouver home builder Michael Audain announced that he entered into an agreement with the Resort Municipality of Whistler to build a 56,000 sq/ft. museum to house a portion of his extensive art collection. The Museum will contain a permanent collection of the art of British Columbia from early times to the present day. The Museum will accommodate temporary exhibitions from leading museums around the world.
Designed by John and Patricia Patkau, the 56,000 sq/ft. building will nestle in a grove of predominantly Englemann and Sitka Spruce trees. The main floor exhibition galleries will total 20,000 sq/ft. in size, while the staff quarters and art preparation spaces will be situated on the second floor.
Site work started in August and the building is scheduled for completion in the fall of 2015.