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A photo from the Audain Art Museum open house.

Resort Municipality of Whistler

Patkau Architects has unveiled a preliminary design for the Audain Art Museum to be built in Whistler, the future home for developer and philanthropist Michael Audain's art collection.

The design includes a meadow and sculpture garden and walkway access from the museum to an adjacent park, according to a Resort Municipality of Whistler news release. The building itself will be raised to mitigate the impact of being built on a flood plain.

A public open house was held last week for community members to view the design. The open house was held across the street from the proposed site, at Millennium Place. The museum will showcase works by Emily Carr, Jack Shadbolt and a number of coastal aboriginal artists collected by Mr. Audain and his wife, Yoshiko Karasawa.

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The 40,000-square-foot Audain Art Museum is proposed for municipally owned land that is being rezoned for the project. The municipality is reviewing the design of the building and will hold a public hearing March 5 for rezoning to be finalized. Proponents hope to break ground in the spring.

Vancouver-based Patkau Architects' award-winning projects include the Beaty Biodiversity Centre at the University of British Columbia and the Grande Bibliothèque in Montreal.

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