The striking new construction at the southern end of Lonsdale Avenue was designed by Patkau Architects as a two-floor building. Above the generously glazed ground floor with foyer, shop and café area at street level is the gallery floor, clad with stainless steel shingles and benefiting from daylight through the bands of windows of the saw-tooth roofs.
The striking new gallery building consisting of around 2,000 square metres of floor space is located on an exposed site right on the harbour, with the stunning Vancouver City skyline as a backdrop. The upper floor, enclosed on three sides, comprises the actual exhibition spaces. Only the so-called "exterior deck" with its band of windows offers a panoramic view across the harbour.
The interior designers designed the exhibition rooms of the gallery for photographic and media art to be airy and spacious. To keep the difference between the northern light passing through the window panes of the saw-tooth roof construction and the artificial light as low as possible, the lighting designers selected ERCO LED lighting tools with a neutral white 4000K light colour.
ERCO LED lighting tools in the exhibition areas of the Polygon Gallery's upper floor demonstrate their ability to ideally meet the most diversified of lighting requirements within a gallery context - with uniform, glare-free general lighting on the one hand and crisp accentuation of the exhibits on the other.
The horizontal steel girders below the saw-tooth roofs accommodate a flush-mounted track system to which Light Board spotlights and lens wallwashers have been mounted. Thanks to simple repositioning, these can be flexibly modified to the general concept and exhibits of the specific exhibition.
Light Board lens wallwashers provide uniform, glare-free general lighting in the stairway leading from the foyer on the ground floor to the exhibition spaces on the upper floor.
The sales areas of the museum shop situated on the transparently designed ground floor are ideally accentuated by Parscan spotlights. With nine light distributions, the range of luminaires provides high flexibility for the needs of changing product displays.