Cheese Grater Cladding

Normally I’m a big fan of local Vancouver (and specifically North Shore) architects John & Patricia Patkau; their use of wood and generally organic forms—more often than not—exemplifies modern West Coast design. But their plan for the new home for the Presentation House Gallery by Lonsdale Quay in North Vancouver is—how shall we put it—somewhat less than inspiring, though utilitarian.

It employs a mundane sawcut pattern in order to create some excitement in what is otherwise a bland two-storey massed design. But by applying the metal cladding (what I call “Cheese Grater”, but what others—more generously, perhaps—refer to as “Stair Tread”) to the exterior, I don’t think they’re doing any favours to the work.

What do you think?

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