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To Be Destroyed: A Call For Ideas

The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA) is calling for submissions that respond to the thematic of an upcoming exhibition, entitled TBD, that will be on view September 5 to October 25, 2014 in Toronto, Canada.

Crisan House / EST Architecture

  • Architects: EST Architecture
  • Location: Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, QC, Canada
  • Architect In Charge: Felix Tue
  • Team: Felix Tue & Claudiu Olaru
  • Area: 435.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Claudiu Olaru

© Claudiu Olaru © Claudiu Olaru © Claudiu Olaru © Claudiu Olaru

Herzog & de Meuron to Design New Vancouver Art Gallery

The Vancouver Art Gallery has unanimously appointed Herzog & de Meuron to design their new, 300,000 square foot gallery in downtown Vancouver. 

Selected from a shortlist of five - including Diller Scofidio + Renfro, KPMB Architects, SANAA , and Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects - Herzog & de Meuron was ultimately awarded the commission for their vision of the new Gallery and “proven ability to create innovative museum buildings that place prominence on artists and institutional mission.”

The new museum building, which will be the practice’s first Canadian project, will double the Gallery’s current space and accommodate for their expanding collections, indoor and outdoor exhibition space, and new educational programs. Conceptual designs are expected to be released in early 2015. 

Preview the portfolio that landed Herzog & de Meuron the commission, after the break...

FaulknerBrowns Propose Community Velodrome Scheme in Canada

British based FaulknerBrowns Architects have proposed plans for "one of only two velodromes in recent memory being planned" in the city of Edmonton, Canada. In a place where winters are cold and long, reaching -20 degrees celcius, the facility can be adapted for both indoor and outdoor use throughout the year. Clad in Canadian timber and polished stainless steel shingles wrapping around the building like a "twisted ribbon resembling the twisted sinuous cycle track," the scheme will be only the second major indoor cycle track facility in the country.

S&S Studio / Scott and Scott Architects

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Kicking Horse Residence / Bohlin Cywinski Jackson + Association with Bohlin Grauman Miller Architects

© Nic Lehoux © Nic Lehoux © Matthew Millman © Matthew Millman

Coleraine Duplex / NatureHumaine

  • Architects: NatureHumaine
  • Location: Coleraine St, Montreal, QC H3K, Canada
  • Area: 3135.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Adrien Williams

© Adrien Williams © Adrien Williams © Adrien Williams © Adrien Williams

Williamson Chong to Receive RAIC's Emerging Practice Award

First an Emerging Voices recipient, now a laureate of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada’s (RAIC) Emerging Architectural Practice Award; Toronto’s Williamson Chong Architects has proved themselves to be one of Northern America’s most promising firms. Founded just three short years ago, the seven-person practice has been chosen to be the RAIC’s second Emerging Practice Award recipient for “consistently producing innovating projects that contain quality detailing and craftsmanship.”

Canada’s Raymond Moriyama Launches $100k Pritzker Rival

Architect Raymond Moriyama, founder of Toronto-based Moriyama and Teshima Architects, has collaborated with the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) to launch an international CAD $100,000 prize open to architects with “outstanding” work or non-architects who have had an “exceptional contribution to architecture.”

With an aim to raise the stature of the RAIC and “inspire all Canadians and Canadian architects to aspire higher,” as Moriyama stated, the biennial Moriyama RAIC International Prize has the potential to rival the Pritzker as one of the world’s largest, and expectantly most “prestigious” cash prizes in architecture. 

However, based on the ideals of “Moriyama’s passion for humanistic architecture that transforms society through an emphasis on values such as social justice, equality and inclusivity,” the Prize is expected to set itself apart from Pritzker's focus on lifetime achievement.  

Revival of the Casino of Montréal / Menkès Shooner Dagenais LeTourneux + Provencher Roy Architectes

© Stéphane Groleau
© Stéphane Groleau

© Stéphane Groleau © Stéphane Groleau © Stéphane Groleau ©  Marc Cramer

eVolo Skyscraper Competition 2014: A Skyscraper That Grows

YuHao Li and Rui Wu were recently awarded third place in the 2014 eVolo Skyscraper Competition for their proposal of a skyscraper that grows. Using 'carbon capture', an emerging practice aimed at capturing and containing greenhouse gases, Propagate Skyscraper uses a simple, vertical grid scaffold to act as a framework for building, or growing, the volumes. "Ingredients for material propagation" are supplied through the scaffold, while its actual pattern of growth is defined by environmental factors (such as prevailing wind and the saturation of carbon dioxide within the immediate atmosphere). Although each resulting structure is distinct in formal expression, the structure maintains a regular spatial organisation, allowing it to be easily occupied and adapted.

© YuHao Liu & Rui Wu © YuHao Liu & Rui Wu © YuHao Liu & Rui Wu © YuHao Liu & Rui Wu

The Coxwell House / Rohan Walter

© Dave Rempel © Dave Rempel © Dave Rempel © Dave Rempel

Paul H. Cocker Architecture Gallery / Gow Hastings Architects

  • Architects: Gow Hastings Architects
  • Location: 325 Church Street, Ryerson University, Toronto, ON M5B, Canada
  • Area: 3120.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Shai Gil

© Shai Gil © Shai Gil © Shai Gil © Shai Gil

8th Ave / NatureHumaine

© Adrien Williams © Adrien Williams © Adrien Williams © Adrien Williams

Monique Corriveau-Library / Dan Hanganu + Côté Leahy Cardas Architects

  • Architects: Dan Hanganu , Côté Leahy Cardas Architects
  • Location: 1100 Route de l'Église, Quebec, QC G1V 3W2, Canada
  • Architect In Charge: Jacques Côté, Sébastien Laberge,
  • Design Team: Dan S. Hanganu, Gilles Prud’homme, Diana Cardas, Sébastien Laberge
  • Team: Pascal Gobeil, Martin Girard, Marie-Andrée Goyette (CLC) Olivier Grenier, Martine Walsh, Anne-Catherine Richard, Marc Despaties (DHA)
  • Area: 4400.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Stéphane Groleau

© Stéphane Groleau © Stéphane Groleau © Stéphane Groleau © Stéphane Groleau

Janet Echelman's Largest Aerial Sculpture To Premiere in Vancouver

American Artist Janet Echelman is to premiere her latest, and largest, sculpture in Vancouver. Widely known for her artistic ability to reshape urban airspace, Echelman's sophisticated mixture of ancient craft and modern technology has led to collaborations with aeronautical and mechanical engineers, architects, lighting designers, landscape architects, and fabricators to "transform urban environments world wide with her net sculptures." Using a light weight fibre to elevate her monumental "breathing" forms above the streets of urban centres, Echelman's new sculpture will be of a size and scale never before attempted.

Courtesy of Studio Echelman © Ema Peter / Studio Echelman © Ema Peter / Studio Echelman © Ema Peter / Studio Echelman

St. James Cathedral Centre / architectsAlliance

  • Architects: architectsAlliance
  • Location: 65 King Street East, Toronto, ON M5C 1G3, Canada
  • Architect In Charge: Peter Clewes
  • Design Architect : Heather Rolleston
  • Project Architect: Robert Cadeau
  • Design Team: Masoud Mahboubullah, Javier Viteri
  • Area: 2355.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Tom Arban

© Tom Arban © Tom Arban © Tom Arban © Tom Arban