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City Design Panel Endorses BIG’s Mixed-Use Vancouver Tower

A BIG step forward for Vancouver’s latest mixed-use tower making international headlines, as the 497-foot tall Beach and Howe proposal has received an “enthusiastic endorsement” from the city’s design panel. 

Commissioned by Canada’s real estate mogul Ian Gillespie of Westbank, the Bjarke Ingle Group-designed tower promises to add a foreign twist to Vancouver’s skyline and create a new identity for an undefined section of town at the fringe of the city's residential area. The 700,000 square foot complex - which contains shopping, social housing and market rental apartments - was praised by the panel for anchoring itself on a nine-story podium that occupies the disused, interstitial spaces found between the Granville Street Bridge’s entry and exit ramps.

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POP-UP Office Installation / Dubbeldam Architecture + Design

Exploring the evolving way in which we work, the POP-UP Office is an installation by DUBBELDAM Architecture + Design that uses modular units that can be combined in different ways. The result is a workspace that is simultaneously bare bones and tailored to the individual. This design becomes a great response to the profound shift in the way we work; when all we need is a surface to work on and a place to plug in, the working environment is no longer static. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Irène / KANVA

© Jimmy Hamelin
© Jimmy Hamelin

© Marc Cramer © Marc Cramer © Marc Cramer © Marc Cramer

Chilliwack / Randy Bens Architect

  • Architects: Randy Bens Architect
  • Location: New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada
  • Structural Engineer: Ennova Structural Engineers Inc.
  • Millwork: Platinum Millwork
  • Flooring / Stone: Inter Source Trading Corporation
  • Area: 300.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Roger Brooks Photography

© Roger Brooks Photography © Roger Brooks Photography © Roger Brooks Photography © Roger Brooks Photography

House 4249 / DGBK Architects

  • Architects: DGBK Architects
  • Location: West Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • Area: 422.6 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Wade Comer

© Wade Comer © Wade Comer © Wade Comer © Wade Comer

Cahier d'Exercices / Saucier + Perrotte Architectes

© Marc Cramer © Marc Cramer © Gilles Saucier © Marc Cramer

Nova Scotia Power Corporate Headquarters / WZMH Architects

  • Architects: WZMH Architects
  • Location: 1223 Lower Water Street, Halifax, NS B3J 1A1, Canada
  • Design Team: Jay Bigelow, Carl Blanchaer, John White, Harrison Chan, Arnaldo Zaragoza, Jee-Young Kang, Han Tang, Grace El-Khoury, Max Veneracion, Ronald Baga, Ken Price, Janet Nowakowski
  • Structural Engineer: BMR Structural Engineering
  • Landscape Architect: Gordon Ratcliffe Landscape Architects
  • Interiors: Figure3
  • Area: 193000.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Greg Richardson, RPM Productions

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

New Edinburgh House / Christopher Simmonds Architect

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© Doublespace Photography

© Doublespace Photography © Doublespace Photography © Doublespace Photography © Doublespace Photography

Warming Huts v.2013 Competition Winners

Big City / Big City Atelier
Big City / Big City Atelier

Warming Huts, an open art and architecture competition on ice – has selected five huts that best “push the envelope of design, craft and art” for it’s 2013 edition. Selected from over 100 entries, these winning proposals will be constructed in January alongside the longest naturally frozen skating trail in the world: the Assiniboine Credit Union River Trail in Winnipeg, Canada. Three of the huts were chosen from the open submission process, one from a separate University of Manitobacompetition, and one is being designed by award-winning Montreal firm Atelier Big City. Review them all after the break.

Bibliothèque Raymond-Lévesque / Manon Asselin + Jodoin Lamarre Pratte

  • Architects: Jodoin Lamarre Pratte, Manon Asselin
  • Location: Aéroport Montréal Saint-Hubert Longueuil (YHU), Montréal/Saint-Hubert Airport (YHU), 5700 route de l'Aéroport, Longueuil, QC J3Y 8Y9, Canada
  • Client: Ville de Longueuil
  • Area: 4,000 sqm
  • Year: 2010
  • Photography: Marc Cramer

© Marc Cramer © Marc Cramer © Marc Cramer © Marc Cramer

House on Limekiln Line / Studio Moffitt

  • Architects: Studio Moffitt
  • Location: Huron County, ON, Canada
  • Architect In Charge: Lisa Moffitt
  • Structural Engineer: Blackwell Engineering, Cory Zurrell
  • Off Grid Consultant: Nick Treanor
  • General Construction: Peter Long
  • Client: Maggie Treanor
  • Area: 85.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Gabriel Li, Shai Gil

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

W12 - Real Time Control Building #3 Proposal / gh3

Located on the corner of 84th Street NW and Jasper Avenue, on the northern bank of the North Saskatchewan River and just east of Edmonton’s downtown core, the W12 – Real Time Control Building building, playing a crucial role in punctuating open public space along the river’s edge. Designed by gh3, the building will be highly visible from the north, south and east, seen from a series of vantage points ranging from distant to near. The project is an opportunity to invest in the design of the plant enclosure while celebrating the importance of municipal infrastructure and recognizing the role infrastructure buildings have in shaping the built fabric of the city. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Marianne McKenna Invested as an Officer of the Order of Canada

Marianne Mckenna, OAA, FRAIC, AIA, OC, founding partner of KPMB Architects © Ann Marsden (CNW Group / KPMB Architects)
Marianne Mckenna, OAA, FRAIC, AIA, OC, founding partner of KPMB Architects © Ann Marsden (CNW Group / KPMB Architects)

The Governor General of Canada, David Johnston, has bestowed Officer of the Order of Canada – one of Canada’s highest honors – to Toronto architect Marianne McKenna of Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects. Similar to the Order of the British Empire in Britain and the Kennedy Center Honors for artists in the United States, the award recognizes Canadians for a lifetime of outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. Office of the Secretary to the Governor General stated:

Visionary (re)Generation Open International Design Competition

The University of Manitoba’s Visionary (re)Generation competition is inviting some of the world’s most accomplished urban thinkers to re-imagine the University of Manitoba’s Fort Garry campus. Focused on innovative and sustainable design, the two phase competition is a once-in-a-generation chance to transform their university into a place like no other that enriches the daily lives of all who learn here, work here, play here or call it home. Submissions for the first phase are due March 11. To register and for more information, please visit here.

Lansdowne Park Sports Center Proposal / Cannon Design

The redevelopment of the park, with the “Stadium in the Park” design concept, is an exciting urban design effort that encompasses a renovated stadium and arena, development of 300,000 sf of retail, renovation of heritage buildings, and an urban park for the people of Ottawa. Designed by Cannon Design, the project enhances both the history and the identity of the park by taking advantage of its location on the Rideau Canal. The result is a stadium in the park. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Hintonburg Home / Rick Shean

  • Architects: Rick Shean
  • Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Peter Fritz

© Peter Fritz © Peter Fritz © Peter Fritz © Peter Fritz

Green Line Ideas Competition

All are invited to participate in the challenge to create proposals for the public use of an overhead transmission line corridor (a.k.a. hydro corridor) in midtown Toronto. This design competition aims to demonstrate the potential of the particular hydro corridor site and also to foster a discussion on public use of other similar spaces in North American cities. The ideas will not be built, but they are meant to get the communities who live, study and work near the site to start thinking about its future. Submissions are due no later than February 4. Among the competition’s many organizers and sponsors are Workshop Architecture Inc., Davenport Neighborhood Association, Canada Council for the Arts, and Ontario Association of Architects. For more information about the competition, please visit their official website here.