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AD Classics: Strawberry Vale Elementary School / Patkau Architects

In the struggle against the homogenizing forces of an increasingly globalized architectural culture, the particularized interventions of Patkau Architects in the Canadian southwest proffer a means of resistance, grounded in the immediacy of context and the sacrosanctity of nature. Combining local material palettes with a rich tectonic vocabulary that borrows from the diverging currents of modernity and vernacular practice, the firm’s projects are dynamic and eminently sui generis, the results of an inspired pursuit at the nexus of regionalism, technology, and critical theory.

Tall Wood Building and Self-Supported Steel Structure Win RAIC's Innovation Award

The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) has awarded two British Columbia projects with the 2015 Innovation in Architecture award for their use of wood and steel: Michael Green Architecture's Wood Innovation Design Center in Prince George has been deemed to be an exemplar for tall timber buildings, while Patkau Architects' origami-inspired One Fold research project illustrates the structural potential of folding steel sheets. A closer look at both projects, after the break. 

Three Shortlisted to Design New UCSC Art and Science Institute

UPDATE: Three teams have been selected to move forward in the competition: Allied Works Architecture (Portland/New York), Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects (New York), and the team of Patkau Architects (Vancouver, B.C.) and Fong & Chan Architects (San Francisco). The finalists will present their proposals April 3 and a winner will be announced shortly after.

Seven high-profile teams have been shortlisted to design a new research, museum and performing arts center for the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC). Planned for a stunning site overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the $32 million project is intended to be “an innovative educational experiment” that will “blur the lines between disciplines to beautiful effect.” The shortlist ranges from Steven Holl to Tod Williams Billies Tsien. The complete list of competitors, after the break. 

Material Inspiration: 10 Projects Inspired by Wood

To celebrate the launch of ArchDaily Materials, our new product catalog, we've rounded up 10 awesome projects from around the world that were inspired by one material: wood. Check out the projects after the break...

Ten Firms Shortlisted to Renovate Mies' MLK Jr. Memorial Library in D.C.

In August, we reported a Request for Qualifications for the renovation of Mies van der Rohe's Martin Luther King (MLK) Jr. Memorial Library in Washington D.C. - Mies' only library and the only building in D.C. A few days ago, the District of Columbia Public Library (DCPL) narrowed down the list of potential firms from 26 to 10 and revealed that it was looking for community input on the library's future spaces and services.

The ten firms that made the cut are:

Venice Biennale 2012: Five North American Architects / Kenneth Frampton

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© Nico Saieh

Almost two years ago, on November 13th 2010, I had the chance to attend to a very special seminar to celebrate the 80th birthday of Kenneth Frampton at Columbia’s GSAPP. During that intense day, five north american practices presented their work followed by an interesting debate: Rick Joy Architects, Stanley Saitowitz / Natoma Architects, Patkau Architects, Steven Holl, and Shim Sutcliffe Architects. For the 13th Venice Biennale, Kenneth Frampton was invited to have his exhibit at the Arsenale, where the works of these five practices was presented on a series of videos, on a simple installation designed by Steven Holl. While we don’t have the videos shown during the Biennale, we present you the full video of the seminar (almost 6 hours), made available online by the GSAPP.

Shaw House / Patkau Architects

  • Architects: Patkau Architects
  • Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • Architects: Patkau Architects
  • Architect Team: Michael Cunningham, John Patkau, Patricia Patkau, Peter Suter
  • Structural Engineer: Fast +Epp Structural Engineers
  • General Contractor: Glover Co.
  • Photographs: Paul Warchol

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Beaty Biodiversity Center and Aquatic Ecosystems Research Laboratory / Patkau Architects

  • Architects: Patkau Architects
  • Location: 2329 W Mall, Greater Vancouver A, BC V6T, Canada
  • Architects: Patkau Architects
  • Project Team: Greg Boothroyd, Michael Cunningham, Joanne Gates, Samantha Hayes, Maureen Kwong, Thomas Lee, Davis Marques, Patrick O'Sullivan, John Patkau, Patricia Patkau, David Shone
  • Mechanical And Sustainability: Cobalt Engineering
  • Building Envelope: Spratt Emanuel Engineering Ltd.
  • Mechanica And Sustainability: Cobalt Engineering (formerly VEL Engineering)
  • Client: University of British Columbia
  • Electrical: Stantec Consulting Ltd.
  • Laboratory: Maples Argo Architects
  • Code: Gage-Babcock & Associates
  • Construction Manager: Bird Construction
  • Model Makers: Oliver Birett, Anike Duffner, Gregory Graemiger, Julianne Heinrich, Craig Simms, Christian Schulte, Jan Rasche, Tokimi Ota
  • Area: 11500.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 0
  • Photographs: James Dow

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Beaty Biodiversity Centre - Aquatic Ecosystems Research Labor​atory / Patkau Architects

  • Architects: Patkau Architects
  • Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • Project Team: Greg Boothroyd, Michael Cunningham, Joanne Gates, Samantha Hayes, Maureen Kwong, Thomas Lee, Davis Marques, Patrick O'Sullivan, John Patkau, Patricia Patkau, David Shone
  • Model Makers: Oliver Birett, Anike Duffner, Gregory Graemiger, Julianne Heinrich, Craig Simms, Christian Schulte, Jan Rasche, Tokimi Ota
  • Photographs: James Dow 

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Winnipeg Skating Shelters / Patkau Architects

  • Architects: Patkau Architects
  • Location: Winnipeg, MB, Canada
  • Architects: Patkau Architects
  • Project Team: Tyler Brown, Matthew Bunza, James Eidse, John Patkau, Patricia Patkau, Thomas Schroeder, Luke Stern, Peter Suter
  • Structural Advisor: Annalisa Meyboom
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: James Dow

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In Progress: Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport / Patkau Architects and MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects

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© Luxigon

Patkau Architects and MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects, in joint venture, were selected as the winner of the international design competition to design the new sports complex for the University of Toronto containing Field House, Strength & Conditioning Centre, Sports Clinic and Research, Student Facilities.  Design development and programming is underway, with anticipated project completion by 2015. Architects: Patkau Architects and MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects in joint venture Location: Toronto, Canada Expected Completion: 2015 Renderings: Luxigon

Winnipeg Library Addition / Patkau Architects + LM Architectural Group

  • Architects: Patkau Architects, LM Architectural Group
  • Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
  • Architects: Patkau Architects and LM Architectural Group
  • Project Team: Samantha Hayes, Maureen Kwong, Hector Lo, Imke Maron, Tokimi Ota, John Patkau, Patricia Patkau, Christian Schulte, Craig Simms, Yong Sun, Peter Suter (Patkau Architects), David Kressock, Ken Duchnycz, Andrew Brimble, Greg Tomaszewski, Lloyd Mymko, Brent Mehyden, Robert Winslow, Ron Kinash (LM Architectural Group)
  • Structural Engineering: Crosier Kilgour & Partners Ltd.
  • Mechanical Engineering: SMS Engineering Ltd.
  • Electrical Engineering: MCW/AGE Consulting Professional Engineers
  • Landscape Architecture: Hilderman Thomas Frank Cram
  • Signage: Gallop/Varley
  • Code: Gage-Babcock and Associates Ltd.
  • Acoustic: Daniel Lyzun Associates
  • Contractor: Manshield Construction
  • Owner: City of Winnipeg Library Services, City of Winnipeg Planning, Property, and Development Department
  • Area: 115000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2005
  • Photographs: James Dow

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Gleneagles Community Center / Patkau Architects

  • Architects: Patkau Architects
  • Location: West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • Architects: Patkau Architects
  • Project Team: Omer Arbel, Greg Boothroyd, Joanne Gates, Samantha Hayes, Patrick O’Sullivan, John Patkau, Patricia Patkau, David Shone, Craig Simms
  • Project Manager:  Maurice J. Ouellette Consulting
  • Landscape Architect: Vaughan Landscape Planning & Design
  • Structural Engineering: Fast & Epp Structural Engineers
  • Mechanical And Electrical Engineering: Earth Tech Canada Inc.
  • Civil Engineering: Webster Engineering Ltd
  • Specifications Consultant: Susan Morris Specifications
  • Signage Consultant: Gallop/Varley
  • Client: Corporation of the District of West Vancouver
  • Code Consultant: Gage-Babcock & Associates
  • Audiovisual Consultant: McSquared System Design Group
  • Contractor: Country West Construction Ltd.

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