AD Round Up: Canadian Architecture to Be Thankful For

The Crystal, extension to the Royal Ontario Museum by Studio Daniel Libeskind. Image © Andrew Rowat

Today marks Canadian Thanksgiving, and to celebrate the occasion we’ve rounded up some of Canada’s best architecture. Our five selections represent five Canadian cities, each with a unique architectural sensibility. We begin in Toronto with the Royal Ontario Museum addition by Studio Daniel Libeskind, a striking intervention using prisms of glass and steel fused to a 102-year-old museum structure; next we go to Montréal for Habitat 67 by Moshe Safdie, an interlocking modular housing project designed for the World Exposition of 1967; to Calgary for Santiago Calatrava‘s understated Peace Bridge, a stunning glass-encased red lightning bolt spanning the city’s widest waterway; then to Winnipeg‘s Old Market Square Stage by emerging firm 5468796 Architecture, a chameleonic performance space wrapped by a mesh curtain of steel cubes; and finally to the outskirts of Vancouver for the Richmond Olympic Oval, a masterpiece of engineering and the centre of attention during the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. Enjoy, eh.

© Gordon Hawes Via The Mac Photographic Archive
© Gordon Hawes Via The Mac Photographic Archive

Glasgow School of Art Begins Search for Restoration Architect

To repair the damage caused by May’s devastating fire, the Glasgow School of Art is searching for a team to carry out the restoration of Charles Rennie Mackintosh‘s celebrated building. Following the overwhelming public support for restoration instead of a contemporary reinterpretation, the selected team will be required to return the building to its original condition over a predicted construction period of five years. More on the restoration after the break.

Fondation Louis Vuitton / Gehry Partners

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Architects: Gehry Partners
Location: Bois de Boulogne, 75016 ,
Design Partner: Frank Gehry
Area: 11700.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Iwan Baan, Todd Eberle

Li Xiaodong Wins The Inaugural Moriyama RAIC International Prize

The Liyuan Library. Image Courtesy of RAIC / Studio

The Royal Architecture Institute of Canada (RAIC) have announced that Li Xiaodong has been awarded the inaugural Moriyama International Prize, named after esteemed Canadian architect Raymond Moriyama. The prize, which comes with a monetary value of CAD$100,000, has been established to recognise buildings that are judged to be “transformative, inspired as well as inspiring, and emblematic of the human values of respect and inclusiveness.”

The jury deliberated projects submitted from nine countries: , China, France, Germany, Israel, Japan, South Korea, the United Kingdom and Tajikistan. According to the citation, the jury was “impressed by the breadth of international interest in the prize and encouraged by the high level of engagement with the aims and objectives of the program revealed in the submissions.” The prize is open to all architects irrespective of nationality and location and seeks to recognise a single work of architecture (as opposed to a life’s work), celebrating buildings in use.

Denim R & D / Zemberek Design Office

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Architects: Zemberek Design Office
Location: Güneşli Kavşağı, 34200 /Istanbul Province,
Design Team: Başak Emrence, Şafak Emrence, Ece Ilgın Avcı
Area: 250.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Şafak Emrence

CASA SOL / atelier data

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Architects: atelier data
Location: Vilamoura, 8125-507 , Portugal
Architect In Charge: Filipe Vogt Rodrigues, Inês Maia Vicente, Marta Mateus Frazão
Design Team: Filipe Rodrigues, Inês Vicente, Marta Frazão, Emmanuel Novo
Area: 314.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Mercês Tomaz Gomes

Nanjing Wanjing Garden Chapel / AZL Architects

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Architects: AZL Architects
Location: Nanjing, Jiangsu,
Area: 200.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Yao Li

Competition Entry: OYO’s Kortrijk Campus Scheme Awarded Second Prize

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OYO – Open Y Office, together with Arch&Teco, has received second prize among nine participants in an invited competition for a new Howest campus building in .

“We envision this new campus as an interactive field where we catch the classrooms in the middle; conceived as areas of focus. This field contains lecture rooms, informal meeting spaces, restaurant, bar, shop and lounge areas and wraps around the area of focus; connecting the park all the way up to the roof garden where students, teachers, alumni, companies and neighbors are invited to shop and exchange knowledge.”

Video: Raul Pantaleo Discusses the Port Sudan Paediatric Centre

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In this video, Raul Pantaleo, co-founder of Italian practice Studio Tamassociati, discusses the award-winning Port Sudan Paediatric Centre, which recently won first prize in the Zumtobel Group Award’s Buildings category. The remote clinic was commissioned by the NGO “Emergency” and is one of the few facilities to provide free care for children in the region.

Petronas Towers . Image Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Petronas Towers . Image Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Spotlight: César Pelli

“[Architecture can be defined as] giving an appropriate response and an adequate artistic interpretation of the problems that are faced in each project.”

Argentine architect César Pelli (born October 12, 1926) is known for designing some of the tallest buildings in the world, including the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, the Torre Cristal in Madrid and Costanera Center in Santiago, Chile.

Two Barns House / RS+

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Architects: RS+
Location: , Poland
Architects In Charge: Robert Skitek, Szymon Borczyk
Area: 251.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Tomasz Zakrzewski

DEFACED Makes a Stand Against Controversial Demolition of NYC Graffiti Mecca

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Upon the announcement of the imminent demolition of 5 Pointz, the internationally renown mecca in Long Island City, New York, a group of young designers - Arianna Armelli, Ishaan Kumar, David Sepulveda and Wagdy Moussa – joined together to form DEFACED, “a theoretical project designed to ask the question of whether an organization for the preservation of cultural relics of New York and cities around the world can be formed and implemented.” The group focuses on the of New York City’s cityscape and its accompanying sociopolitical issues, along with the protection of cultural landmarks and districts around the world.

The Latest 99% Invisible: Hundertwasser and His Fight Against the Godless Line

Hot Springs Village, Bad Blumau, Styria, Austria. Image © Flickr CC User Enrico Carcasci

In the latest episode of his 99% Invisible podcast, Roman Mars digs into the work of lesser-known architect Tausendsassa Friedensreich Regentag Dunkelbunt Hundertwasser. Often cited for his colorful and curvilinear forms, his name translates to “Multi-Talented Peace-Filled Rainy Day Dark-Colored Hundred Waters.” In everything from his name to his unusual ideas put forth in manifestos, it is immediately evident that Hundertwasser was no ordinary architect. Listen to the podcast and check out some of Hundertwasser’s works after the break.

Covering of the Courtyard Carré des Arts in Mons / AgwA + Ney & Partners

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Architects: AgwA, Ney & Partners
Location: Rue des Soeurs Noires 4, 7000 , Belgium
Area: 3570.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Marie-Françoise Plissart

The Atheneum, New Harmony, Indiana. Image © Scott Frances, Courtesy of Richard Meier & Partners
The Atheneum, New Harmony, Indiana. Image © Scott Frances, Courtesy of Richard Meier & Partners

Spotlight: Richard Meier

Richard Meier, the Pritzker Prize and AIA Gold Medal winning architect, is well known for his abstracted, often white, buildings and unrelenting personal design philosophy. Citing Bernini and Borromini as influences as well as Le Corbusier and Louis Kahn, Meier received his Bachelor in Architecture from Cornell University in 1957 and took jobs with Skidmore Owings and Merrill and Marcel Breuer soon after his graduation. He began his own private practice in New York in 1963 and rocketed to architectural fame in the early 1970s, after being named as one of the “New York Five.”

Women in the Workplace: How Does Architecture Compare?

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How do architects stack up against other professions on male/female ratio? Recent data on workers in the United States reveals some compelling information on where women are working – and where men hold sway. Construction work leans heavily male, while research and analyst work is led by women. Where does architecture fit on the scale? See the full infographic showing the percentage of men versus women in architecture after the break.

Paradox House / Klab Architecture

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Architects: Klab Architecture
Location: AIT – Information Technology, , Athens 190 02, Greece
Architect In Charge: Konstantinos Labrinopoulos
Design Team: Enrique Ramírez, Veronika Vasileiou, Nikos Venianakis, Mark Chapman, Elena Skorda
Area: 250.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Panos Kokkinias

Extension and Restructuration Of Castries’ Middle School / MDR Architectes

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Architects: MDR Architectes
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Sancie MATTE, Frédéric DEVAUX, Arnaud ROUSSEAU, Frédéric GANICHOT assistant
Area: 5285.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Mathieu DUCROS