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Art or Architecture? 13 Projects That Blur The Boundary

09:30 - 30 April, 2017
Art or Architecture? 13 Projects That Blur The Boundary

Whether architecture is a form of art or not has often been a controversial topic of conversation within the architecture world. If one goes by the general definition of the word "art," architecture could potentially fit within the umbrella term: "the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power." As anyone involved in the architectural discipline probably knows, there is an abundance of varying definitions of the word "architecture," so whether its primary purpose is to achieve beauty or to organize space is evidently up for discussion.

Ask Jay A. Pritzker, founder of the Pritzker Prize, and he may say that "architecture is intended to transcend the simple need for shelter and security by becoming an expression of artistry." Ask The Guardian's Jonathan Jones and he may tell you that "architecture is the art we all encounter most often, most intimately, yet precisely because it is functional and necessary to life, it's hard to be clear about where the 'art' in a building begins." But this ambiguity is part of what makes the field of architecture challenging and exciting. To celebrate this complicated aspect of architecture, below we have collected a list of just some of the works that could be seen as art, architecture or both, depending on who’s looking, to provide some context to those blurry boundaries.

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ARTlab / Patkau Architects + LM Architectural Group

09:00 - 25 May, 2016
ARTlab  / Patkau Architects  + LM Architectural Group , © Patkau Architects
© Patkau Architects

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Tula House / Patkau Architects

01:00 - 20 August, 2014
Tula House / Patkau Architects, © James Dow
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Strathcona, Canada
  • Design Team

    John Patkau, Patricia Patkau, and David Shone with Mike Green, Dimitri Koubatis, and Greg Boothroyd, James Eidse, Marc Holland, Tony Mah, Henry Murdock, Ben Raimes, Thomas Schroeder, Craig Simms, Tony Wai.
  • Area

    4350.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

Material Inspiration: 10 Projects Inspired by Wood

01:00 - 11 December, 2013
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...

Beaty Biodiversity Center and Aquatic Ecosystems Research Laboratory / Patkau Architects

01:00 - 11 April, 2012
Beaty Biodiversity Center and Aquatic Ecosystems Research Laboratory / Patkau Architects, © James Dow
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  • 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

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

01:00 - 13 February, 2012
Beaty Biodiversity Centre - Aquatic Ecosystems Research Labor​atory / Patkau Architects, © James Dow 
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  • 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

Linear House / Patkau Architects

01:00 - 7 June, 2011
Linear House / Patkau Architects, © James Dow
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Salt Spring Island, Canada
  • Architects

    Patkau Architects
  • Lead Designers

    John Patkau, Patricia Patkau, Peter Suter
  • Contractor

    Spratt Emanuel Engineering Ltd.
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs

Winnipeg Skating Shelters / Patkau Architects

01:00 - 17 May, 2011
Winnipeg Skating Shelters / Patkau Architects, © James Dow
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  • 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

Grand Library of Québec / Patkau Architects + Croft Pelletier + Menkès Shooner Dagenais architectes associés

01:00 - 9 January, 2011
Grand Library of Québec / Patkau Architects  + Croft Pelletier + Menkès Shooner Dagenais architectes associés, © Bernard Fougeres
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • Architects

    Patkau Architects in collaboration with Croft Pelletier and Menkès Shooner Dagenais architectes associés
  • Croft Pelletier Architectes Team

    Marie-Chantal Croft, Eric Pelletier, Jean Chrétien, Benoît Ruelland, Michel Thompson, Olivier Grenier, Cédéanne Simard, Rémi Hovington Jr.
  • Patkau Architects Team

    Laura Arpiainen, Greg Boothroyd, Stephan Chevalier, Michael Cunningham, Dominique Dumais, Michael Elkan, Samantha Hayes, John Patkau, Patricia Patkau, Peter Suter, Craig Simms, Nick Sully
  • Menkès Shooner Dagenais Team

    Yves Dagenais, Gaétan Roy, Stephan Chevalier, Yvon LaChance, Luc Doucet, Dominique Dumais, Catherine Bélanger, Guillaume Delorimier, Luc Montpetit, Mana Hemami, Andrea Macelwee, Alex Parmentier, Christine Giguère, Alain Boudrias, Harvens Piou
  • Consulting Architect

    Gilles Guité architecte
  • Architectural Support

    Jodoin Lamarre Pratte et Associés architectes
  • Structural Engineer

    Regroupement Nicolet Chartrand Knoll Limitée / Les Consultants Géniplus inc.
  • Mechanical / Electrical Engineer

    Regroupement Bouthillette & associés inc / Groupe HBA experts-conseils inc.
  • Lighting Consultants

    NBBJ
  • Theatre Consultant

    Scenoplus
  • Landscape Architects

    Scheme Consultants
  • Client

    Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec
  • Acoustic Consultant

    Legault Davidson
  • Elevator Consultant

    KJA inc.
  • Code Consultant

    Technorm inc.
  • Builder

    Hervé Pomerleau inc.
  • Area

    350.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2005
  • Photographs

Winnipeg Library Addition / Patkau Architects + LM Architectural Group

01:00 - 3 January, 2011
Winnipeg Library Addition / Patkau Architects + LM Architectural Group, © James Dow
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  • Architects

  • 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

Gleneagles Community Center / Patkau Architects

01:00 - 2 January, 2011
Gleneagles Community Center / Patkau Architects

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  • 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.