re:CONNECT open ideas competition invites the citizens of Vancouver, to join with local and international designers to ignite discussion and dream new possibilities for the future of the Viaducts and the City’s broader Eastern Core. The utility and necessity of the Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts has been an issue of polarized debate since they were reconstructed in their present form in the late 1960s. As the first piece of a larger freeway system that was planned but never realized, they stand as a symbol of an era of city-building that thankfully never more-fully materialized.
The future of the viaducts should be contemplated in the context of the broader Eastern Core of our city, which includes the strategically important industrial lands of the False Creek Flats. How we connect the downtown and Eastern Core is crucial to how our city functions and its economic future. More information on the competition after the break.
Architects: Briére, Gilbert + Associés
Location: Québec, Canada
Project Team: Émile Gilbert (Architect), Martin Brière (Architect), Melinda Hart (Architect)
Associates in Charge: Émile Gilbert, Architect, Martin Brière, Architect
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 550 sqm
Photographs: Guy Tessier & Christian Perreault
On view at the CCA (Canadian Centre for Architecture) from 22 September to 8 January 2012, Modernism in Miniature: Points of View explores the encounter between photography and architectural model-making between c.1920 -1960.
Curated by Davide Deriu, Senior Lecturer in Architecture at the University of Westminster, London, the exhibition focuses on model photography as a distinctive genre. It proposes an inextricable link with the so-called ‘model boom’ and the explosion of mass media, where miniatures reached out to a wide public and, in some cases, acquired a cult status that has endured to this day. More information on the event after the break.
Flashback: One of Archdaily’s goals is to bring you up to date information about projects that are being designed and constructed around the world. We’ve created a new category to cover inspiring projects that were constructed between the 1990′s and the early 2000′s.
Architects: Taylor Smyth Architects
Location: Ontario, Canada
Partner in Charge: Michael Taylor
Project Team: Mike Lafreniere
Project Year: 2004
Project Area: 275 sqf
Photographs: Ben Rahn/A-Frame Inc.
Architect Paul Laurendeau shared with us his competition proposal for the Saint-Michel Soccer Stadium in Montréal, Québec, Canada. Playing on the contrast between black exterior and wood interior, the stadium’s simple form makes it stand out from its context. More images and brief project description after the break.
USA Today has put together a list of city neighborhoods which are satiated with activity, areas which offer a “great slice of urban life.” These districts trend from the urban vicinity to its very core, each in itself exemplifying the revitalization of the American city. The list includes regions which have been influenced by deliberate urban revitalization projects, such as High Line Park in Chelsea; while other neighborhoods have experienced an influx of a younger populace which has contributed to its growth, such as Lawrenceville in Pittsburgh.
See the 10 Up and Coming Urban Neighborhoods after the break.
Among the exhibition highlights this coming fall at the CCA (Canadian Centre for Architecture) is Imperfect Health, which premieres on October 25th, 2011 and will be on view until April 1st, 2012.
Imperfect Health, the latest in a series of thematic investigations produced by the CCA, examines how architects, urban and landscape designers are critically responding to society’s increasing concern with health issues. Presented in the main galleries of the CCA, the exhibition is curated by Giovanna Borasi, CCA Curator of Contemporary Architecture and Mirko Zardini, CCA Director and Chief Curator. More information on the events after the break.
Sid Lee Architecture was asked to create the architectural designs for Bota Bota, spa-sur-l’eau, a modern twist on the traditional urban spa. This ambitious project, led by the Émond family—also owners of Balnea spa, located in Bromont-sur-le-Lac—is now up and running, following a whirlwind two-year adventure. Located at the foot of rue McGill in the Old Port of Montreal, Bota Bota is the new name given to a ferryboat that used to link Sorel and Berthier in the 1950s and that’s been renovated into a floating Scandinavian spa. The boat’s architecture, redesign and visual identity are the fruit of a collaborative effort between Sid Lee Architecture and Sid Lee.
Architect: Sid Lee Architecture
Location: 358 de la Commune West, Quays of the Old Port of Montreal, Canada
Naval engineering: Raymond Daoust
Structural engineering: Anand Swaminadhan enr.
Mechanical engineering: Blondin Fortin
General contractor: Mikado Construction
Graphics and signage: Sid Lee
Project Area: 3150 sqm
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Stephane Brugger and Sid Lee Architecture
The new Rennie Art Gallery and Office project is a quiet, modern insertion within an extensive heritage revitalization of a pair of masonry buildings in Vancouver’s Chinatown. The project combines a 6-story tall laneway brick building with a 3-story street-front brick building dating to the late 1880’s.
Architect: Walter Francl Architects with mgb
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Project Architect: Walter Francl Architects: Walter Francl, MAIBC Project Architect; Scott Mitchell, MAIBC; Mark Ashby, MAIBC; Vince Knudsen, IA; Hazen Sise, MAIBC
Interior Architect: mcfarlane | green | biggar Architecture + Design Inc (mgb): Michelle Biggar, BBE Interior Design, Principal; Michael Green, MAIBC AIA AAA MRAIC, Principal; Steve McFarlane, MAIBC AAA MRAIC LEED® AP, Principal; Susan Scott, Associate; Tracey Mactavish, MAIBC, MRAIC. LEED® AP, Associate
Landscape Architect: Jonathan Losee Ltd.
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Nic Lehoux
The new Surrey City Centre Library, designed by Vancouver-based Bing Thom Architects (BTA), is set to open on September 24, 2011. This new building marks the next phase of a major civic investment in the area that will continue the transformation of downtown Surrey, from sprawling suburb to the Region’s next great downtown, which began with BTA’s Central City project. Creating dynamic environments that look to the future of Surrey is nothing new to BTA. Nearly a decade ago, the firm designed the incredibly vibrant Central City, which sits down the street from the new Surrey Library. The architectural and social innovation evident at Central City—a fusion of office space, a shopping center and a university—is further exemplified in BTA’s library design.
Architect: Bing Thom Architects Inc.
Location: 10350 University Drive, Surrey, British Columbia, Canada
Project Team: Bing Thom, Michael Heeney, Venelin Kokalov, Ling Meng, Francis Yan, John Camfield, Shinobu Homma, Robert Sandilands, Marcos Hui, Lisa Potopsingh, Harald Merk, Berit Wooge, Dan Du, Michael Motlagh, Nicole Hu
Landscape Architect: Phillips Farevaag Smallenberg
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 82,000 sqf
Photographs: Courtesy of Bing Thom Architects
The clients of this home were looking for a house that would eventually become their fulltime residence but could also serve as a getaway, vacation and gathering place in the interim.
Architects: Balance Associates Architects
Project Location: Cortes Island, British Columbia, Canada
Project Team: Tom Lenchek AIA, Principal; Kyle Zerby AIA, Project Architect
Structural Engineers: Quantum Consulting Engineers
General Contractor: Jean Fontaine
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 1,850 sqf
Photographs: Steve Keating Photography
The Hamilton Farmers’ Market and Central Public Library / RDH Architects with David Premi Architects
The Hamilton Farmers’ Market and Public Library project is a major renovation and addition to an existing facility located in the city of Hamilton. The existing building is located on the south side of york boulevard at a key entry point to downtown Hamilton. York Boulevard is a major one way, east / west artery which traverses the downtown core and the city.
Architect: RDH Architects Inc. with David Premi Architects
Location: 55 York Boulevard, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Project Team: RDH Team: Bob Goyeche, Partner; Tyler Sharp, Associate, project designer; Scott Waugh, Bunty Sambhi, Cara McGibbon; David Premi Architects Team: David Premi, Partner; Sam Garagello, Magdalena Kieslowski
Structural Engineer: Group Eight Engineering Ltd.
Mechanical / Electrical Engineering: Group Eight Engineering Ltd.
Contractor: Kemp Construction
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of RDH Architects
Competition Finalist for the Tripode, Amphithéâtre de Tois-Rivières / Sid Lee Architecture and Régis Côté et associés
The purpose of this architecture contest is to “equip the city of Trois-Rivières with an open-air amphitheater capable of seating 10,000.” Trois-Rivières is a small Canadian city (population 130,407) once known as the pulp and paper industry capital of the world. Located halfway between Montreal and Quebec City, Trois-Rivières was looking to build its own venue for hosting high-volume summer festivals and internationally renowned bands, and housing its symphony orchestra during the summer. “In the early 2000s, the city of Trois-Rivières began work on a re-qualification project. The site in question (a former paper mill) is situated along the St. Lawrence River, adjacent to the harbourfront park, the city centre, the St. Lawrence River and St. Quentin Island (for outdoor activities). Such a location calls for an extraordinary construction,” explains Philippe Drolet, architect, in an excerpt from the contest catalogue. For the first phase of the contest, Sid Lee Architecture and Régis Côté et Associés banked on the project’s historical roots and awed the jury with a vision that reflects the site’s industrial past. Their competition entry was awarded as a finalist.
Architects: asensio_mah / Leire Asensio Villoria, David Syn Chee Mah
Location: Quebec, Canada
Students: Harvard Graduate School of Design / Somkiet Chokvijtkul, Daekwon Park, Benjamin Winters, Yuan Zhan, Fred Chung, Troy Vaughn, Lisl Kotheimer, Day Jimenez, Mariela Alvarez, Benjamin Tew, Victor Perezamado
Collaborators: Adams Kara Taylor Engineering (Structure), Bryophyta Technologies / Suzanne Campeau (Moss)
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: asensio_mah, Martin Bond
Block 24E combines residential building forms of different heights with street-related retail bases to activate the southern portion of Spadina Avenue, one of Toronto’s most important north-south arterials. It anchors the CityPlace development as it transitions from east to west and forms a gateway on Spadina to create a more inviting pedestrian experience. Beyond activating the precinct, its formal silhouette will make a significant statement in support of the Mayor’s and the City of Toronto’s agenda to create a City Beautiful.