The Warming Huts competition called for a collaboration between artists, architects and designers to put forward ideas for shelter and to be constructed along the Assiniboine River in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Noa Biran and Roy Talman submitted the Woodpile, an interactive and practical shelter, that responds to both the needs required by the climate and its users.
More on this project after the break.
Winnipeg Centennial Library was originally constructed in 1976 as a three-story building occupying a city block and an adjacent public park. The existing library, constructed of reinforced concrete exposed to the interior and pre-cast panel exterior, felt very disconnected from its surroundings including the park. The addition to the library, which began in 2002 as the winning entry in an invited design competition, includes reorganization and expansion of the collections, reconfiguration of the circulation systems, and creation of new social spaces, as well as renovation of the existing library.
The Winnipeg Library Addition received a Lieutenant-Governor of BC Medal and
Canadian Architect Award of Excellence. Follow the break for more photographs and drawings.
Architects: Patkau Architects and LM Architectural Group
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
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
Code: Gage-Babcock and Associates Ltd.
Acoustic: Daniel Lyzun Associates
Media: McSquared System Design Group, Inc.
Contractor: Manshield Construction
Owner: City of Winnipeg Library Services, City of Winnipeg Planning, Property, and Development Department
Project Area: 115,000 sqf (renovation) 45,000 sqf (addition)
Project Year: 2005
Photographs: James Dow
The Gleneagles Community Center is located on a small, gently sloping site adjacent to a public golf course. Patkau Architects organized the program on three levels to minimize the building footprint. By subtly reshaping the cross-sectional topography of the site, the lower level and the intermediate level are both located on grade. More photographs and drawings following the break.
Architects: Patkau Architects
Location: West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Client: Corporation of the District of West Vancouver
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
Code Consultant: Gage-Babcock & Associates
Specifications Consultant: Susan Morris Specifications
Audiovisual Consultant: McSquared System Design Group
Signage Consultant: Gallop/Varley
Contractor: Country West Construction Ltd.
Photographs: James Dow
The International Garden Festival at Les Jardins de Métis/Reford Gardens presents temporary gardens at the cutting edge of garden design, landscape, architecture, design and environmental art. This year’s theme for design was “Secret Gardens.” First launched in 2000, the International Garden Festival is host to innovative ideas and has presented over 80 gardens by more than 200 designers from fifteen countries and has attracted more than 800,000 visitors. This showcase of a wide range of projects has featured budding designers from a range of different fields. Out of a total 194 proposals submitted by over 500 architects, landscape architects, designers and artists from three countries, the jury selected the following three designs.
After the break, images from 2011′s three selections of “Secret Gardens” from The International Garden Festival.
Architects: nkA (Nelson Kwong Architect)
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Architect team: Nelson Kwong, Neal Prabhu, Leroy Shum, Eline Lu
Collaborators: Red Box Design – Branding, Signage, Packaging Design, Graphics(Amy Czettisch, Tatjana Green)
Project area: 2,600 sq. ft.
Project year: 2010
Photographs: Abel Gill
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of its founding in Quebec City, the University Laval School of Architecture is hosting an ideas competition for an «emblematic addition» to its heritage building. Situated within the fortification walls of Quebec City, the School of Architecture reflects on building for the future while immersed in a city rich in layers of the past.
This competition, open to practitioners, faculty, students and intern architects, provides an opportunity to reflect upon a universal problematic: how to build the city of tomorrow in the complex urban fabric of the past.
For all the information, schedule and documents please visit the competition’s official website.
The extension of the Mother house of the Sisters of Charity of the Sacred Heard of Jesus in Sherbrooke is 56,680 sqf and includes a 54-room health care unit with all the attached services, a kitchen to serve 200 people, a physiotherapy room, a library, maintenance workshops and an inner courtyard designed with a garden. More photographs, drawings, and sketches of this project following the break.
Architects: ACDF* Architecture
Location: Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada
Project Manager: Sylvain Allaire
Design Manager: Maxime-Alexis Frappier
Team: Guy Courchesne, Benoit Dupuis, Lise Parenteau, Laure Giordani, Marie-Eve Barnabé, Robert Dequoy, Jacques Deslandes, Mathieu St-Hilaire, Martin Houle, Denis Lavigne, Suzanne Mondorn, Joan Renaud and Gabriel Villeneuve
Structure: CIMA +
Mechanics & Electricity: Teknika HBA
Landscape Design: CIMA + and NIP paysage
Project Area: 56,680 sqf
Photographs: Marc Cramer
The Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS) at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver is on track to open in the summer of 2011. CIRS aims to be the most innovative and high performance building in North America, a “living laboratory” where professors, students and partners demonstrate leading-edge research and develop sustainable design practices, products, systems and policies. The building will push the frontiers of sustainable construction materials and building techniques. It will draw much of its heat from the ground, electricity from the sun, ventilation from the wind, water from the rain–all while reducing the university’s energy use and carbon footprint.
UBC has set some of the most aggressive GHG reduction targets in the world, with the goal of eliminating 100% of GHG emissions by 2050. The UBC Sustainability Initiative (USI), the group responsible for integrating sustainability research, teaching and learning, and operations, will be housed in CIRS.
For more information, visit CIRS official website.
Architectural competition Griffintown Interrupted seeks to revive Montreal’s oldest industrial neighbourhood and has attracted submissions from over 40 teams around the world. Architects and designers from 10 countries have come forward to propose innovative, temporary structures for one of Montreal’s most hotly debated neighbourhoods.
A public vote on the shortlisted proposals is currently underway, closing on Friday, December 10, 2010. Please join the discussion by voting for and commenting on your favourite proposals for Griffintown. You can vote clicking here!
ACDF* has shared with us their design for the new library at Saint-Eustache, which is north of Montréal, Canada. The library is founded on the notion of creating a contemporary project that also shares a story that reveals the historic value of its site. The project symbolizes the reconciliation between the urban form of the Saint-Eustache as it is today, and the history of the riverside site. The concept for the project further integrates fundamental ecologically responsible principles which focus on building compactness, energy economy, and the use of high quality, sustainable materials ensuring the permanence of the project. More images and architect’s description after the break.
The John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at the University of Toronto is collaborating with the Design Exchange to present the Daniels / DX FORA: a series of moderated debates focusing on new ideas, design practices and designers who are working at the intersection of Architecture, Media, Science, Politics and Urbanism in various international arenas. Following upon the success of the first fora, The Ends of Design, which was filled to capacity and featured Toronto luminaries Bruce Kuwabara and Bruce Mau, the second fora will take place Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010.
Breaking the Surface will explore the new science and aesthetic of the architectural surface, especially in regard to how the study of biomimetic form and the parametric turn in design are informing new modes of design and construction. The panelists include Cecil Balmond, an architect and designer, hailed by London’s Guardian as “one of the most important forces in contemporary architecture today,”; Professor Harry Ruda, a “surface” breaking scientist and Director of U of T’s Centre for Advanced Nanotechnology; and Nader Tehrani of Office dA, one of the designers of the new Daniels Faculty expansion and the head of MIT’s Architecture Department. This thought-provoking discussion will be moderated by Dean Richard Sommer.
For more information, click here.
Architects: Teeple Architects
Location: Toronto, Canada
Principal in Charge: Stephen Teeple
Project Manager: Chris Radigan
Project Architects: Richard Lai (OAA), William Elsworthy
Structural Engineer: CPE Structural Consultants Limited
Mechanical Engineer: Jain & Associates
Electrical Engineer: Jain & Associates
Shoring Engineer: Tarra Engineering Inc.
Geo-Environmental Engineer: Toronto Inspection Ltd.
LEED Consultant: Enermodal Engineering Ltd.
Landscape: NAK Design Group
Acoustical Consultant: Aercoustics Engineering Ltd.
Food Service & Waste: Cini-Little International Inc.
Specification: DGS Consulting Services
Project Area: 99,565 sq ft
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Shai Gil Photography