Warburg House / bioi

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Architects: bioi – Jordan Allen, Ryan Trefz
Location: Warburg, Alberta,
Completed: 2012
Client: N. Bannerman / L. Jehn
Project Area: 748 sq.ft. (69.5 sq.m.)
Engineers: Rob Marriott [Structure], VerdaTech [Services]
Photographs: Alison Andersen,  

 

DjavadMowafaghian Centre for Brain Health / Stantec

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Stantec’s design for the DjavafMowafaghian Centre for Brain Health at UBC, in Vancouver, in Canada is envisioned as a translational research facility defined by present and future medical practices that collaborate under research and patient care.  To achieve this, designers considered the intersections within the spatial dynamics of the facility to coordinate interactions between researchers and clinicians. The facility is 134,500 square feet and includes exam / consultation rooms, lab benches, a full conference centre, a brain tissue and DNA bank of samples collected from consenting patients, and patient and animal MRI capabilities.

More after the break.

‘Très Grande Bibliothèque (Very Big Library)’ Exhibition

. Conceptual drawing of the façade of the Very Library. 1989 © Office for Metropolitan Architecture ()

On view now until September 9, the ‘Très Grande Bibliothèque (Very Big Library)’ Exhibition at the Canadian Center for Architecture (CCA) presents materials produced by OMA, in response to an international competition launched by France’s then president, Francois Mitterrand, in 1989 to design the new bibliotheque nationale de France. Curated by Rem Koolhaas and Clement Blanchet of OMA, the concept of their proposal resided in the notion of the library spaces being excavated as voids from a ‘solid cube’ containing the archives. The concept offered great architectural freedom, with the public spaces (or voids) being liberated from the constraints of a predeterminded structure or form. More information on the exhibition after the break.

Mohawk College / Zeidler Partnership Architectschitects

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Architects: Zeidler Partnership Architects
Location: Hamilton, , Canada
Area: 48,500 square feet
Construction Cost: $12 million
Completion Date: January 2011
Photographs: Tom Arban

   

The Weston Family Learning Centre / Hariri Pontari Architects

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Architects: Hariri Pontari Architects
Location: Toronto, , Canada
Client: Art Gallery of Ontario
Built Area: 3,250 sqm
Completion: 2011
Photographs: Tom Arban, Lisa Logan 

Tower Studio / Saunders Architecture

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Architect: Saunders Architecture
Location: , Newfoundland, Canada
Client: Shorefast Foundation and the Fogo Island Arts Corporation
Team Architects: Attila Béres, Ryan Jørgensen, Ken Beheim-Schwarzbach, Nick Herder, Rubén Sáez López, Soizic Bernard, Colin Hertberger, Christina Mayer, Olivier Bourgeois, Pål Storsveen, Zdenek Dohnalek
Associate Architect: Sheppard Case Architects Inc. (Long Studio)
Size: 130 sqm
Completion: 2011
Photographer: Bent René Synnevåg

Squish Studio / Saunders Architecture

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Architects: Saunders Architecture
Location: , Newfoundland,
Client: Shorefast Foundation and the Fogo Island Arts Corporation
Team Architects: Attila Béres, Ryan Jørgensen, Ken Beheim Schwarzbach, Nick Herder, Rubén Sáez López, Soizic Bernard, Colin Hertberger, Christina Mayer, Olivier Bourgeois, Pål Storsveen, Zdenek Dohnalek
Associate Architect: Sheppard Case Architects Inc. (Long Studio)
Size: 130 sqm
Completion: 2011
Photographer: Bent René Synnevåg

Bridge Studio / Saunders Architecture

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Architects: Saunders Architecture
Location: , Newfoundland,
Client: Shorefast Foundation and the Fogo Island Arts Corporation
Team Architects: Attila Béres, Ryan Jørgensen, Ken Beheim-Schwarzbach, Nick Herder, Rubén Sáez López, Soizic Bernard, Colin Hertberger, Christina Mayer, Olivier Bourgeois, Pål Storsveen, Zdenek Dohnalek
Associate Architect: Sheppard Case Architects Inc. (Long Studio)
Size: 130 sqm
Status: Finished 2011
Photographs: Bent René Synnevåg

Whistler Residence / BattersbyHowat Architects

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Architects: BattersbyHowat Architects
Location: Whistler, British Columbia,
Site Area: 1,050 sqm
Building Area: 540 sqm
Completion: 2010
Project Team: David Battersby, Heather Howat, Tillie Kwan
Structural Consultant: Equilibrium Consulting
Envelope Consultant: JRS Engineering Ltd.
Contractor: Need Brophy Services Ltd.
Photographs: Sama Jim Canzian

  

Beach and Howe Mixed-Use Tower / BIG

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Contributing to the skyline, the 490-foot-tall Beach and Howe mixed-use tower by BIG, Westbank, Dialog, Cobalt, PFS, Buro Happold, Glotman Simpson, and local architect James Cheng marks the entry point to downtown, forming a welcoming gateway to the city, while adding another unique structure. BIG’s proposal, named after its location on the corner of Howe & Beach next to the Granville Street Bridge in downtown Vancouver, calls for 600 residential units occupying the 49-story tower, which would become one of the city’s fourth tallest buildings. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Architect Álvaro Siza Lecture at the CCA

© Álvaro Siza - Sketch from notebook #399, Macchu Picchu, Peru. 1995

Coinciding with the exhibition Alturas de Macchu Picchu: Martín Chambi – Álvaro Siza at work on view at the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) for an extended run until 29 April 2012, Pritzker prize-winning architect Álvaro Siza will give a not-to-be-missed lecture on Thursday 26 April 2012 at 7 pm at the CCA. The event is a rare opportunity to hear the preeminent architect speak in person. Siza’s lecture discusses his design development of the Iberê Camargo Museum in Porto Alegre, Brazil, completed in 2008 and noted for its sculptural volumes and tight integration with a coastal escarpment. As with all of Siza’s projects, hand sketches play a key role in the design process, from massing studies to fine-tuning details. For more information, please visit here.

The Atrium / D’Ambrosio Architecture & Urbanism

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Architects: D’Ambrosio Architecture & Urbanism
Location: , BC, Canada
Client: Jawl Investment Corp.
Completion: 2011
Structural Engineer: Stantec Consulting
Civil and Mechinal Engineer: Genivar Consultants Ltd
Electrical Consultant: Applied Engineering Solutions Inc.
Acoustic Engineer: Wakefield Acoustics Ltd.
Landscape Architect: Murdoch DeGreeff Inc.
Photographs: Sama J.Canzian

Quinte West YMCA / Architects Tillmann Ruth Robinson

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Architect: Architects Tillmann Ruth Robinson
Location: Quinte West,
Principal-in-Charge: Scott Robinson
Design Architect: Scott Robinson
Collaborators: Smith and Andersen Consulting Mechanical Engineers
Client: Ron Riddell General Manager
Completion: May 2009
Project Size: 49,920 sq.ft.
Final Cost: $ 11,000,000
Photographs: Shai Gil

Shaw House / Patkau Architects

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

   

Video: The Story behind MAD Architects Absolute Towers

The curvaceous Absolute Towers of Mississauga, a suburb located in the Greater Area, is a residential landmark many of you may be familiar with. Also known as the Marilyn Monroe Towers, the 56-story condominium tower serves as a gateway into the city and is known for its unique curves that correspond to the surrounding scenery. Residents are offered 360-degree views with continuous balconies that wrap the entire building, eliminating vertical barriers that are typically seen in conventional high rise architecture.

Absolute Towers were the first international win (2006) for the Beijing-based MAD Architects. First seen on Design Intelligence, this video shares with you the entire story behind this project. Want more? Follow these links to check out the towers in progress and more photos of them nearing completion back in June of 2011.

Beaty Biodiversity Center and Aquatic Ecosystems Research Laboratory / Patkau Architects

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The Beaty Biodiversity Center and the Aquatic Ecosystems Research Laboratory are located on Main Mall, the central north/south spine of the University of British Columbia. Together they form a complex of related environmental science functions; a new campus precinct organized around a generous exterior courtyard space which is bisected by new cross-campus pedestrian and bicycle connections.

The principal exhibition space of the museum located within the Beaty Biodiversity Center is a glass “lantern” featuring an enormous skeleton of a Blue Whale creating a public face for the complex towards the Mall.  Follow the break for drawings and photographs.

Architects: Patkau Architects
Location: , British Columbia,
Client: University of British Columbia
Project Year: 2002 – 2009
Photographs: James Dow

Curatorial Opportunities at the CCA 2012

Philippe Rahm. Interior Weather installation made for the CCA exhibition environ(ne)ment. 2006

The Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) is launching the 2012 program to stimulate curatorial opportunities for students and young professionals: the Young Curator Program and the Power Corporation of Curatorial Internships Program. The Young Curator Program offers the opportunity to propose and curate a project on the contemporary debate in architecture, urbanism, and landscape design, from exhibition in the octagonal gallery or online, publications, seminar, series of events and more, during a residency of 3 months at the CCA. The Power Corporation of Curatorial Internships Program encourages students and recent graduates in design disciplines, arts and humanities to become acquainted with the CCA’s collection, exhibition, and research programs through an internship of 6 to 9 months in Montréal.

The call for applications for both the Young Curator Program and the Power Corporation of Canada Curatorial Internships Program will remain open until 27 April, 2012, with the residency and internship beginning in fall 2012. For more information, please visit here.

Sault College Academic Building / Architects Tillmann Ruth Robinson

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Architects: Architects Tillmann Ruth Robinson – Scott Robinson
Location: 443 Northern Avenue, Sault Ste. Marie, ,
Completion: March 2011
Project Size: 75,000 sq. ft.
Cost: $21,000,00
Collaborators: Design build project with EPOH; associate architects and Ellis Don; construction firm
Client: Sault College Academic Building
Photographs: Shai Gil