Naramata Residence / Frits de Vries Architect

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The site for this residence can be said to be in a transition zone, poised directly between the expansive horizon offered by Lake Okanagan, and the rugged mountainscape of the . True to the Okanagan landscape, the surrounding land is arid and filled with earthy undertones and worn rolling rockscapes. The Lake is almost like a vision of paradise amid this desert-like surroundings. Brilliant greens line the shore of the lake in direct contrast to the arid mountains beyond.

Architect: Frits de Vries Architect
Location: Kelly Valley, Canada
Photographs: Frits de Vries

The Gardiner Museum / KPMB Architects

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The Gardiner Museum is one of the world’s preeminent institutions devoted to ceramic art, and the only museum of its kind in Canada. It is also designated as one ’s cultural renaissance projects. The renewal project, together with the Royal Ontario Museum across the street and the Royal Conservatory of Music around the corner on Bloor Street West, will form a new cultural precinct for the city. The renewal builds on top of the original structure, designed by Keith Wagland in 1984. The third floor expansion and extension of the original footprint to the street creates a bolder image for the Gardiner, while respecting the intimate scale for which the original building was admired. The former pink granite exterior was replaced with polished buff limestone, setting the Gardiner in dialogue with the historic facades and pediments of the adjacent neo-classical Lillian Massey and Queen-Anne style Margaret Addison buildings. The front of the museum was completely re-landscaped with a series of terraced platforms that bring the Gardiner to the street, and create a series of inviting outdoor spaces for casual and formal gathering.

Architect: Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects (KPMB Architects)
Location: 111 Queen’s Park, Toronto, Canada
Project Team: Bruce Kuwabara (design partner), Shirley Blumberg (partner-in-charge), Paulo Rocha (design/project architect); John Allen, Kevin Bridgman, Steven Casey, Bill Colaco, Ramon Janer, Tom Knezic, Shane O’Neill, Thom Seto, Tyler Sharpe, Javier Uribe
Structural Engineer: Halsall Associates Limited
Mechanical and Electrical Engineer: Crossey Engineering Ltd.
Landscape: NAK Design
Cost: Vermeulens Cost Consultants
Fire & Life Safety: Leber / Rubes Inc.
Lighting: Suzanne Powadiuk Design
Elevators: Soberman Engineering
Branding Consultant: Scott Thornley + Company Inc.
Food Services: Marrack + Associates
Project Area: 46,276 sqf
Project Year: 2006
Photographs: Tom Arban, Eduard Hueber, Shai Gil / Insite Photography

Winnipeg Skating Shelters / Patkau Architects

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Architects: Patkau Architects
Location: , Manitoba,
Project team: Tyler Brown, Matthew Bunza, James Eidse, John Patkau, Patricia Patkau, Thomas Schroeder, Luke Stern, Peter Suter
Structural advisor: Annalisa Meyboom
Project year: 2010 – 2011
Photographs: James Dow

In Progress: Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport / Patkau Architects and MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects

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Patkau Architects and MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects, in joint venture, were selected as the winner of the international design competition to design the new sports complex for the University of containing Field House, Strength & Conditioning Centre, Sports Clinic and Research, Student Facilities.  Design development and programming is underway, with anticipated project completion by 2015.

Architects: Patkau Architects and MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects in joint venture
Location: Toronto,
Expected Completion: 2015
Renderings: Luxigon

The National Ballet School / KPMB Architects

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The National Ballet School (NBS) ranks as one of the finest ballet training institutions in the world, on par with the Royal Ballet School in London, the School of American Ballet in New York, and the Paris Opera Ballet School. NBS is the only institution in North America to offer an integral program of professional dance training, advanced level academic education and residential living all on one site. Its state-of-the-art educational and training programs provide students with the skills to become creative, self-assured individuals for whatever career they pursue upon graduation. Approximately 700 students participate in the NBS programs each week. Project Grand Jeté was conceived to ensure the ongoing evolution of its standards and programs with state-of-the-art facilities. The project weaves together new and heritage buildings. New construction comprises the Celia Franca Training Centre, a vertical campus of three transparent, elevated structures organized into an asymmetrical composition around an existing heritage building, Northfield House, and linked to hertige structures to the north and south via connecting bridges accessed off the piano nobile level.

The Bloor/Gladstone Library / RDH Architects

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The Bloor/Gladstone Branch library project is a renovation and addition to a listed heritage library in downtown . The architects were commissioned to design for an additional 12,000 sqf, bringing the collection and facilities to a level consistent with that of a District Library. The final design includes major renovations to the existing building as well as the construction of an addition.

Architect: RDH Architects Inc.
Location: 1101 Bloor Street West, Toronto, , Canada
Project Team: Bob Goyeche (partner, RDH Architects Inc.), Tyler Sharp (associate, project designer, RDH Architects Inc.), Gerry Shoalts (partner, Shoalts and Zaback Architects Ltd.), Graham Gavine (project manager, RDH Architects Inc.), Sanjoy Pal, Scott Wilson, Marnie Williams, Amir Kafifar.
Associate Architect: Shoalts and Zaback Architects Ltd.
Heritage Architect: ERA Architects Inc.
Landscape Architect: NAK Design
Structural Engineers: Halsall Associates Ltd.
Mechanical / Electrical Engineering: Jain Associates Ltd.
Civil Engineers: Valdor Engineering Inc.
Contractor: Pre-Eng Contracting Ltd.
Project Area: 12,000 sqf
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Courtesy of RDH Architects

Edmonton Eskimos Field House and Muliti-Use Recreation Complex / MJM Architects

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The City of Edmonton and the Edmonton Eskimo Football Club selected MJM Architects, with local partners HIP Architects, as the prime consultant for the development of the $96 million Multi-Use Recreation Complex and Field House attached to the south end of Edmonton’s Commonwealth Stadium. MJMA was invited and selected from a shortlist of 12 Sport and Community Architects from across for this highly visible project.

MJMA is working with the multiple client groups, various stakeholders, and the appointed construction manager Clark Builders to deliver a phased and fast tracked facility to be open for the 2010 Grey Cup, with the remaining recreation complex to open Spring 2012. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Sliding House / MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects

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The house is sited on an agrarian hillside, along a 250 year old existing stone wall so as to cultivate rather than consume the field. Its sliding axis is eastward, down the hillside to the lake. In the historic village below there are three houses, corresponding to three sons of the original settlers. There are three barns, three chicken houses, etc. The third barn was demolished in the 1970s. The Sliding House adds back this lost barn. It is sited orthogonally to the other village buildings. It is both of its place and radically modern – testing the limits of a critical regionalist position.

Architects: MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects
Location: Halifax, , Canada
Photographs: Brian MacKay-Lyons, Courtesy of

Centre Spécialisé de Technologie Physique du Québec / bisson | associés + Carl Charron Architecte

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Architects: bisson | associés + Carl Charron Architecte
Location: Québec,
Engineer: Roche Sopax et Techniconfort
Collaborators: Éco op
Contractors: Kamco Construction inc.
Project area: 2,225 sqm
Project year: 2010
Photographs: Stéphane Groleau

Vertical Cave in Nunavut / rzlbd

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The Tower by rzlbd is a structure that aims to fulfill the human desire to conquer gravity, while challenging the modern notion of skyscrapers as vertical extrusions of a two-dimensional layout on the ground.  The desire is to design a skyscraper in which each space is tailored to the inhabitant.

Read on for more after the break.

2011 Festival of Architecture

Presented by the Architectural Institute of British Columbia and Architecture Canada | the 2011 Festival of Architecture will take place May 24 to 27th in Vancouver, Canada.

The 2011 Festival of Architecture, will take a sharp look at the cutting edge of change and the ways in which the profession continues to push envelopes. Over four days, this event will bring together architects and allied professionals from around the province and across the country to explore best practices, new challenges, and innovative ways in which architects are leaving their indelible mark on our built and natural environments.

Participants will also explore West Coast approaches to place- and space-making: how the perspective from the Western edge of Canada lends itself to a global view for positive change.

Kerchum Residence / Frits de Vries Architect

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This single-family residence in the Dunbar neighborhood of Vancouver was designed by Frits de Vries Architect both as a home for the clients, as well as a demonstration suite for their sustainable home building and renovation company. The home is the first LEED Platinum home certified by LEED for Homes in Western Canada and was recently honored with a 2011 RAIC Award of Excellence for Green Building.

Architect: Frits de Vries Architect Ltd.
Location: Vancouver, , Canada
Project Team: Frits de Vries (MAIBC, MRAIC), Patrick Warren
Structural Engineer: Equilibrium Consulting Inc.
Builder: Galen Evans, Natural Balance Home Builders Inc.
Landscape Design: Claire Kennedy Design
Interior Design: Patrick Warren
Sustainable Building Advisor: Orianne Johnson, Frits de Vries Architect Ltd.
Green Rating/Energy Model: Troy Glasner, E3 Ecogroup
LEED Service Provider: Andriana Beauchemin, E3 Ecogroup
Project Area: 3,068
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Lucas Finlay and Courtesy of Frits de Vries Architect

Origami / Bélanger Beauchemin Morency, Architectes & Urbaniste

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based architecture firm, Bélanger Beauchemin Morency, Architectes & Urbaniste has shared with us their recent proposal for the ”Amphithéâtre de Trois-Rivière” competition. Follow after the break for additional images and a brief narrative from the design team.

SAIT Parkade / Bing Thom Architects

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Vancouver-based Bing Thom Architects has just completed a new three-level parkade on the campus of the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology. At more than 380,000 sqf and with dimensions of 260’ by 560’, this structure and its accompanying road realignments consolidate and rationalize the current sprawled distribution of campus parking into a central facility. In turn, this structure both frees up developable land for additional facilities and uses parking as a means of reinvigorating campus life. Given the massive size of the building, the primary design challenge was mitigating its actual and perceived scale. BTA established a profound relationship between the building and its surrounding landscape by nestling the building into an existing hillside under an existing playing field where the SAIT Trojans play year-round, leaving only the east and south sides of the parkade fully visible. The roof level is the same as the ground level of the gothic Heritage Hall – one of the centerpieces of the campus – so that the building does not obstruct views of the historic 1921 building. Glass pyramids articulate the staircases and create atria that allow natural light down into the structure.

Architect: Bing Thom Architects
Location: SAIT Main Campus, 1301 16th Ave NW, Calgary, Alberta,
Architect of Record: Marshall Tittemore Architects
Project Team: Bing Thom, Michael Heeney, Venelin Kokalov, Ling Meng, Shinobu Homma, Jacqueline Wiles, Derek Kaplan, Yong Sun, Marshall () Bill Marshall, John Souleles, Paul O’Rourke (Tittemore Architects)
Structural Engineer: Cohos Evamy integratedesign
Mechanical/Civil Engineer: AECOM Canada Inc
Electrical Engineer: Crossey Engineering Ltd, Beaubien Maskell Engineering Inc
Landscape Architect: SWA Group, IBI Landplan
Geotechnical: EBA Engineering Consultants Ltd
Building Code: LMDG Building Code Consultants
Specifications: Marshall Tittemore Architects
Traffic: Bunt & Associates
Costing: Western Cost Consultants
Lighting: Crossey Engineering, William Lam
Construction: PCL Construction Management Inc.
Project Manager: MKT Arkle Development Management Inc
Project Area: 387,000 sqf
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Nic Lehoux (Courtesy of Bing Thom Architects), Peter Beech

Ghost 13 Ideas in Things

Courtesy of MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects

‘Ghost 13 Ideas in Things’ will be a three-day International Architecture Conference from June 14th- 17th, 2011. Held at architect Brian MacKay-Lyons farm in , the theme ‘Ideas in Things’ will address the discipline of architecture as a whole and offer a critique of the current separation of the academy and practice, or the mind and the hand. Keynote Speakers for the conference are Kenneth Frampton and Juhani Pallasmaa. Additional speakers include Deborah Berke, Marlon Blackwell, Wendell Burnette, Ted Flato, Andrew Freear, Vincent James, Rick Joy, Francis Kere, Richard Kroeker, Tod Kundig, , Patricia Patkau, Dan Rockhill, Brigitte Shim, and Peter Stutchbury.  A book and a film will document the Conference and participation is limited to 200 registrants.

Additional information about the conference following the break.

Place de L’Acadie Park / NIPpaysage

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NIPpaysage has shared this small-scale project for the Place de L’Acadie Park in , Montreal.  It functions on a neighborhood scale and reinforces the various public spaces in within the context of the site.

Read on for more information.

Vancouver Convention Centre West / LMN + DA with MCM

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Situated on ’s waterfront with spectacular views of mountains, ocean, and parks, the Convention Centre West is designed to bring together the natural ecology, vibrant local culture, and built environment, accentuating their interrelationships through the architecture. Opened in April 2009, the Convention Centre West expansion facility triples the total square footage and functional capacity as well as completes the development of the public realm on the waterfront.

Seattle-based LMN, in collaboration with Vancouver-based Musson Cattell Mackey Partnership and DA Architects & Planners, designed the Vancouver Convention Centre West as a compelling vision of what a civic building can be—a celebration of people and place and a model of sustainability. The project achieved LEED® Canada Platinum certification, the first convention center to gain such recognition in the world, and recently received a COTE 2011 Top Ten Green Project Award.

Architects: LMN, DA Architects & Planners, Musson Cattell Mackey Partnership (MCM)
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Project Owner: BC Pavilion Corporation (PavCo)
Project Area: 1.2 million sqf
Project Year: 2009
Renderings and Drawings: LMN, LMN/Studio
Photographs: Nic Lehoux

Dolbeau-Mistassini Theatre / Paul Laurendeau Architecte, Jodoin Lamarre Pratte

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Architects: Paul Laurendeau Architecte, Jodoin Lamarre Pratte
Location: Dolbeau-Mistassini,
Principals in charge: Marc Laurendeau, Paul Laurendeau
Project team: Serge Breton, Daniel Cohlmeyer, Tanya de Bellefeuille, Claire Dusonchet, Denis Gaudreault, Pierre Grenier, Gérard Lanthier, Marc Laurendeau, Paul Laurendeau, Irina Nazarova, Matthieu Schleiss, Michel Simard, Catherine Venne, Marc Bouchard
Consultant: Go multimédia
Acoustics: Legault & Davidson
Civil and structural engineer: Dessau
Project area: 2,630 sqm
Project year: 2006 – 2008
Photographs: Marc Gibert