‘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 Nova Scotia, 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, Brian MacKay-Lyons, 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.
Situated on Vancouver’s waterfront with spectacular views of mountains, ocean, and parks, the Vancouver 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
Architects: Paul Laurendeau Architecte, Jodoin Lamarre Pratte
Location: Dolbeau-Mistassini, Canada
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
The Sunset Community Centre was conceived as a link between nature and the vibrant multi-cultural communities that surround it. Unique yet not foreign to its surroundings, Sunset Community Centre is an elegant and transparent building, carefully sited on a major thoroughfare to give the building visibility and accessibility to the community. The back and sides of the building serve as a background for outdoor activities with its spectacular southern views and setting among the fields, greenhouses and planting beds of the adjacent Vancouver Park Board site.
Architect: Bing Thom Architects
Location: 6810 Main Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Project Team: Michael Heeney, John Camfield Venelin Kokalov, Francis Yan, Arno Matis, Eric Boelling, Shinobu Homma, Marcos Hui
Structure Engineer: Gerry Epp & John Miller, Fast + Epp / StructureCraft
Mechanical/Electrical Engineer: Jason Weir, Roger Sum, Stantec
Landscape Architect: Blair Guppy, Phillips Farevaag Smallenberg
Builder: Peter Bazilewich & Alex Strega, Haebler Construction
Code Equivalency: Ken Chow & Susana Chui, Pioneer Consultants
Cost: George Evans, LEC Quantity Surveyors
Parking: David Tam, Bunt & Associates
Acoustics: Bob Strachan, Brown Strachan Associates
Commissioning: Kevin May, Airmec Systems
Geotechnical/Civil Engineer: Steven Fofonoff, GeoPacific Consultants
Project Area: 30,000 sqf
Project Year: 2007
Photographs: Nic Lehoux, Ergi Bozyigit
The Martin-Lancaster house is a 3000 square foot courtyard house, situated on the rugged Atlantic coast of Nova Scotia. It consists of four primary components: (1) a gabled garage/guest house, (2) a gabled social pavilion, (3) a north-facing service bar, and (4) an arrival court between.
Trois-Rivières Amphitheatre by ARCHITEM is a competition entry that is Inspired by the history of Trois-Rivières in Quebec, Canada. The are has roots in the lumber industry and its association with the river. The project optimizes the natural landscape and creates an iconic architectural presence that focuses on the connection to the river. The forest informs the architectural design of the building and its exterior wall, with its use of lace and transparency, recalling the poetry of the seasonal movement of branches. The endless play of light and shade are its inspiration.
Read on for more information and images.
The Hill House is the first of several projects we will be featuring from MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects. The firm has established an international reputation for design excellence garnering 75 awards including 5 governor General’s Medals and the American Institute of Architects Honor Award. They are also well known for the Ghost Architectural Laboratory, an education initiative designed to promote the transfer of architectural knowledge through direct experience.
The Hill House is situated alongside the Nova Scotia’s south shore. The design embraces a long tradition of light timber framing and taut skinned building envelopes, which result in an architecture that is ironically both massive and delicate.
Paul Laurendeau Architects shared with us their winning competition entry for the Trois-Rivières Amphitheatre in Quebec, Canada. The centerpiece of the proposed Three Rivers on the St. Lawrence is to build an outdoor amphitheater with a capacity of 10,000 seats. For the realization of the amphitheater, the municipality has chosen to proceed with this design for a building of international significance. More images and architects’ description after the break.
This year’s ACADIA 2011 Annual Conference, with the support of FLATCUT_, seeks proposals for innovative geometric forms that push the limits of design through the exploration of integrative material strategies for digitally fabricated assemblies. The competition hopes to address the questions that parametric design models are pose in terms of material practice: How does parametric design engage changes scale? How does the selection, tooling, and deployment of material shape the physical environment? How do inventive material pairings work positively and cohesively to produce new forms of assembly and environmental response? How do designers begin to embed parameters that engage concepts of sustainability, augmented performance and material flexibility?
The conference theme addresses integrative trajectories and areas of overlap between design and other disciplines. While design’s allied fields of engineering and construction will be explored, collaborative possibilities between design and other concentrations, such as computer science, material science, mathematics and biology will also be highlighted.
Details about the Conference and Call for Papers and Projects are now available at http://www.acadia.org/acadia2011/.
The Ontario Pavilion for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games was designed as a physical and experiential gateway to Ontario. The pavilion provided a unique impression of Ontario’s lively character and had over 170,000 visitors. With an exterior translucent screen projecting varying degrees of visibility, the structure prompted visitors to shift their perception of what defines transparency.
Architects: Hariri Pontarini Architects
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Partner-in-Charge: Siamak Hariri
Collaborators: Lord Cultural Resources, Ellis Don Corporation, Nussli Event Construction, Infinite Stage Design, Iredale Group
Project Area: 14,600 sqf
Photographs: Andrew Doran Photography, Hariri Pontarini Architects
Architects: Cibinel Architects
Location: Brandon, Manitoba, Canada
Design Team: George Cibinel, Marty Kuilman, Jason Kun, Travis Cooke, Candace Wiersema, Markian Yereniuk, Brian Pearson, Mike Karakas, Joseph Orobia, Catherine White
Collaborators: Collins Design Service – Fire Station Consultant
Engineers: Crosier Kilgour & Partners Ltd, Epp Siepman Engineering Inc, Nova 3 Engineering Ltd, Williams Engineering Inc, M. Block & Associates Ltd Landscape Architects: Hilderman Thomas Frank Cram Landscape Architecture & Planning
Contractor: BIRD Construction
Project area: 30,000 sqf
Project year: 2010
Photographs: Mike Karakas
Today Ryerson University announced the design of a new Student Learning Centre for their Toronto campus. Designed by Snøhetta in collaboration with Zeidler Partnership Architects of Toronto, the 155,463sqf Student Learning Centre will feature a transparent glass skin that will provide varying light qualities within the interior spaces. Sustainable practices have also been incorporated into the design with 50% of the roof intended to act as a green roof and plans for the building to be LEED Silver compliant. Construction on the building is expected to begin late this year, with a targeted completion date of Winter 2014. More about the new Student Learning Centre including renderings following the break.
The Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) presents the major exhibition Architecture in Uniform: Designing and Building for the Second World War. On view from 13 April until 18 September 2011, the exhibition investigates the consequences of the Second World War on the built environment and reveals the immense development undertaken and responsibility carried by architecture during these years. Until now, few studies have analyzed the breadth of research, innovation, and building conducted by architects during the war years.
Curator Jean-Louis Cohen fills an important historical gap by investigating the work and achievements of the architects and designers active during World War II across the political battle lines and demonstrates that the war served as an accelerator of technological innovation and production that would lead to the supremacy of modernism in architecture. For more information go to the exhibition’s official website.
The North American competition-winning design for the renovation and expansion of the historic University of Toronto Faculty of Law responds directly to the client’s ambition to create a law school among the finest in the world. Hariri Pontarini Architects proposed a design that would provide both a physical and visual connection to its surrounding landscape.
Manuel Gross, Patrik Staub, Stefan Vetsch and Yannick Vorberg, all recent graduates of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, have shared with us their winning entry for the AIAS/Vinyl Institute 2015 Pan American Games Awards Pavilion to be situated in Toronto, Canada. Follow after the break for a comprehensive write up and additional images of their competition entry.