Li Xiaodong Wins The Inaugural Moriyama RAIC International Prize

The Liyuan Library. Image Courtesy of RAIC / Studio

The Royal Architecture Institute of Canada (RAIC) have announced that Li Xiaodong has been awarded the inaugural Moriyama International Prize, named after esteemed Canadian architect Raymond Moriyama. The prize, which comes with a monetary value of CAD$100,000, has been established to recognise buildings that are judged to be “transformative, inspired as well as inspiring, and emblematic of the human values of respect and inclusiveness.”

The jury deliberated projects submitted from nine countries: Canada, China, France, Germany, Israel, Japan, South Korea, the United Kingdom and Tajikistan. According to the citation, the jury was “impressed by the breadth of international interest in the prize and encouraged by the high level of engagement with the aims and objectives of the program revealed in the submissions.” The prize is open to all architects irrespective of nationality and location and seeks to recognise a single work of architecture (as opposed to a life’s work), celebrating buildings in use.

LaSalle Waterworks Building / Affleck de la Riva architects

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Architects: Affleck de la Riva architects
Location: Avenue de l’Esplanade, , QC,
Project Manager : Gavin Affleck
Design Architect : Gavin Affleck
Project Team : Steven Leather, Brigitte Boudreau, Alexandre Cassiani, Federico Carbajal, Serge Gascon and Melanie Morris
Area: 450.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Marc Cramer, Alexandre Chabot, Affleck de la Riva

Discovery Centre for the Mont-Tremblant National Park / Smith Vigeant Architects

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Architects: Smith Vigeant Architects
Location: Parc national du Mont-Tremblant, 3824 Chemin du Lac Supérieur, , QC J0T 1P0, Canada
Architect In Charge: Daniel Smith
Design Team: Daniel Smith, Anik Malderis, Julien Gouin-Charbonneau, Karine Renaud, Cindy Neveu, Stéphan Vigeant
Area: 600.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Stéphane Brugger

Street House / gh3

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Architects: gh3
Location: , ON, Canada
Project Team: Pat Hanson, Diana Gerard, Louise Clavin, Raymond chow
Photographs: Raymond Chow

Moore Park Residence / Drew Mandel Architects

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Architects: Drew Mandel Architects
Location: , ON, Canada
Design Team: Drew Mandel, Jowenne Poon, Rachel Tameirao, Jasmine Maggs
Area: 2880.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Ben Rahn / A-Frame

Confirmed: Wilkinson Eyre Designs Large-Scale, Transit-Oriented Development for Toronto

Courtesy of Ivanhoé Cambridge

Developer Ivanhoé Cambridge has confirmed plans for a major, multi-phased office and transit development in the heart of ’s financial core, just east of Union Station. Designed by London-based Wilkinson Eyre, following an international competition, the two-tower development will rise on both sides of the railway tracks and connect via an elevated public park. The South tower will include a major new GO Bus Terminal serving Union Station and will be topped with commercial retail.

More on the development, after the break.

Borden Park Pavilion / gh3

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Architects: gh3
Location: , AB, Canada
Project Team: Pat Hanson, Diana Gerrard, Louise Clavin, Byron White, Joel Di Giacomo, Raymond Chow, Kamyar Rahimi, Simon Routh
Area: 245.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Raymond Chow

RISE Competition Seeks Ideas to Combat Sea Level Rise in Vancouver

Downtown . Image Courtesy of SFU

How will affect Metro Vancouver and what can we do about it? Take a look at the #RISEIDEAS competition from SFU Public Square – an open ideas competition with a Grand Prize of $35,000 to find innovative ways to address sea level rise. Form a team of one to four people, submit your idea online, and you could take home the cash, rub shoulders with experts at the October 19 public exhibition day, and win free event tickets. The deadline for competition submissions is October 6, 2014. Check out the website for all the details.

Snøhetta Unveils Final Design for Calgary’s New Central Library

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Following two years of community engagement, Snøhetta and DIALOG have released the final design for their competition-winning New Central Library in . Planned for a vibrant intersection between Downtown and the East Village, the new library aims to fulfill the city’s vision for a “technologically advanced public space for innovation, research and collaboration.”

Kinoya Restaurant / Jean de Lessard

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Interior Designers: Jean de Lessard
Location: , QC,
Area: 1500.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Adrien Williams

Lausanne House / Hatem+D Architecture

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Architects: Hatem+D Architecture
Location: Quebec,
Architect In Charge: Étienne Bernier architecte
Area: 170.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Alexandre Guilbeault

Les Elfes / Alain Carle Architecte

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Architects: Alain Carle Architecte
Location: , QC, Canada
Area: 5165.0 ft2
Year: 2011
Photographs: Adrien Williams

Les Marais / Alain Carle Architecte

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Architects: Alain Carle Architecte
Location: Wentworth-Nord, QC J0T,
Area: 6505.0 ft2
Year: 2012
Photographs: Adrien Williams

Fichman Residence / regionalArchitects

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Architects: regionalArchitects
Location: 375 King Street West, , ON M5V 1K1, Canada
Principal: Drew Sinclair
Area: 1200.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Terry Tourangeau

Screen House / Alain Carle Architecte

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Architects: Alain Carle Architecte
Location: , QC J0T,
Area: 5405.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Adrien Williams

Collège Saint-Louis / Marosi Troy Architectes + Jodoin Lamarre Pratte architectes

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Architects: Marosi Troy Architectes, Jodoin Lamarre Pratte architectes
Location: Collège Saint-Louis, 50 34 Ave, Lachine, QC H8T, Canada
Design Lead: Martin Troy, Ali Torabi
Area: 13300.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Stephane Groleau

Le Grand Plateau / Atelier Pierre Thibault

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Architects: Atelier Pierre Thibault
Location: Mirond Lake, , Unorganized, SK S0P,
Design Team: Pierre Thibault & Jérôme Lapierre
Area: 1650.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Alain Laforest

Dunrobin Shores / Christopher Simmonds Architect

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Architects: Christopher Simmonds Architect
Location: , ON,
Year: 2014
Photographs: Doublespace Photography