In this interesting report in the Ottawa Citizen, Maria Cook exposes the plan to renovate the Arthur Erickson-designed Bank of Canada Building in Ottawa. The existing building, which features a public atrium complete with a tropical garden, is being extensively remodeled to improve security and building performance, although arguably at great cost to the design. Cook exposes how the bank turned down a prestigious design award in 2011 as it was already at that point privately considering the changes, and explains how its privileged position – related to the government but not controlled by it – effectively means that the bank has nobody it has to answer to who might stop these plans. You can read the full article here.
Architects: Saucier + Perrotte architectes
Location: John Abbott College, 21275 Lakeshore Road, Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, QC H9X 3L9, Canada
Lead Design Architect: Gilles Saucier
Principal In Charge: Andre Perrotte
Project Architect: Trevor Davies
Project Team: Dominique Dumais, Vedanta Balbahadur, Yutaro Minagawa, Olivier Krieger, Marie-Eve Primeau, Patrice Begin, Guillaume Sasseville, Christiane Reuter
Mechanical: Pageau Morel
Electrical: Pageau Morel
Landscape: Saucier + Perrotte architectes
Area: 10400.0 sqm
Photographs: Marc Cramer, Olivier Blouin
Daniel Libeskind and David Adjaye, as well as four other shortlisted teams, are competing to design the National Holocaust Monument in Canada. Planned to be built in a prominent site in the heart of Ottawa, near the Canadian War Museum, the $4.5 million monument is expected for completion in 2015.
The jury, made up of internationally renowned art and design professionals, a representative from the National Holocaust Monument Development Council and a Holocaust survivor, chose the following six teams as finalists:
Chevalier Morales Architectes, in collaboration with DMA Architectes, has won the competition for the design of the Pierrefonds Library in Quebec. The project called for a complete renovation of the existing building to achieve LEED Gold certification and a 2,316 square meter extension that would include new document management technologies. The team’s building design was inspired by Pierrefonds’ old master plans as well as the economic pragmatism of shopping malls.
Architects: Bisson | Associés Architects
Location: Saint-Irénée, QC, Canada
Architect In Charge: Jonathan Bisson
Design Team: Julie Dubé, Caroline Lajoie, Jacques Dion, Chloé Barabé-Pépin, Geneviève Gagnon, Patrick Gosselin, Véronique Boulet & Éric Maurand
Project Manager : Roche Construction
Photographs: Stephane Groleau
Borealis, Team Alberta’s entry to the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013, addresses the housing needs of professionals working in remote locations. This modular house was designed in consideration of severe housing shortages and high housing costs driven by booming industries in northern Canada. Named after the iconic Northern Lights and lush Boreal forest, Borealis is designed to be sustainable and ecologically sensitive.