heneghan peng Wins Competition to Design Canadian Canoe Museum in Ontario

12:15 - 22 January, 2016
heneghan peng Wins Competition to Design Canadian Canoe Museum in Ontario, © Luxigon for Heneghan Peng Architects
© Luxigon for Heneghan Peng Architects

Dublin-based heneghan peng Architects has won a competition to design the Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough, Ontario. Chosen over four other shortlisted proposals, heneghan peng's winning design "embraces aboriginal wisdom to live and build lightly on the land," says the Museum, by "organically" integrating an elongated glass pavilion topped with a two-acre rooftop garden alongside the Trent-Severn waterway.

The practice will work with local firm Kearns Mancini Architects to realize the $45-million building. It is planned to rise on the city's 1904 Peterborough Lift Lock National Historic Site by 2020 and house the world's largest collection of canoes and kayaks. 

According to the jury, the heneghan peng/Kearns Mancini team "stood out from the other submissions as the design works organically with the land rather than overwhelming it."

Canadian Canoe Museum Reveals Shortlisted Designs

08:00 - 1 October, 2015
Canadian Canoe Museum Reveals Shortlisted Designs, Heneghan Peng Architects’ proposal for the new Canadian Canoe Museum. © Luxigon. Image Courtesy of The Canadian Canoe Museum
Heneghan Peng Architects’ proposal for the new Canadian Canoe Museum. © Luxigon. Image Courtesy of The Canadian Canoe Museum

The Canadian Canoe Museum has revealed the five designs shortlisted in its competition to design a new museum on the Peterborough Lift Lock National Historic Site on the Trent-Severn Waterway in southern Ontario.

Out of 97 entered proposals, six teams were originally asked to develop more in-depth concepts over the summer, but one team withdrew. The five remaining teams -- from the United States, Canada, and Ireland -- presented their designs at an open house held by the Museum.

Bortolotto Unveils Design for Rosalie Sharp Pavilion in Toronto

14:00 - 21 June, 2015
Bortolotto Unveils Design for Rosalie Sharp Pavilion in Toronto, Exterior View. Image Courtesy of Bortolotto
Exterior View. Image Courtesy of Bortolotto

The Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCAD U) has commissioned Toronto firm Bortolotto to transform the university’s main office building into the Rosalie Sharp Pavilion. The office will be wrapped in a technologically-responsive layer, transforming it into a multi-use, student work and exhibition space and transforming the corner of Dundas and McCaul streets into an interactive gateway for the campus.

6 Teams Shortlisted for Canadian Canoe Museum

16:00 - 26 May, 2015
6 Teams Shortlisted for Canadian Canoe Museum, Canada Peterborough Lift Lock National Historic Site. Image via Wikipedia
Canada Peterborough Lift Lock National Historic Site. Image via Wikipedia

Six teams have been shortlisted for a chance to design the new Canadian Canoe Museum, as part of its relocation to the Parks Canada Peterborough Lift Lock National Historic Site on the Trent-Severn Waterway in southern Ontario. Selected from 90 international submissions, the competing teams are now expected to refine their ideas before presenting them to the public. A winner will be announced in the Fall.  

The complete shortlist, after the break... 

Architecture for Humanity Toronto Launches Lecture Series: "Incremental Strategies for Vertical Neighborhoods"

00:00 - 18 May, 2014
Architecture for Humanity Toronto Launches Lecture Series: "Incremental Strategies for Vertical Neighborhoods", Courtesy of Architecture for Humanity Toronto
Courtesy of Architecture for Humanity Toronto

According to the most recent national census in Canada, almost half of Toronto residents are immigrants, one-third of whom arrived in the past ten years. To allow the city to adapt to this surging flow of immigrants, Architecture for Humanity Toronto (AFHTO) has called upon students and professionals from various backgrounds to rethink Toronto's urban fabric - and, in particular, its high-rise developments - by establishing a series of lectures and workshops entitled "Incremental Strategies for Vertical Neighborhoods."

At the inaugural event a few weeks ago, Filipe Balestra of Urban Nouveau* was invited to speak about his work and contribute to a design charrette inspired by the City of Toronto's Tower Renewal program. For more on Balestra and the event, keep reading after the break.

Remembering Ron Thom's Subtle Mark on the Canadian Landscape

00:00 - 5 May, 2014
Remembering Ron Thom's Subtle Mark on the Canadian Landscape , Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario. Image © Alexi Hobbs
Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario. Image © Alexi Hobbs

“You don’t need big and flashy starchitecture to make a statement; the most powerful architecture is often that which blends into the landscape and reveals itself slowly.” In this article on Monocle, written by Nelly Gocheva, the late Canadian architect Ron Thom is remembered for just this reason. To learn more about Thom's architectural approach and works, including his masterplan for Trent University, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, read the article here.

Carling Residence / Tact Architecture

01:00 - 10 March, 2013
Carling Residence / Tact Architecture, © Terence Tourangeau
© Terence Tourangeau
  • Architects

  • Location

    Georgian Bay, Ontario, Canada
  • Project Manager

    Michael Krus
  • Design Team

    Michael Krus, Prish Jain, Barry Hajder
  • Engineers

    Jain and Associates, Soscia Engineering Limited
  • Contractor

    Pegah Construction Ltd
  • Area

    3600.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

© Terence Tourangeau © Terence Tourangeau © Terence Tourangeau © Terence Tourangeau +14

Whale House / rzlbd

06:00 - 19 October, 2012
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Courtesy of Atelier rzlbd

Architects: rzlbd Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada Project Team: Reza Aliabadi, Ladan Niknam, Lailee Soleimani Project Manager: Amin Sheivari Project Year: 2012 Photographs: Courtesy of Atelier rzlbd

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A New Student Learning Centre for Ryerson University by Snøhetta and ZPA

16:17 - 6 April, 2011
Courtesy of Ryerson University
Courtesy of Ryerson University

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.

In Progress: Faculty of Law, University of Toronto / Hariri Pontarini Architects

17:30 - 5 April, 2011
Photo Courtesy of Hariri Pontarini Architects
Photo Courtesy of Hariri Pontarini Architects

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.

Architects: Hariri Pontarini Architects Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada Partner-in-Charge: Siamak Hariri Project Area: 160,000 sqf Photographs: Courtesy of Hariri Pontarini Architects

Toronto Central Waterfront / West 8 and DTAH

13:00 - 15 February, 2011
Courtesy of West 8
Courtesy of West 8

The Central Waterfront, 3.5 km of Lake Ontario shoreline immediately adjacent to the downtown business district, is one of Toronto’s most valuable assets. Yet, despite decades of planning and patchwork development projects, there is no coherent vision for linking the pieces into a greater whole – visually or physically. In this context, the fundamental objective of the project is to address this deficiency by creating a consistent and legible image for the Central Waterfront, in both architectural and functional terms.

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Landscape Architects: West 8 urban design & landscape architecture and DTAH Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada Collaborators: Schollen & Company, Diamond + Schmitt Architects, Arup, Halsall Associates, David Dennis Design, Mulvey + Banani Client: Waterfront Toronto Project Area: 3.5 km length Project Year: 2006–2011 Photographs: Courtesy of West 8