5/6 House / rzlbd

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Architects: rzlbd – Reza Aliabadi
Location: , , Canada
Project team: Reza Aliabadi, Lailee Soleimani, Mehrdad Tavakolian
Project area: 4,000 sq. ft.
Project year: 2010 – 2011
Photographs: borXu Design

NPS Podium Roof Garden / PLANT Architect & Perkins+Will Canada

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The Podium Roof Garden is the first transformation in the competition-winning scheme “Agora Theatre” – the Nathan Phillips Square Revitalization. This 3-acre upper-level component of Viljo Revell’s 1965 iconic and visionary City Hall and multi-level public square in Toronto was originally conceived as a ceremonial public space, reached via a giant sculptural ramp. The space was never successful at attracting the public – it was a grim, empty, three acres of concrete that has been closed for well over a decade. The Podium Roof Garden re-conceives this upper level as a public park integrated with the elevated walkway system, and while respecting the complex’s heritage status, reopening it to the public as a truly engaging 21st Century space.

Architect: PLANT Architect & Canada
Location: Toronto, Canada
General Contractor: Flynn Canada / Gardens in the Sky
Structural: Blackwell Bowick Engineering
Mechanical/Electrical: Crossey Engineering Ltd.
Project Team: PLANT – Chris Pommer, Lisa Rapoport, Mary Tremain, Elise Shelley, Vanessa Eickhoff, Lisa Moffitt, Jane Hutton, Heather Asquith, Lisa Dietrich, Suzanne Ernst, Jessica Craig, Jeremy McGregor, Matt Hartney; STIP – Andrew Frontini, D’Arcy Arthurs, Linda Neumayer, Perry Edwards, Gavin Guthrie; HSLA – Peter Schaudt, John Ridenour; ABUP – Adrian Blackwell, Marcin Kedzior; James Urban; Blanche Lemko van Ginkel.
Photographs: Steven Evans

Shaft House / rzlbd

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Architects: rzlbd
Location: , Canada
Design Team: Reza Aliabadi & Ali Malekzadeh
Project Manager: Ali Malekzadeh
Project Area: 1,400 sq ft
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: borXu Design

Creemore Farm / PLANT Architect

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The Creemore Farm is a frugal renovation and 85 sqm extension to a turn of the century farmhouse north of , overlooking rolling hills and expansive views. The addition reorients the whole house toward the view, presenting tall panoramic corner windows in the sitting area at the ground floor, and the master bedroom at the second floor, both framing the vista to the Southeast.

Architect: PLANT Architect
Location: Toronto, Canada
Project Team: Chris Pommer, Lisa Rapoport, Heather Asquith, Judy Sanz-Solé, Jane Hutton, Jessica Craig, Matthew Hartney
Engineer: Blackwell Bowick Engineering
Contractor/Cabinets: Porter Skelton & Associates Ltd., Clearview Woodworking
Project Area: 85 sqm
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Peter Legris Photography

Camp Arowhon Headquarters / PLANT Architect

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Camp Arowhon is a family-run summer camp in Algonquin Park. The new 250 sqm two-story Toronto storefront is a new headquarters intended to create a visual presence in the community, facilitate administration, and create a place which fosters a post-camp alumni community. The owners wanted the building to feel like “a piece of Algonquin Park in the city” evoking the character of camp, while wanting to avoid the camp imagery overused by spas and clothing retailers. The character was established instead through the use and detailing of materials: using harvested raw and rough hewn from the camp, and detailing them with a more polished, but simple elegance found in camp buildings.

Architect: PLANT Architect
Location: Toronto,
Project Team: Chris Pommer, Lisa Rapoport, Mary Tremain, Jane Hutton
Contractor: Integer Construction
Cabinetwork: Edwards and Wilson Cabinetmakers
Engineer: Blackwell Bowick Engineering
Planting & Irrigation: Oriole Landscaping
Signage: Arrow Graphics
Project Area: 250 sqm
Photographs: Peter Legris Photography

Update: Absolute Towers / MAD Architects

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Designed by MAD Architects, the Absolute Towers located in , Canada are nearing completion, and we are sharing with you the latest under construction photographs byJason Zytynsky. Serving as a gateway to the city beyond, the towers’ facade contains a continuous balcony wrapping the entire building.  In 2006 competed and won the international competition to design the towers.

More images after the break.

Young Centre for the Performing Arts / KPMB Architects

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The Young Centre for the Performing Arts (YCPA) is the result of a unique partnership between George Brown College and Soulpepper Theatre Company. Since opening in January 2006, the Young Centre has significantly anchored the Distillery District as a cultural destination. The project introduces a new paradigm that combines teaching and live performance in one facility.

Architect: Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg (KPMB) Architects
Location: The Distillery District, Tank Houses 9 and 10, , Ontario, Canada
Project Area: 44,000 sqf
Project Year: 2006
Photographs: Tom Arban

TIFF Bell Lightbox / KPMB Architects

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The winning competition design for the Bell Lightbox and Festival Tower was conceived on an epic scale to create a city of cinema within the city that hosts one of the most important annual film festivals. It was also designed to reflect the heterogeneity and openness that characterizes . Located in the heart of the city’s media and entertainment district, the architecture of the Bell Lightbox at the corner of King and John Streets injects energy into the precinct.

Architect: Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg (KPMB) Architects
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Project Team: Bruce Kuwabara, Design partner; Shirley Blumberg, Partner-in-Charge; Luigi LaRocca, Senior Associate; Matthew Wilson, Project Architect; Matt Krivosudsky, Bruno Weber, Brent Wagler, Glenn MacMullin, Andrea Macaroun, Rita Kiriakis, Lilly Liakus, Carolyn Lee, David Poloway ,Tyler Sharp, Debra Fabricus, Claudio Venier, Thom Seto, Walter Gaudet, Krista Clark, Clementine Chang, Winston Chong, Carla Munoz, Elizabeth Paden, Bill Colaco, Nicko Elliot, Norm Li.
Architect of Record: Kirkor Architects & Planners
Project Area: 547,000 sqf
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Maris Mezulis, Tom Arban, Mehrdad Tavakkolian

The Royal Conservatory, TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning / KPMB Architects

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The new TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning is the final phase in the Master Plan to build a new home for Canada’s premier music and arts educator, the Royal Conservatory. KPMB, under the direction of Marianne McKenna, has been working with the RCM to realize the vision set forth in the 1991 award winning Master Plan.

Architect: Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg (KPMB) Architects
Location: 273 Bloor Street West, , , Canada
Project Area: 190,000 sqf
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Eduard Hueber, Tom Arban

Shops of Summerhill / AUDAXarchitecture

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Architects: AUDAXarchitecture
Location: 1099 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario,
Project Management: Den Bosch + Finchley
Landscape Architect: Du Toit Allsopp Hillier Architects Ltd.
Architects of Record: Goldsmith Borgal & Company Ltd. Architects
Developer / Owner / Client: Woodcliffe Corporation
Project area: 2,500 sqm
Project year: 2011
Photographs: AUDAXarchitecture

180 Queen West / KPMB Architects with Stone McQuire Vogt Architects

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One Eighty Queen West is a commercial property located on a site at the northwest edge of downtown ’s financial district area and adjacent to the city’s “legal district” to the east (Osgoode Hall, the Ontario Courts Building, Old and New City Halls). The site also stands immediately adjacent to a historic legal monument: Campbell House, originally the home of William Campbell, first chief justice of Ontario and at the threshold to the Queen Street West retail strip and the residential neighbourhoods to the north. The land is part of the Canada Life lands. Along with an environmental agenda, the project design was driven in the first instance by its obligation to address this confluence of distinct urban conditions.

Architect: Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg (KPMB) Architects with Stone McQuire Vogt Architects
Location: 180 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Project Area: 270,809 sqf
Project Year: 2007
Photographs: Tom Arban, Eduard Hueber

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 . It is also designated as one Toronto’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

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 Toronto. 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 Toronto 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, Ontario,
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

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

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Today Ryerson University announced the design of a new Student Learning Centre for their 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 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

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

2015 Pan American Games Pavilion / Manuel Gross + Patrik Staub + Stefan Vetsch + Yannick Vorberg

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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, . Follow after the break for a comprehensive write up and additional images of their competition entry.