Bing Thom Architects and Ronald Lu & Partners Company Ltd. chosen to design Opera House in Hong Kong.
The West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (WKCDA) recently announced the appointment of two Hong Kong-born architects to collaborate on the architectural design of the Xiqu (Chinese Opera) Centre, one of the landmark cultural venues for the West Kowloon Cultural District, scheduled for commissioning in 2016. The two lead architects, Bing Thom in Vancouver and Ronald Lu of Hong Kong, have formed a joint venture partnership called Bing Thom Architects and Ronald Lu & Partners Company Ltd. and will work with the WKCDA over the next four years to design and deliver a world-class facility for the preservation, development and promotion of this important art form of Chinese cultural heritage in Hong Kong. The Xiqu Centre will be the first of 17 core arts and cultural venues to be opened within the District. The venue will provide a platform for the Xiqu communities to interact, develop and produce the finest examples of Cantonese and other Chinese opera performances, attract new audiences, and educate and collaborate with and host international cultural programs. Occupying a prime site of 13,800 square metres on the corner of Canton Road and Austin Road West, the centre will provide a gateway of access to the Cultural District. Early concept designs illustrate that the building will provide a striking entrance, a lantern for the District, employing the Moongate traditional Chinese motif and a dynamic treatment of the façade. Its flow or “qi” is expressed with curvilinear paths and forms. The architecture incorporates a generous amount of public leisure space in addition to 2,000 square metres of training and education facilities, two superbly designed auditoria for 1,100 and 400 seats (the latter to be developed in Phase 2) respectively, and a traditional Tea House for performances for audiences up to 280. The design team was picked unanimously by a jury panel made up of prominent leaders in the relevant professional and cultural sectors in Hong Kong and internationally.
Michael Maltzan selected to design Inuit Art and Learning Centre for the Winnipeg Art Gallery.
Award-winning American architect Michael Maltzan has been selected to design the Inuit Art and Learning Centre (IALC) at the Winnipeg Art Gallery (WAG). The Centre will house both the WAG’s celebrated collection of contemporary Inuit art, the largest of its kind in the world, and the studio art and learning programs. Michael Maltzan will be the prime and design architect for this historic project, and supporting his team will be Cibinel Architects Ltd. led by principal George Cibinel, acting as the associate and technical architect in Winnipeg. This past August, 65 prospective architectural teams from 15 countries responded to the call for expressions of interest for the IALC project. Founded in 1995, Los Angeles-based Michael Maltzan Architecture has designed a wide range of arts, educational, commercial, institutional, civic and residential projects worldwide. Notable projects include Inner-City Arts, San Francisco State University’s Mashouf Performing Arts Center, MoMA-QNS, New Carver Apartments, Pittman Dowell Residence, Regen Projects, and the Hammer Museum Billy Wilder Theater. George Cibinel, the principal of Cibinel Architects Ltd., has an impressive record of outstanding design, including major academic and cultural buildings for the University of Manitoba, University of Winnipeg, Red River College, Franco-Manitoban Heritage Centre, Brandon University, and the Manitoba Pavilion for the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. George Baird, founding partner, Baird Sampson Neuert Architects, headed the WAG’s national selection committee. Other members of the committee included: Stephen Borys, Executive Director, WAG; Herbert Enns, Director, Experimental Media Research Group, Professor of Architecture, University of Manitoba, and Director, Cisco Innovation Centre for Collaborative Technologies, University of Winnipeg; Naomi Levine, lawyer and President, WAG Board of Governors; Brigitte Shim, Principal, Shim-Sutcliffe Architects, Inc.; Richard Yaffe, Partner, Aikins, MacAulay & Thorvaldson, LLP, and Chair, WAG Foundation; and Mirko Zardini, Executive Director and Chief Curator, Canadian Centre for Architecture. The development of the Inuit Art and Learning Centre is part of the WAG’s Centennial Legacy project, which will be supported by the Gallery’s upcoming capital and endowment campaign. A national Inuit Art Task Force chaired by Stephen Borys has been set up to assist with the development of the program and mandate for the IALC. The Centre will be located adjacent to the existing WAG building, and a groundbreaking for construction is anticipated in 2014.
Patkau Architects appointed to design Audain Art Museum in Whistler.
A new art museum planned for Whistler will be designed by internationally renowned Patkau Architects Inc. of Vancouver. John and Patricia Patkau, both members of the Order of Canada, have been recognized for their award-winning projects in many parts of Canada and abroad. In 2012 the Patkaus’ work was represented in the Five North American Architects exhibition in the international section of the 2012 Venice Biennale for Architecture. Thirteen of their projects have received Governor General’s Awards for Architecture, but they have never been invited before to undertake a cultural project in British Columbia. “We are delighted that John and Pat have agreed to undertake this commission,” said Museum board member Jim Moodie. He added, “It will, no doubt, result in an exciting building which will add to the diversity of things to enjoy in Whistler.”
LMN Architects awarded two Canadian convention centre projects.
Following the recent accolades for the award-winning, LEED Platinum-certified Vancouver Convention Centre in Vancouver, Seattle-based LMN Architects is expanding its international presence in the convention centre arena with two new projects in Winnipeg and London, Ontario. The Winnipeg project is a high-profile, multi-storey expansion of the current Winnipeg Convention Centre, and will include an upper-level exhibit hall, incorporating a signature event room dubbed the City Room--which extends over York Avenue, along with a ballroom, new pre-function spaces, and support areas on the adjacent expansion site. Team selection included a two-stage North American competition. The selected team consists of design-build contractor Stuart Olson Dominion Construction Ltd., developer Matthews Southwest, and LMN leading the design with local Winnipeg architectural firms Number TEN Architectural Group and LM Architectural Group. LMN was also selected to complete a space-needs analysis and utilization recommendations for the London Convention Centre, where they will collaborate with feasibility analysis firm HLT Advisory, Inc. and Toronto-based design firm Dialog. The team was selected by the London Convention Centre to evaluate the existing facility and regional competition venues, and determine what improvements can be undertaken to increase space utilization and event revenue.