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Competing designs for Canadian Canoe Museum unveiled


September 29, 2015
by Canadian Architect

At a public meeting on September 23, five proposed designs for the Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough were unveiled.

The entry by 5468796 Architecture Inc. of Winnipeg and Moriyama & Teshima Architects of Toronto is a two-storey structure overlaid with a shimmering stainless steel mesh.

The entry by 5468796 Architecture Inc. of Winnipeg and Moriyama & Teshima Architects of Toronto is a two-storey structure overlaid with a shimmering stainless steel mesh.

The designs were by firms shortlisted in a two-stage competition process. The finalists include:Kohn Pederson Fox (New York City), Heneghan Peng Architects (Dublin), Bing Thom Architects (Vancouver) with Lett Architects (Peterborough), Provencher_Roy (Montreal) with NORR (Toronto), 5468796 Architecture Inc. (Winnipeg) with Moriyama & Teshima (Toronto).

Provencher Roy and NORR's design includes three wood-and-glass shells, containing conference, exhibition, and archival spaces respectively.

Provencher Roy and NORR’s design includes three wood-and-glass shells, containing conference, exhibition, and archival spaces respectively.

The construction of a new museum at the Peterborough Lift Lock Historic Site would consolidate two significant tourism and recreation destinations in the region and offer enhanced opportunities for Canadian families, including the opportunity to better explore the canoe’s history in Canada and enjoy the diverse water-related programming and associated activities that can be offered by the Museum at this historic location.

The team of Bing Thom Architects of Vancouver and Lett Architects of Peterborough proposes a sculptural composition in concrete and glass.

The team of Bing Thom Architects of Vancouver and Lett Architects of Peterborough proposes a sculptural composition in concrete and glass.

Parks Canada and the Canoe Museum will now enter into detailed negotiations to determine the terms of their potential partnership. They aim to select a final design this fall.

Heneghan Peng Architects' design is topped by a green roof which emerges from the adjacent landscape.

Heneghan Peng Architects’ design is topped by a green roof which emerges from the adjacent landscape.

This project demonstrates the Government of Canada’s commitment to work with partners and communities to help canals be a premier tourism destination, generate revenue, foster recreation and economic development, and ultimately build strong communities and support Canadian families. For the Canoe Museum, this initiative represents the potential fulfillment of a long-cherished aspiration—the relocation to a new water-based site that will enable wider and more extensive programming.

The design by Kohn Pederson Fox is composed of seven cedar-clad boxes overlooking the water.

The design by Kohn Pederson Fox is composed of seven cedar-clad boxes overlooking the water.

Additional renderings of the five finalist designs can be viewed here.



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