June 26, 2013
by Canadian Architect
Developed by the Newfoundland Historic Trust, the Southcott Awards recognize excellence in the preservation of the architectural heritage of Newfoundland and Labrador. The program commends those who demonstrate excellence in building design, restoration and preservation.
Located in one of the most historic fishing communities of St. John’s, the Quidi Vidi Village Plantation was created to connect artists to the general public. The two-storey, 4,600-square-foot building was built to reflect the traditional fishing stages and fishing rooms that have occupied the site since the 1600s. A unique collaboration between cultural heritage and modern-day craft, the Plantation serves as a craft incubator for emerging artists in Newfoundland and Labrador.
“To be recognized as contributing to the built environment of such a significant historical and picturesque community is an honour,” says Paul Chafe, Stantec’s Lead Designer for the project. “It’s the sort of project that, as designers, we dream of: a fantastic site, an engaging program and a great client relationship.”
The Plantation is a municipal project for the City of St. John’s, consisting of a cultural centre, a new wharf featuring a boat docking area designed for boat design instruction, as well as open gathering areas for the public. A bridge was also designed to connect the Plantation to the East Coast Trail and other walking trails linking the entire city of St. John’s.
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