News (May 01, 2002)


Norman Foster at U of T.

Foster + Partners of London have been selected to design a $70 million pharmacy complex at the University of Toronto. Sir Norman Foster’s firm will work with Toronto architects Moffat Kinoshita, and the building is scheduled to be completed by fall 2004. Other shortlisted teams were Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects with Dunlop Architects, both of Toronto, and Tod Williams Billie Tsien & Associates of New York with NORR Architects and Engineers of Toronto. The new building will occupy a prominent site on the University campus at the corner of College Street and Queen’s Park Crescent, near the Richardsonian Romanesque Ontario Legislature. The University of Toronto pharmacy building is Foster’s first project in North America.

Muse du Fjord.

Dupuis Le Tourneux architectes with BCS + M architectes have won a competition to design a 10,000 square foot extension to the Muse du Fjord in La Baie, Quebec. A shield of wooden blades acting as the skin of the new structure will partially filter dramatic views of the woodland surroundings. The program includes three exhibition spaces and a multimedia room, all of which offer flexible configurations to accommodate various exhibitions. Other firms participating in the competition included Pierre Thibault architecte and Galienne et Moisan with N.O.M.A.D.E. The $3.5 million project is scheduled for completion in summer 2003.

KPMB to expand Gardiner Museum.

The Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art, located across the street from the Royal Ontario Museum in downtown Toronto, is planning a $12.8 million expansion and retrofit designed by Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects of Toronto in collaboration with Paola Rocha. One of several cultural projects slated for Toronto, the expansion includes a third floor glass pavilion and outdoor roof terraces that offer panoramic views of the city. A temporary exhibit gallery will be housed on the third floor along with reception space and a restaurant. The ground floor foyer and museum shop will be enlarged and a gallery for Canadian and international ceramics will be added.

Canadians win Japanese competition.

Forsythe + MacAllen Design Associates of Vancouver have won an international design competition for the Northern Style Housing Complex in Aomori, Japan. The project, presented in February to a jury composed of Tadao Ando, Jean Nouvel and representatives of the City of Aomori, consists of 200 housing units, a community centre, day care for infants, children and seniors, shops and restaurants. The winning scheme organizes community spaces at ground level, with housing above designed to maximize flexibility. The project makes use of a variety of sustainable design strategies. The City of Aomori intends to build the project but has yet to establish a schedule. The City recently opened the Aomori Contemporary Art Centre designed by Tadao Ando and the Aomori Art Museum designed by Jun Aoki.


OAA Awards 2002.

The Ontario Association of Architects has announced the winners of its awards scheme for 2002, divided into a variety of categories. Architectural Excellence, Residential A (single family dwelling): Pamensky Residence, Toronto by Julian Jacobs Architects Ltd. (Award); The Beach Residence, Toronto by Ian MacDonald Architect Inc. (Honourable Mention); Country Residence, Orangeville by Markson Borooah Hodgson Architects (Honourable Mention). Residential B (multi-unit): University of Toronto Graduate House, Toronto, by Morphosis Inc./Teeple Architect Inc. in joint venture (Award); District Lofts, Toronto by Architects Alliance (Honourable Mention). Commercial A (less than $5 million): Bar One Restaurant, Toronto by Giannone Associates Architects Inc. (Honourable Mention). Commercial B (greater than $5 million): Jackson-Triggs Niagara Estate Winery, Niagara-on-the-Lake by Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects (Award). Institutional A (less than $10 million): Isabel Bader Theatre, Toronto by Lett/Smith Architects (Award); Centennial College Student Centre, Toronto by Architects Kongats Phillips (now Kongats Architects; Award); Picton Studio, Milford by Hariri Pontarini Architects (Honourable Mention); Eatonville Public Library, Toronto by Teeple Architects Inc. (Honourable Mention); Library of Parliament Swing Space, Ottawa by Schoeler & Heaton Architects Inc. in joint venutre with LeMoyne Lapointe Magne, architectes et urbanistes (Honourable Mention). Institutional B (greater than $10 million): Windsor Regional Cancer Centre, Windsor by Vermeulen/Hind Architects Inc. (Honourable Mention); John + Edna Davenport Building–Lash Miller Chemistry Laboratory at the University of Toronto by Diamond and Schmitt Architects Incorporated (Honourable Mention).

Ideas and Presentations, Image: K2-Bio-remediation of the Toronto Waterfront by Patrick T.Y. Chan Architects (Award); Sectional Lighting Study, Public Atrium, Bahen Centre for Information Technology, University of Toronto by Michael Starr, OAA in collaboration with Dalibor Cizek, Cicada Design, consultant for Diamond and Schmitt Architects Incorporated (Award). Artifact: Paper Tray No. 1 by Liming Rao, Intern Architect (Award); Slide by Johnson Chou (Honourable Mention). Concept: I AM ARCHITECTURE: a virtual world where YOU become the architecture by Jody Bielun, University of Waterloo (Award). Web site: by Young + Wright Architects Inc. (Award); by Johnson Chou (Award); by Taylor Smyth Architects (Honourable Mention).

Innovative Practice: Design Research in Architectural Practice by Salter Farrow Pilon Architects Inc. (Award); Project Database by Dunlop Architects (Honourable Mention). Entrepreneurial Practice: Levine Lauzon Architects (Honourable Mention). 25-Year Award: CN Tower, Toronto by John Andrews Architects/WZMH Architects in joint venture, Edward R. Baldwin, Project Architect (Award); Terminal 1, Lester B. Pearson International Airport, Toronto by John B. Parkin through its successor firm NORR Limited, Architects and Engineers (Award). The Order of da Vinci was awarded to Toronto architect Ted Teshima.

IDIBC 2002 Awards of Excellence.

The Interior Designers Institute of British Columbia has announced the winners of its 2002 Interior Design Awards of Excellence. Office-General: IBM Innovation Centre, Burnaby by Seeton Shinkewski Design Group (Award); B.C. Gas Coastal Facilities, Surrey by Seeton Shinkewski Design Group (Honourable Mention). Office-Construction Under $35/sq. ft.: Sierra Wireless, Richmond by Bunting Coady Associates Inc. (Award). Institutional/Health Care: Smile by Design-Cosmetic Dentistry Offices, Vancouver by Robert M. Ledingham Inc. (Award); Technical University of B.C., Surrey by Architectura (Award). Retail: Open Road Toyota, Richmond by Karo Design Resources Inc. (Award). Hospitality/Restaurant: Open Sesame, Calgary by Barbara McGeough- Blue Design (Award); The Arbutus Club, Vancouver by Architectura (Award); I CAF* by Joey Chan & Associates Inc. (Honourable Mention). Residential- Complete Project: Hawthorne Residence, Vancouver by Mitchell Freedland Design Inc. (Award); Private Residence, Whistler by Robert M. Ledingham Inc. (Award). Special Design Project: Healing Springs Spa, Harrison Hot Springs by BBA Design Consultants Inc. (Award); Bentall Presentation Centre, Vancouver by Gittins & Co. (Honourable Mention); Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver by Architectura & nlm Architect (Honourable Mention); Lai’s Residence Swimming Pool, Vancouver by Joey Chan & Associates Inc. (Honourable Mention). Projects Completed Outside of Canada: The Grand Hotel Lobby, Los Angeles by Mitchell Freedland Design Inc. (Award); Digimax, Taipei, Taiwan by Zero Studio (Honourable Mention). Best of Show: Smile by Design-Cosmetic Dentistry Offices, Vancouver by Robert M. Ledingham Inc. (Award).

Canadian named AIA Honorary Fellow.

Edmonton Architect Barry Johns was ma
de an Honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Architects at this year’s AIA National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. Other honourees included Massimiliano Fuksas, Rome; Paolo Portoghesi, Rome; Hchioh Sang Seung, Seoul; Zheng Shiling, Shanghai; and Michio Sugawara, Tokyo.


Pirelli Tower crash.

Last month, the Pirelli Tower in Milan was struck by a single engine aircraft, killing three people. The plane struck the 25th and 26th floors of the 30-storey building, the tallest in Milan. The Pirelli Tower was designed in the late 1950s by architect Gio Ponti in collaboration with structural engineer Pier Luigi Nervi.