News (June 01, 2002)


Place des Arts competition.

Atelier Big City in association with Studio Maurice Cloutier Designers and artist Andrew Forster have won an architecture and design competition for an outdoor identity program for the Place des Arts cultural complex in Montreal. The competition aimed to find designers who could create more presence for the entrance to the Place des Arts. Atelier Big City’s concept was recognized for its haunting spaciousness, created by combining an illuminated glass marquee with a glass curtain that frames the entrance to the complex. Finalists in the competition included Dupuis Le Tourneux architectes, Claude Maufette, Industrial Designer with Rudi Baur Designer, and Hal Ingberg Architect in collaboration with Stphane Huot, Graphic Designer and Ary Avalanthian, Industrial Designer.

New Canadian War Museum.

The joint venture team of Moriyama & Teshima Architects of Toronto and Griffiths Rankin Cook Architects of Ottawa is designing a new Canadian War Museum for the nation’s capital. The museum will become a significant addition to the Parliamentary precinct, which includes national institutions such as the National Gallery of Canada, the Canadian Museum of Civilization, the Supreme Court of Canada, the National Library and the National Archives. The new design will include expanded exhibition space, a war art gallery, outdoor space for commemorative events, a theatre, storage space, classrooms, a research centre and public amenities. The opening ceremony is planned for May 8, 2005, the 60th anniversary of the end of the Second World War in Europe.

The Big O, as in Office.

Lemay et Associs are the architects for a major renovation at Montreal’s Olympic Stadium. The stadium’s leaning tower will be converted to office space for some 1,500 occupants. The 12-storey tower will comprise 210,363 square feet of office space distributed over floor plates of varying area, from 4,622 square feet at the top to 49,853 square feet at the base. The province of Quebec is contributing $20 million to the the $44.5 million project, with the balance covered by real estate developer Busac Inc., who is taking a 99-year lease on the tower.

The work includes replacing concrete panels with glazed curtain wall, the construction of an additional floor and the expansion of an existing mezzanine, upgrade of services, new high-speed elevators and fibre optic cabling. Only completed 11 years after the city hosted the 1976 Summer Olympics, the Montreal Tower is the world’s highest inclined tower. Rising 175 metres above the city, the tower is constructed of concrete up to 92 metres and then of steel to the summit.

Canadian Diplomatic Complex, Seoul.

The Government of Canada has selected Zeidler Grinnell Partnership/Architects of Toronto with Associate Architects Jacek and Barbara Vogel of Toronto, along with Korean architects Art International Ltd., to design the new Canadian Diplomatic Complex in Seoul, South Korea. The project includes a 4,000 square metre Chancery, a 2,000 square metre Staff Quarters and underground facilities. The project is scheduled for completion in 2006.


Murcutt wins Pritzker.

Glenn Murcutt is the recipient of the 2002 Pritzker Architecture Prize. Murcutt works as a sole practitioner in Sydney, Australia, primarily in the design of environmentally sensitive houses. He lists Mies van der Rohe, Alvar Aalto and Pierre Chareau among his influences. Ada Louise Huxtable, one of the Pritzker Prize jurors, noted that “[he] has become a living legend… with skills drawn from nature and the most sophisticated design traditions of the modern movement.” Glenn Murcutt was Keynote Speaker at last year’s Convocation of Fellows at the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Festival of Architecture in Halifax.

2002 AIBC Awards.

The Architectural Institute of British Columbia has announced the winners of the 2002 Awards for Excellence in Architecture. Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia Medals in Architecture went to: Busby + Associates Architects, Nicola Valley Institute of Technology, Merrit B.C.; Kobayashi + Zedda Architects, Teslin Tlingit Cultural Centre, Teslin, Yukon; nlm Architect and Architectura Planning Architecture Interiors Inc., Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver; Architectura Planning Architecture Interiors Inc. for the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver; Arthur Erickson with Nick Milkovich Architects Inc. for the Waterfall Building, Vancouver; and Busby + Associates in association with Van Nostrand DiCastri Architects for York University Computer Science Building, Toronto. Merit Awards went to: Proscenium Architecture + Interiors Inc., Queen Elizabeth Theatre Salons Addition, Vancouver; Neale Staniszkis Doll Adams Architects, Thunderbird Community Centre Addition, Vancouver; Architectura Planning Architecture Interiors Inc. with Walter Francl Architect Inc., Braid Street Skytrain Station, Coquitlam, B.C. Special Jury Award for Architectural Restoration: owner/renovator Douglas Field for Arthur Erickson’s Filberg House (1959). Innovation Award: Paul Kernan Architect, Best Practices Guide–Material Choices for Sustainable Design. Barbara Dalrymple Memorial Award for Community Service: Farouk Noormohamed, FNDA Architecture Inc., for advising British Columbia’s Ismaili community, lectures on Islamic architecture and promoting awareness of cross-cultural understanding in the province.

2002 Prairie Design Awards

The 2002 Praire Design Awards were bestowed at the RAIC Festival of Architecture in Winnipeg early in June. Awards of Excellence: John Brown Architect Ltd. in association with Stantec Architecture Ltd., Millennium Tower, Calgary; Marc Boutin Architect, Chisholm House, Calgary; Peter Lawrence Wood Studio, Newzones Gallery of Contemporary Art, Calgary. Awards of Merit: Stantec Architecture Ltd., Telus Plaza Redevelopment, Edmonton; Stechesen Katz Architects, WTN, the Women’s Television Network Offices, Winnipeg. Unbuilt Work: Marc Boutin Architect, Truss House, Pender Island, British Columbia; Syverson Monteyne Architecture, Climate Change Field Station, Winnipeg. Student Work: Travis Cooke, University of Manitoba, Hybrid Production.

Wall Centre Best New Skyscraper.

One Wall Centre in Vancouver has been selected Best New Skyscraper of 2001, as determined by a poll of visitors to the Web site Designed by Vancouver’s Busby + Associates Architects, One Wall Centre was selected as “the best new skyscraper of the year for design and functionality” from a field of 97 nominees representing all the buildings in the world over 100 metres in height completed in 2001. The two runners-up were the Polshek Partnership’s Millennium Point in New York and Plaza 66 in Shanghai by Kohn Pedersen Fox. The award was presented at One Wall Centre in May.


Jardin de Mtis temporary gardens.

This summer marks the third edition of the Reford Gardens/Jardins de Mtis International Garden Festival in Matane, Quebec. This year’s festival features UK… OK!, an exhibition of three temporary gardens by British designers Bonita Bulaitis, Paul Cooper and Christopher Bradley-Hole. Six additional temporary gardens by designers from the U.S., Italy and Quebec include The You Are Here Garden by Christopher Bruce Matthews and Taco Iwashima, Ombre by Marco Antonini, Roberto Capecci et Raffaella Sini, Catimini by Charlotte Gaudette and Emmanuelle Tittley, Rflexions colores by Hal Ingberg, A garden is never finished… by Marie-Claude Massicotte and Raquel Penalosa and Garden Party by Atelier Big City.