News (August 01, 2002)


Niagara Winery by Gehry.

A new partnership between Boisset, La Famille des Grands Vins of Nuits-St-Georges, France and Canadian vintners Vincor International has commissioned Los Angeles-based Frank O. Gehry and Associates Inc. to design a winery on a 137-acre site near Jordan in Ontario’s Niagara region, to be called Le Clos Jordan.

Unveiled last month at a press conference held on the future site of the winery, Gehry’s design features curvilinear white plaster walls and an undulating metal roof intended to reflect the natural landscape and the sky. The building, whose structure will consist primarily of wood, will be hidden from view, set back 1,500 feet from the nearest road. Discrete sections of the structure will accommodate the various phases of winemaking, from crushing through barrel fermentation and bottling. Facilities will include a tasting lounge, a wine boutique and a glass-enclosed gathering area in the cellar to be organized around a central great hall from which each area would be visible. Floor-to-ceiling columns punctuate the three-storey space, through which a series of catwalks and pathways will allow visitors to tour the facility without obstructing the production process. Construction is set to begin in 2005, and the first vintages of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are expected to be released in 2006 and 2007 respectively.

Riverdale Hospital Transformation.

A new health services campus is planned for the transformation of the Riverdale Hospital and the historic Don Jail at Broadway Avenue and Gerrard Street in Toronto. To be called Bridgepoint Health, it will comprise facilities for rehabilitation, continuing care and long-term care. A three-phase, five-year construction program that begins in Spring 2003 starts with the construction of the long-term care facility and the entrance pavilion that will connect to the hospital. The original Don Jail, designed by architect William Thomas and opened in 1858, will be developed to house administrative and other public spaces.

KPMB at the RCM.

Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects of Toronto are designing a new Performance and Learning Centre and overseeing the restoration of the historic McMaster Hall at the Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) in Toronto. The new Centre will include a 1,000-seat multi-purpose concert, lecture and cinema facility with four floors of program/educational space including studios, classrooms and a new media technology centre. Acousticians ARTEC of New York will team up with KPMB, as they did on the retrofit of Roy Thompson Hall. Construction is set to begin in September 2003 for a September 2005 opening.

Robert A.M. Stern in Toronto.

New York architect Robert A.M. Stern will design what is being touted as Toronto’s most luxurious condominium residence at the north-east corner of Charles and St. Thomas Streets. The proposal includes a 28-storey tower, featuring multiple set-backs for large open terraces and a three-storey limestone facade. Three-storey townhomes will face Charles Street. Stern is Dean of the Yale School of Architecture, the author of several books and founder and senior partner of Robert A.M. Stern Architects. Other Stern projects in Canada include the Environmental Sciences Research Centre at Acadia University, Wolfville, Nova Scotia and the Edgewater Apartments, West Vancouver, B.C.

Gdansk shipyard project, Poland.

Lord Norman Foster, Richard Meier and Zvi Hecker are among 30 architects invited to redevelop the historic shipyard in Gdansk, Poland. The former Lenin Shipyard, where in 1980 Lech Walesa started the Solidarity movement, will be turned into a state-of-the-art international business and entertainment centre called the Young City. A Canadian architect, Daniel Karpinski of Toronto, designed a 23,000 m2 new urban block containing a multiplex cinema, a commercial retail complex, and 260 rental units of live/work apartments. The multiplex centre–which is wrapped in unfolding roofs resembling film tape–is intended as an ironic comment on the socialist cinema industry as a propaganda tool. The project, prepared in collaboration with Natalie Tan, was on display this past July at the UIA Congress in Berlin, Germany.


2002 Ontario Concrete Design Awards.

Winners of the 2002 Ontario Concrete Design Awards for Architectural Merit are Richard Stevens Architects Ltd. for Bayview Station, TTC Sheppard Subway (cast-in-place concrete), and Page & Steele Architects Planners for the Prince Arthur Condominiums (precast concrete). Awards for Structural Design Innovation went to Yolles Partnership Inc. for Leslie Station, TTC Sheppard Subway (cast-in-place concrete) and McCormick Rankin Corporation for Bronte Creek Bridge, Highway 407 (precast concrete). Material Development and Innovation Awards went to Lafarge Construction Materials for the Forks of the Thames Revitalization (cast-in-place concrete).

2002 Ontario Steel Design Awards.

The Toronto Western Hospital–Project 2003 designed by Dunlop Architects Inc. of Toronto with Murphy Hilgers Architects Inc. has been chosen as the outstanding steel structure in the Architecture category at this year’s Ontario Steel Design Awards. An Honourable Mention in the Architecture category went to Town & Country BMW Dealership, designed by Carson Woods Architects Limited.

2002 UIA Prizes.

Recipients of the four prizes awarded by the Union internationale des architectes this year are: Sir Norman Foster for the 2002 Auguste Perret Prize (technology applied to architecture); Group 91 Architects for the 2002 Sir Patrick Abercrombie Prize (town planning or territorial development); Manuel Tainha and Elias Zenghelis for the 2002 Jean Tschumi Prize, as well as a mention for the authors of the World Architecture: A Critical Mosaic book series (architectural education and architectural criticism); Jusin Kilcullen and Jaime Lerner for the 2002 Sir Robert Matthew Prize, with a mention to Kooperation GdW-BDA-DST (improvement in the quality of human settlements). The prizes are named after the Union’s first presidents.


Venice Biennale in Architecture.

A project that combines architectural photography, video and sound work has been selected to represent Canada at the 2002 Venice Biennale in Architecture. Entitled Next Memory City, it will be made up of three components: Michael Awad’s Chinatown, a long horizontal photograph depicting life in Toronto’s Chinatown; David Rokeby’s Watch, a video-based installation in which images of pedestrians in Venice are projected onto large video screens in the centre of the pavilion; and a sound work by Eve Egoyan, which is being created in collaboration with David Rokeby. Next Memory City will be presented in collaboration between Toronto media arts centre InterAccess and Alphabet City, a media collective recognized for its art books and conferences.

The Canada Council for the Arts and the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT) are working in partnership in the administration and support of Canada’s architectural representation in Venice. The National Gallery of Canada maintains the permanent Canadian pavilion in Venice, and the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal plays a consulting role.

Financial support is provided by the Canada Council and DFAIT. The Biennale runs from September 8 to November 3.

OCAD degrees.

The Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto has announced that it has received official status to confer the degrees of Bachelor of Fine Art and Bachelor of Design in addition to its four-year diplomas in art and design.