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The Design Exchange (DX) announced yesterday, in Toronto, the 2009 winners of the Design Exchange Awards. This national design competition is open to professional designers across Canada working in a r...
As we did last year, we are pleased to announce the winners of the 2010 winners of Canada’s National Design Exchange Awards. This nationwide competition is open to all types of professional designers and business’ across Canada working in a range of design disciplines. All winners are on display in an extensive exhibition at the Design Exchange from until March 27th, 2011.
As explained by the organizers, the Design Exchange Awards promote Canadian design excellence and recognizes the critical role of design in all types of organizations – national & international. The Awards celebrate the success stories achieved through close partnerships between clients and designers. Projects are recognized for balancing function, aesthetics, and economic success.

While awards were presented in 12 categories, we will report on the ones that revolve around our own subjects of interest, namely Architecture, Interiors, Landscape architecture, and Urban Design.
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Architecture – Commercial

Designers: RDH Architects Inc. with Shoalts & Zaback Architects Ltd. and E.R.A Architects
Project: Bloor/Gladstone Branch Library

The Bloor/Gladstone Branch library project is a renovation and addition to a listed heritage library in downtown Toronto. 
The architects were commissioned to design for an additional 12000 square feet, bringing the collection and facilities to a level consistent with that of a Toronto District Library.  The final design includes major renovations to the existing building as well as the construction of an addition.

Sustainable initiatives include updated energy efficient mechanical systems and lighting throughout, two green roof systems, a reduction in city storm water demand, permeable paving along exit paths, significant planting of domestic shrubs, grasses and 19 new trees, the use of low v.o.c. materials and large extents of energy efficient glazing for an abundance of natural light throughout.
This project transforms a tired heritage library into a functioning, interactive, contemporary institution.   Since its opening in 2009, the Bloor/Gladstone Branch has met with public approval and praise and circulation has more then doubled.   


Designers: Hariri Pontarini Architects and Young + Wright Architects/IBI Group Architects
Project: University of Waterloo, School of Pharmacy
The University of Waterloo School of Pharmacy was designed and built to provide a suitable learning environment for students and faculty, act as a catalyst for its immediate community, and present the City of Kitchener with a distinct landmark.

A public and private partnership between the City of Kitchener and University of Waterloo, formed in 2003, created an opportunity for the City to offer the land and funding to obtain a facility that would offer an imperative education, pharmaceutical services to the community, and would also present a landmark on the urban landscape. The result is a hybrid of school and clinic that sets an important precedent for future developments in this realm.

The project incorporates a rich program, mixing faculty and student laboratories, lecture and seminar rooms, an auditorium, an herbarium, a family clinic, and a commercial pharmacy. Sited in the Warehouse District of Kitchener, the new building aided the rejuvenation of the downtown core with the inclusion of students, faculty and community. By the means of a poured- on-site concrete structure, illustrated glass skin, ground floor café and curved north façade, the design responds appropriately to the active urban surroundings, while sustainable features were implemented to solve urban construction issues that were imposed on the designated site.


Designers: Architectural Design Collaborative: Adamson Associates Architects and Sweeny Sterling Finlayson &Co Architects Inc., Production Architect: Adamson Associates Architects, Green Building Sciences Consultant: Sweeny Sterling Finlayson &Co Architects
Project: Telus Tower
TELUS House is an obvious and inviting extension of the public realm both inside and outside. York, Bremner. and Union Square extend naturally into and through the building and by extension merge into one large public space.

The new public realm is further enhanced by an on-grade, naturally illuminated PATH extension with direct access into a new South Entrance to Canada’s busiest transportation hub: Union Station. TELUS, Menkes and the architects worked together to raise the bar on human comfort, flexibility, sustainability and functionality.

The PATH links York and Bay Streets indoors for the first time south of the tracks. TELUS House is bringing real balance to the former Railway Lands as the first new commercial office building in more than 3 decades south of the tracks.

Balance was very much needed. The public nature of the building and its amenities will encourage both TELUS and the owners to further engage the public in meaningful ways.

Honourable Mention

Designer: Cibinel Architects Ltd.
Project: H2Office

Smartpark’s vision is to build “a community of innovators.” H2Office serves to strengthen this vision through both its process and aesthetic, pushing the boundaries of the expected and positioning Smartpark and its tenants as innovative collaborators within a global community.
By challenging the standard planning principles of the business park subdivision, H2Office is a building that blurs architecture, landscape, water management and sustainability. The idea of the “building as bridge” emerged, breaking the boundaries of the predefined lot lines and positioning the structure directly above water, building on a site that is otherwise unbuildable.
The design team worked closely with both clients and builders, initiating an integrated design process to meet the challenges of the envisioned building typology. Through a truly collaborative approach, a solution was reached whereby the construction process worked in tandem with Winnipeg’s harsh winter climate by using the ice of the frozen pond as a work surface from which they could drive structural piles in the ground and ultimately erect the building structure.

Honourable Mention

Designer: Teeple Architects Inc. with IBI/HB Architects
Project: Langara Student’s Union

The Langara Students’ Union building (LSU) is an example of formalism that is driven to meet two main criteria: environmental performance and social interactivity. The College has approximately 23,000 students and this project is at the geographic heart of the campus.
The program includes: study lounges, a restaurant, student union offices and other administrative offices. The LSU building uses an innovative system called Thermenex for thermal energy exchange. It is an innovative use of a fluid filled pipe with a temperature gradient that performs as a thermal energy hub.

No heat is rejected from a building until there is more thermal energy than the building needs and no heat is added to a building until it has used all of its own thermal energy. The design and construction of the LSU building and complete renovation of Academic Building C marks the second phase in an ongoing transformation of the college into a sustainable campus, as prescribed in the 25 year Master Plan.
The Master Plan seeks to unify the campus and connect it more effectively with the surrounding urban context of Vancouver.

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