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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...
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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.
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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

Gold
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. 
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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.
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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.   




Silver

Designers: Hariri Pontarini Architects and Young + Wright Architects/IBI Group Architects
Project: University of Waterloo, School of Pharmacy
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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.




Bronze

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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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The Master Plan seeks to unify the campus and connect it more effectively with the surrounding urban context of Vancouver.



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Architecture – Residential

Gold
Designer: Teeple Architects Inc.
Project: 60 Richmond East Housing Development

03_01_Gold-60-richmond-east-1-60 Richmond East Housing Development is the first co-operative housing development to be built in Toronto in almost 20 years. Ground-breaking in its architectural aesthetic and sustainable philosophy, 60 Richmond is an urban infill project that incorporates a dynamic building program and Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) initiatives.

A dedicated team of stakeholders spearheaded a process of innovation and responsibility that would inform all aspects of this project from its initial conception to its occupancy in March 2010.

These stakeholders include: the City of Toronto municipal government, the Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC), the Co-operative Housing Federation of Toronto (CHFT), UNITE HERE, Local 75 - the hospitality workers’ union and the Local 75 Housing Co-operative Inc. – the body established to specifically manage 60 Richmond East. 60 Richmond East is home to individuals and families displaced from Regent Park, one of the city’s largest social housing projects. As part of this major revitalization, the project is specifically geared to housing workers in the hospitality and food industry who are employed in downtown Toronto.




Silver

Designer: ArchitectsAlliance
Project: Sackville-Dundas Apartments - Regent Park Revitalization Phase 1

03_03_Silver-sackville-dundas-1 This rent-geared-to-income residential project, at the corner of Dundas and Sackville Streets, addresses the needs of families with children, and the elderly; two important groups within the Regent Park community.

An eight-storey mid-rise building houses 75 family units, including two-storey townhouse units at grade, while an adjacent 22- storey tower contains 150 units for senior individuals and couples.

The buildings are linked by a two-storey podium programmed with retail space, indoor amenity space for families and rooftop outdoor amenity space for the elderly. Indoor amenities for seniors are situated on the 8th floor of the tower.

As the template for the redevelopment of the Regent Park community, the Sackville-Dundas Apartments fulfill the following objectives of the Regent Park redevelopment, and the City of Toronto Official Plan: accommodate diverse housing types; articulate a convincing and urbane response to density; enrich the public realm; and integrate a broad range of sustainable design strategies, including a heating and cooling co-generation plant that, once fully built-out, will serve the entire 70-acre Regent Park redevelopment area.03_04_Silver-sackville-dundas-2




Bronze

Designer: L WILLIAMSONWILLIAMSON INC.
Project: House in Frogs Hollow


The House in Frogs Hollow, a 2000SF residence completed in August 2009, is located in Grey Highlands, Ontario on a long slope of the Niagara Escarpment overlooking Georgian Bay.

The clients, who gather at the property throughout the year, are avid cyclists who spent months on the property prior to construction camping and cutting in discreet mountain biking trails. A primary site strategy was therefore to resist the inclination to build on the tops of the hills and instead carve out a footprint at the base of the hillside.
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The house is not the final destination, but a stopping place within their network of activity. The house’s connection to the land is reinforced not only by its architectural form, but also in its environmental footprint. The house is heated with radiant floor loops that supplement passive winter heat gain from south facing windows.

There is also no mechanical cooling. Instead, the stair tower and operable windows facilitate passive ventilation that draws cool air through the house from shaded exterior areas. Natural materials and pigments were used.

03_06_Bronze-house-in-Frogs-2A common thread in all WILLIAMSONWILLIAMSON projects is the use of digital fabrication techniques in a manner that privileges material exploration and critically engages traditional modes of construction. In the House in Frogs Hollow this technique was used to create the innovative cladding system and stair enclosure.




Honourable Mention
Designer: Bevanda Architecture Inc.
Project: Elenko Residence

Completed in May 2010 and located on the shores of Lake Osoyoos, in the South Okanagan, this single-family residence was designed to enhance the owner's recreational life style.
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The house is located on a very narrow lot, limited by the setbacks to a 30 x 50 footprint. Designing the Elenko residence was an opportunity to experiment with a compact footprint, a challenging compact site and to engage with an owner, committed to solving the physical constraints of his property with a creative architectural solution.

The building aesthetics is intended to be a simple and functional solution that responds to the Semi Desert Climate, the projects economic restraints and the waterfront context. Due to the constraint of the site, spaces were stacked on one another creating a two-storey home, with a roof garden for relaxing or entertaining.
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The building incorporates passive strategies to control heat gain and to minimize energy consumption. Natural ventilation relieves the house of heat gain by allowing a breeze to form between the lower and upper windows.




Honourable Mention
Designer: superkül Inc | architect
Project: Marlborough House

The original house was unremarkable in a number of ways; a typical semi-detached house from the early 20th century it had small rooms and darker finishes that made it feel smaller than it was for a lack of light.
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The owner, originally from a small island in the Caribbean, was interested in creating a house that made a strong connection to the landscape and streetscape, and a fluid live-work dynamic for her and her family in what was a relatively small footprint.

The project is chiefly a renovation, with a small addition on the third floor. The design strategy revolved around drawing additional light, air and views from above. A dramatic three storey space in the middle of the house is topped by skylights, and suffuses all three floors with light; operable skylight vents in the north slope of the roof create a stack effect that passively ventilates and cools the house.
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There are views of the neighbourhood and the sky from every point on the ground, second and third floors.




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Interior Design - Commercial

Gold
Designer: Burdifilek
Project: Brown Thomas Luxury Hall
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A newly created department within the historic Dublin Street Flagship, the Luxury Hall, dedicated to fine jewellery, watches and luxury gifts required a signature space that referenced the sophisticated modernism of the Brown Thomas brand. The intent was to strengthen the department store’s positioning as Ireland’s luxury shopping destination in the heart of Dublin.

The materiality of the product is further reflected in recurring sculptural installations. Hand-articulated in polished nickel, Bertoia-inspired installations by Toronto-based artisan Dennis Lin infuse the interior volume with a kinetic energy.

Extending floor to ceiling, rods appear to be elegantly captured in suspended animation. Columns clad in tinted antiqued mirror further reflect the polished nickel sculptures, maximizing its visual impact. The glass perimeter wall employed a custom engineered system to suspend glass display boxes in a vertical plane of glass seemingly without structural support. The design also enabled lighting to be brought to the suspended boxes invisibly.
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Gold

Designer: Yabu Pushelberg
Project: AVENUE ROAD SHOWROOM – 415 Eastern Avenue
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The mandate for this growing furniture retailer was to drastically increase their floor space in order to more accurately represented the collections they carry, but in doing so create a truly unprecedented client experience.

Creating a contemporary furniture showroom while revitalizing the historically significant Consumers Gas building at 415 Eastern Ave. Toronto, meant maximizing the showroom floor area, without detracting from the overall potential of the space.

The design’s foundation was in the 103 year old building and nearly all of the historically relevant attributes were maintained or recreated. Albeit laborious, this meant much less materials in order to complete the building.

Achieving the optimal showroom floor space required two key exercises. Excavating and removing a vast amount of material in the existing lower level and recreating and installing an additional supporting metal truss in the roof structure. These two elements allowed for three usable floors totaling nearly 15,000 square feet. A glass atrium bisecting all three floors connects the space and integrates shelving for accessories. Every level is visible from the other, so too are the buildings original architectural features.

The addition space allowed for greater representation of current collections and the ability for the client to add exclusive new collections has made a much greater impact and contributed to additional sales. Providing an expanded and inspiring work environment for a doubling of their staff was yet another consideration.




Bronze
Designer: Dialogue 38
Project: Guu Izakaya
05_06_Bronze-guu-izakaya-1The small and intimate space is intended as an informal eatery. Seating spaces are tight and informal, the bumping of elbows is not uncommon, nor are the conversations between strangers in this watering hole.

Comprised mainly of long communal tables and counter seats at both the bar and front lines of the bustling open kitchen. This unique exposed kitchen concept and layout works fluidly with the unusual GUU experience where the chef and staff joyously and exuberantly greet every single person entering and exiting the establishment constantly as the afternoon spills into the late nights, to maintain a perpetual energy infused atmosphere.

Maintaining the informality and dimly lit space are an assortment of exposed bulbs hanging at various heights. These are custom creations of refurnished materials and compliment the reclaimed barn board that is used throughout the space. Since it’s opening, the reviews of the food and atmosphere have gar- nered accolades among the press and food fanatics alike. While the neighbourhood has been revived with the addition of this streetscape gem as lively and hungry individuals flock outside all evening, anxious to calm their cravings.
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Designer: Munge Leung
Project: AME

Ame, named by Toronto Life as one of Toronto’s top five Best New Restaurants of 2010, made its debut on the opening night of the Toronto International Film Festival in 2009. Now, just one year later, Ame was once again the hotspot at this year’s festival.
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This supper club, known for its unique take on the modern Japanese gastronomic experience, is now set to become one of Toronto’s premier "destinations” offering a ‘one-stop shop’ for an evening of cocktails, dining and entertainment. Ame’s transcendent space fuses the traditional and the contemporary to create a place that is warm, spacious and striking.
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As part of Ame’s transformation into the ultimate supper club, the dining and lounge area have been opened up to create a more social ambiance, which is ideal for after-dinner lounging and dancing. Ame’s interior design is realized through materiality and an integration of textures and colours to complement the exquisite gastronomical and entertainment experience that Ame is celebrated for.



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Interior Design – Temporary or Portable

Gold
Designers: Hariri Pontarini Architects, Ellis Don: Construction Management, Infinite Stage Design: Production, Event & Talent Management, Operations, Lord Cultural Resources: Programming & Creative, Nüssli: Construction
Project: Ontario House at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games

The Ontario Pavilion (Ontario House) for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games was designed as a physical and experiential gateway to Ontario.
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Evocative, light, shimmering and seductive; Ontario House provided a unique impression of Ontario’s lively character. With an exterior translucent screen projecting varying degrees of visibility, the structure prompted visitors to shift their perception of what defines transparency. As a founding metaphor, Ontario House references Niagara Falls—one of Ontario’s most recognizable icons, and foremost gateways to the province. The Pavilion’s exterior enclosure mimics this energetic flow and misting of water, creating a lively shimmering surface to seduce visitors inside. This Pavilion has been designed to come alive, changing with different light and mood.

The branded message of Ontario (“Play, Live, Succeed”) showcased the creative renewal and flourishing of this province and its citizens. The exterior of the Pavilion was richly animated through the innovative use of a systematic array of continuously up-lit, fabric wrapped panels and curtains of cable rope, integrated with medium resolution digitized LED array walls, capable of displaying large-scale panoramic videos and messaging.

06_02_Gold-ontario-house-2The interior event space—universally accessible—was designed to be completely flexible, while at the same time providing an adaptable and sustainable venue for all activities during the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games.

Gold
Designer: AEDIFICA with SID LEE
Project: MÜVBOX

With the MÜVBOX, you get upscale fast food in a small environmental footprint, that can be installed almost anywhere, just like snack carts and has seating like a diner but dazzles like no other.
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Created out of a recycled shipping container and powered by solar energy, this first application of the MÜVBOX concept in Old Montreal is a modern day reinvention of the old-fashioned canteen.

Each night the MÜVBOX vanishes back into its box becoming an object of modern art through the colorful frescoes on its walls, and unfolds early the next morning at the touch of a button. In less than two minutes the pop-up restaurant opens with a full kitchen, counters and terrace. MÜVBOX made its debut in the Old Port of Montreal.
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Inspired by its predecessors and the Push Button House installation at the 2006 Venice Biennale. This cutting-edge box is made of recyclable and sustainable materials, solar power, local products and eco-friendly efficiencies, all of which are key ingredients of the MÜVBOX brand.

Bronze
Designer: Munge Leung
Pears on the Avenue – Sales Office

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The Sales Office for Pears on the Avenue sits at the very apex of the City’s two most commanding neighbourhoods; Yorkville and The Annex, where the actual boutique condominium will be built.

The soaring ceilings and expansive windows of the Sales Office structure give a sense of the building’s architectural structure and its tremendous sense of openness and airiness.

The design objective of the Pears on the Avenue Sales Office was to reflect the style of the development’s architectural building with its clean, modernist silhouettes that are distinctive and give a timeless sense of warmth and sophistication.

Metal frame details inside the Sales Office finished in a cool white tone becomes an iconic element that is also a highlight of the brilliant architectural composition that defines Pears on the Avenue. Bronze-sales-office-1





Bronze

Designer: Burdifilek
Project: Thompson Sales Centre


06_09_Bronze-Thompson-2The Thompson Residences, located in Toronto’s Downtown art and design district is a new condominium development across the street from the Thompson Hotel; the Group’s first international property.

The design concept required the articulation of an atmosphere that is a concise expression of the lifestyle characterized by the Thompson Hotel Group. The Presentation and Sales Centre needed to reflect and communicate the lifestyle buyers can expect from this caliber of development.

Designed to appeal to the urban sophisticate, the concept behind the Thompson Residences Sales Centre explores a unique aesthetic language, challenging how a condo sales centre should look and feel.

Every detail carefully considered to maximize the impact and fully communicate the branded lifestyle.

The interior space is carved into four distinct areas: the entry, lounge, closing area and model suite; each devised from a singular vocabulary. The Thompson Residences sales centre was executed in a short 5-week timeframe, made possible by the fact that it is housed in a temporary tent, a very unconventional approach for this type of development.
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With a nod to the curb appeal of the future development, the firm’s uniquely creative approach provided a framework within which to transform the tent into a sculptural statement that stands out in the surrounding urban landscape.






Honourable Mention
Designer: Iain Stewart
Project: Moncer Showroom
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Moncer is a high-end flooring company that has remained a family business since its inception eight years ago.

By building their own custom-designed showroom in the town of Jordan—deep in the heart of Ontario's wine region—the company intended to transform the process of shopping for flooring into a destination.

The resulting showroom was designed to both display the company's products and open the consumer's imagination to the possibilities inherent in its wares.

The Moncer Showroom is composed almost entirely from Moncer flooring and paneling products, marking it a rare example of function merging seamlessly with form. The company's decision to build the space, literally, on the strength of its own wood imparts a unique degree of confidence. It is a unique blend of advertising, architecture and interior design.
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Landscape Architecture

Gold
Designer: PWL Partnership Landscape Architects Inc.
Project: Vancouver Convention Centre Expansion Project

The Vancouver Convention Centre Expansion Project is an excellent example of collaboration between design and engineering disciplines to create an outstanding project that excels at providing both public amenity and environmental benefits.

Careful design by the project landscape architects, engineers, and architects produced the largest non-industrial living roof in North America. This living roof, which helped the overall project attain LEED Gold status, improved the building’s energy efficiency, contributes long-absent habitat to the downtown area, and features recycled-blackwater irrigation.
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The landscape architects completed a seamless extension of Vancouver’s iconic seawall and married the disparate architectural forms of the existing and new Convention Centre structures through the use of hardscape materials. A key project objective was to successfully integrate the Convention Centre into the existing identity of British Columbia, as well as to express the Convention Centre’s commitment to sustainability.
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The green approach to the building design is, in part, a response to client demand, but also fits within the social responsibility of the company. In the end, the VCC is kind to the environment, showcases an innovative building and is profitable and self-promoting. While convention centres are typically private buildings, the Vancouver Convention Centre is built into the public infrastructure with Vancouver’s first large plaza for social gatherings and events.

The City of Vancouver’s waterfront walkway/bikeway system wraps around three sides of the Convention Centre complex, connecting this facility with adjacent city open spaces.


Silver
Designer: PLANT Architect Inc.
Project: Dublin Grounds of Remembrance

Dublin Grounds of Remembrance is the competition winning veterans’ park in Dublin, Ohio, wrapping around an 1840’s cemetery.

On a site with no prior military significance, the project eschews the ‘monument’ in favour of promoting the act of habitual walking and gathering to reinforce a collective, community remembrance, and create a new significance for this land.
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Walking permeates life for soldiers and civilians - marching, pacing, wandering, hiking, journeys, parades, processions, and pilgrimages are physical and public acts – participatory acts that restore individuals, commemorate and build community: The Sycamore Grove, copper and bronze Loggia, and Memory Wall, tied together by the Guiderail-lined Walk, define these grounds, and choreograph movement through the site everyday, and on ceremonial days.

Architectural and landscape elements are closely drawn from the cultural and natural history of the site – the cemetery, ravine forest and limestone cliffs – rather than creating an idealized form on the site.
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The project is designed to last through the ages, as it’s meaning is dependent on constant and prolonged usage. The project therefore uses ‘noble’ materials with long life spans — copper, bronze and local limestone. All of the paving is stabilized, self-draining crushed granular ensuring maximum permeability for stormwater and wheelchair accessibility.




Bronze
Designer: West 8 + DTAH
Project: Rees + Simcoe Wavedecks

Following in the footsteps of Spadina WaveDeck, Simcoe and Rees WaveDecks were the second and third urban decks built to create more public space along one of the most heavily used parts of the waterfront.
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Eventually, a series of five WaveDecks will share a common design language, delivering a powerful narrative unique to the Toronto inner harbour. WaveDecks are both pieces of art and highly flexible public space. The stairs act as informal amphitheatre and the varying heights of the deck allow for different vantage points and different experiences of the lake.

Benches along the water’s edge allow people to face the activity on the deck and the street beyond, or to face the water and enjoy the view of Toronto’s inner harbour. In the evening, WaveDecks are lit from below with colourful LED fixtures, creating beautiful effects on the water and highlighting the WaveDeck architecture. In addition to renewing public access to the water’s edge, WaveDecks provide aquatic habitat enhancement.
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The timber design allows the structure to achieve complex geometric forms. The timber beams that span the width of the slips also form the stairs, risers, and treads of the deck. WaveDecks are building the character and identity of Toronto’s waterfront public realm and excitement about the larger revitalization plan to come.

Honourable Mention
Designer: Levitt Goodman Architects Ltd. With Scott Torrance Landscape Architect Inc.
Project: The Centre for Native Child and Family Wellbeing – Rooftop Garden
The project converted a 1980s office building in downtown Toronto into a centre offering social and cultural services for the aboriginal community.
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A green roof was conceived as cultural and ceremonial grounds to charge unused space with vitality; to provide urban aboriginals with access to nature, rituals and customs; and to crown the building with greenery and the sounds of drumming and song to project a healthy aboriginal presence to the city.

The green roof is used for public assemblies and ceremonies, for drumming and circle sessions, as well as for counseling, meetings and playtime. A contemporary iteration of a healing lodge presents aboriginals with the only opportunity to participate in sweat rituals without having to leave the city. Teaching hills and log seating around a fire pit host gatherings, meetings and child play.
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A sacred medicine garden - planted with sweet grass, cedars, sage and tobacco - and a three sisters garden – planted with corn, beans and squash - support cultural heritage and environmental awareness as well as homegrown ceremonial, medicinal and agricultural plants. The green roof increases the site’s useable outdoor space by 642 square meters.




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Urban Design

Silver
Designer: Baird Sampson Neuert architects, Additional Designers
Project: Blackwell Bowick Partnership, EDM Incorporated, Arcturis – Old Post Office Plaza

08_01_Silver-old-post-office-1The winner of an invited architectural competition, Old Post Office Plaza is a key element in co-ordinated public/private initiatives to bring people and vitality back to the centre of St. Louis.

Created by selective demolition of a portion of a block opposite the historic Old Post Office, the Plaza provides a dynamic built and landscape terrain for residents, workers and visitors to enjoy being downtown and to reconnect with the city.

The design incorporates surrounding built features into a dynamic three dimensional stage for public life and gathering inspired by an operatic interpretation of the myth of Daedalus and Icarus. The large figural sculpture, obtained for the project prior to the design competition, entitled the “Torso di Ikaro” by the artist Igor Mitoraj, associates the myth of Daedalus with the Plaza.

The site is organized as a suite of eight urban design elements whose topological relationships and design character engage users with the site, provide complementary conditions of amenity and recall the narrative structure of the myth. The elements of the plaza encourage a varied and continuous urban opera of daily life, and re-interprets the idea of public space for downtown St. Louis.
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Bronze

Designer: Stantec Consulting Ltd. Additional Designers: Durante Kreuk Ltd, Bevanda Architecture Inc, Custom Ice Inc, DNA Irrigation Design, Beacon Consulting Ltd, Ecoscape Environmental Consultants Ltd, Mid-Ocean Studio
Project: Stuart Park, Phase 1

Stuart Park is envisioned to be an all- season civic centerpiece on the waterfront, which showcases the city’s natural beauty and provides an area for community activities and cultural events.
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It is a proud BC Spirit Square – a civic celebration of community spirit and a great waterfront place of local history and legacy. At the heart is an exciting enhancement, a venue for events, activity, and public art – a brownfield site, redeveloped as a park to achieve ecological net gain.
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The objective of the project was to develop an environmentally sustainable urban downtown waterfront park, which provides continuous, multi-modal public access along the waterfront. Accessibility was an important priority and as such the incorporation of a generous seven metre wide promenade, surrounding streetscape connections, and ramps to public art on promontory deck facilitate accessibility throughout. Sustainability was also considered in such features as the ice rink, which is tied into City Hall – heat generated from ice-making is used to heat City Hall during winter.



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