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APR 4, 2013

OAA's 2013 Best in Design Winners Unveiled

OAA’s 2013 best in design winners unveiled


staff writer

The Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) has honoured the best in architectural design in its 2013 awards program.

A total of 15 new projects built in the province and elsewhere have been recognized in the design excellence category.

Winners range from sustainable single-family houses to redevelopment of key cultural and civic destinations.

The awards will be presented May 10 during the association’s celebration of excellence gala at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

Recipients of design excellence awards are:

— Assuta Medical Centre, Tel Aviv, Israel: with Moore Architects Ltd. and M. Brestovisky Architects & Urban Design. Conceived as a “healing” village, the 500,000-square-foot project is envisioned as a model for sustainable healthcare facilities. The first phase was completed in 2009.

— Cedarvale ravine house, Toronto: Drew Mandel Architects. The 3,350-square-foot infill house sits on a midtown residential street, but opens to protected woodlands at the rear of the property. A glass-enclosed, single-storey space is at the rear.

— Centre for Green Cities, Evergreen Brickworks, Toronto: Diamond Schmitt Architects Inc. Designed to achieve LEED Platinum certification, the five-storey building is the centrepiece of a project that involved the adaptive reuse of a brownfield heritage site in Toronto’s Don Valley.

— Claire and Marc Bourgie Pavilion of Quebec and Canadian Art, Montreal: Provencer Roy + Associés Architectes. The $28.8 million project involved both creation of new museum space and restoration of a heritage church.

— Clear Lake cottage, Sequin Township: MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects Ltd. The four-season cottage was designed to blend in with the rural character of the quiet lake community and provide a “clean and modern” environment that engages the landscape and captures a “cottage feel.”

— Division 11, Toronto: Stantec Architecture Ltd., architects; E.R.A. Architects Inc. (heritage consultant). The Toronto Police Service project integrates a historic school building with a two-storey, contemporary structure. Sustainable design features were incorporated in the project.

— House on the Bluffs, Toronto: Taylor Smyth Architects. Perched on a dramatic site in Scarborough, the light-filled residence was built on the foundations of a 1960s home. Reuse of the foundation and basement walls saved time and cost.

— Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, Los Angeles: Belzberg Architects. The 32,000-square-foot, subterranean building is LEED Gold certified. The architects took steps to limit the museum’s carbon footprint.

— Place des Festivals + Vitrines habitées Quartier des spectacles, Montreal: Daoust Lestage inc. architecture design urbain. Situated in a previously derelict area, the public space hosts festivals and urban entertainment.

— Regent Park Aquatic Centre Toronto: MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects Ltd. Conceived as a park pavilion, the $14.8 million aquatic centre is a key civic amenity in the revitalization of the once marginalized neighbourhood.

— Rotman School of Management, Toronto: KPMB Architects. The 15,000-square-foot expansion is directly connected to the original Rotman building and integrates a Victorian-era residence.

— Ryerson Image Centre/School of Image Arts, Toronto: Diamond Schmitt Architects Inc. The project involved renovation and expansion of a 100,000-square-foot building. The building’s exterior has double-skin glass cladding that conceals a LED lighting system.

— Stone Residence, Toronto: Hagy Belzberg Architect. The 9,000-square-foot, single-family residence in north Toronto was designed to take advantage of the site’s natural features and also serve as a hub for a growing international family.

— The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) Campus, Waterloo: KPMB Architects. The non-partisan think-tank is housed on the site of the former Seagram distillery. The plan organizes two, three-storey interconnected buildings and the auditorium pavilion around a landscaped courtyard.

— University of British Columbia, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences/Centre for Drug Research and Development, Vancouver: Saucier + Perrotte Architectes & Hughes Condon Marler Architects. Located in the heart of the university campus, the $92 million project houses a mix of classrooms, teaching and research labs, lecture halls and academic offices. LEED Gold is targeted for the pharmacy building.

This year’s recipients of design excellence awards were selected from more than 170 submissions by a jury chaired by David Sisam, principal in Montgomery Sisam Architects.

Entries were judged on creativity, context, sustainability, good design/good business and legacy — the project’s contribution in establishing a new benchmark for architectural excellence.