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Ryerson University Student Learning Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada by Zeidler Partnership Architects and Snøhetta

Sunday, May 27th, 2012

Article source: Zeidler Partnership Architects and Snøhetta

Designed by the architectural team of Zeidler and Snøhetta the stunning new building will provide Ryerson students with an outstanding environment to study, collaborate and discover. The eight-storey Student Learning Centre marks Ryerson’s new face on Yonge Street. It will feature a glass façade, an elevated plaza, a bridge to the existing library and a range of academic, study and collaborative spaces for Ryerson’s students, faculty and staff. Yonge Street frontage will feature destination retail at and below grade, creating a prominent commercial façade.

Ryerson University Student Learning Centre

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Mohawk College Learning Exchange in Ontario, Canada by Zeidler Partnership Architects

Friday, May 25th, 2012

Article source: Zeidler Partnership Architects

Mohawk College’s Fennell Campus developed organically over 30 years with multiple buildings incorporated in a functional manner, resulting in a complex plan without clear organization. When the firm was awarded the project, the College’s direction was to provide a Learning Commons / Library, and introduce a central organization to the campus. The result is a design, which provides a strong north-south link, from the new Fennell street entrance through the existing campus to the current main entrance at the south parking areas.

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  • Architects: Zeidler Partnership Architects
  • Project: Mohawk College Learning Exchange
  • Location: Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
  • Partner-in-Charge: Vaidila Banelis
  • Project Manager: David Jefferies
  • Job Captain: Manuela Istrate
  • Architecture Team : Isaac Mak and Eric Wong
  • Contract Administration: Lisa Debenham
  • Interior Design : Zeidler Partnership Architects
  • General Contractor /Construction Manager: Sub-contractors acquired by Mohawk College
  • Structural Engineers : Halcrow Yolles
  • Mechanical Engineers : MCW Consultants LTD
  • Electrical Engineers : MCW Consultants LTD

 

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The courtyards are linked with pedestrian paths and landscaped with student movement in mind. Beneath the windmill generators, grassy sitting areas and pedestrian scale lighting are incorporated into the design, resulting in an outdoor space, which reinforces the College’s image as a “community-facing, modern and sustainable college”. (President Rob MacIsaac).

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  • Area: 40,000 square feet
  • Completion: January 2011
  • Cost: $14.5 million
  • Client: Mohawk College
  • Sustainability Goals: LEED Gold
  • Annual energy consumption MJ / M2 year = 687 MJ / M2 year
  • Percentage of recycled content: 15%
  • Water consumption from municipal sources = litres / occupant / year  = 8.2 M3

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The impact on the site was reduced through a landscaping plan, which incorporates hearty, native species. This allows for minimal use of water, fertilizer, and pesticides on the green roof.

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Heating is provided through a hydronic piping system embedded in the concrete slabs. This configuration takes advantage of the thermal mass of the slab itself, which allows for an even distribution of heat throughout the space. Additionally, as heat is radiated from below, the natural effects of convection ensures that the heat is provided directly to the occupied zone in the space (ie: near the floor), rather than from diffusers in the ceilings. This reduces fan power, energy consumption and dependence on fossil fuels.

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Vibrantly coloured glazing creates a sense of warmth and contrast in the quiet student gathering and learning spaces. The brightly lit interior guides the students towards the building from the street on frigid winter days.

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In the interior spaces daylight is maximized by incorporating glazing throughout the building, which reduces the use of electric lighting and saves on operating costs. Additionally, all lighting is equipped with either daylight sensors or occupancy sensors, or both, ensuring that the building responds to environmental and occupant conditions.

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Close to 75% of the building provides usable space for students and staff. In an average building between 40- 50% is usable space.  The creation of quiet learning spaces for students was a priority Mohawk students identified on key performance indicator surveys. The new library represents Mohawk’s vision to inspire learning, citizenship and innovation. Inspired by the ways in which modern mobile technology influence “plugged-in learning,” the spaces within the collaboratorium are flexible and fully wired to accommodate current technology. As part of the overall campus revitalization, the library forms the heart of its creative culture that will drive new generations of tomorrow’s skilled leaders.

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The design established a new vernacular for the campus.  Future renovation projects will build upon this ‘street’ framework and extend the architectural language established in the Mohawk Learning Exchange through the premises, creating clear circulation routes and an understandable, complete campus.

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 Project Specifications

A 30,000 sf, two-storey “link” building to be the iconic new image of the campus on Fennell. The new learning exchange building will connect to three existing surrounding buildings and will include 10, 60-seat classrooms and an E-Learning Centre. It will be minimum LEED Gold and will be on an extremely fast-track schedule.

Elevation

The interior of the building is primarily concrete to reduce the use of raw materials. Concrete was selected as the primary construction material for its durability and finishing characteristics.

Top View

Low-emitting adhesives, coatings, sealants, paints, and carpets were used to ensure optimal air quality.

A living wall graces the main entrance and acts as both a focal point and as a natural bio-filter, removing carbon dioxide and other contaminates from return air.

lower_level_plan

Heating is provided through a hydronic piping system embedded in the concrete slabs. This configuration takes advantage of the thermal mass of the slab itself, which allows for an even distribution of heat throughout the space. Additionally, as heat is radiated from below, the natural effects of convection ensures that the heat is provided directly to the occupied zone in the space (ie: near the floor), rather than from diffusers in the ceilings. This reduces fan power, energy consumption and dependence on fossil fuels.

upper_level_plan

In the interior spaces daylight is maximized by incorporating glazing throughout the building, which reduces the use of electric lighting and saves on operating costs. Additionally, all lighting is equipped with either daylight sensors, occupancy sensors, or both, ensuring that the building responds to environmental and occupant conditions.

Image Courtesy Tom Arban

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Sails of Light Show in Vancouver, Canada by Moment Factory

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

Article source: Moment Factory

Five giant sails majestically puff out their chests, iconic against the Vancouver skyline. Each becomes a dynamic canvas of colours and themes, changing according to season or event. Canada Place is transformed. In a perfect symbiosis of architecture and visual design, of graphics and light, a public space becomes a shared experience.

Sails of Light Show

  • Architects: Moment Factory
  • Project: Sails of Light Show
  • Location: Vancouver, Canada
  • For: Canada Place Corporation

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Squish Studio in Newfoundland, Canada by Saunders Architecture

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

Article source: Saunders Architecture

The Squish Studio is located just outside the small town of Tilting on the eastern end of Fogo Island. First settled in the mid-18th century, Tilting is known for its strong Irish culture and its recent designation by Parks Canada as a National Cultural Landscape District of Canada.

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  • Architects: Saunders Architecture
  • Project: Squish Studio
  • Location: Fogo Island, Newfoundland, Canada
  • Client: Shorefast Foundation and the Fogo Island Arts Corporation
  • Team architects: Attila Béres, Ryan Jørgensen, Ken Beheim-Schwarzbach, Nick Herder, Rubén Sáez López, Soizic Bernard, Colin Hertberger, Christina Mayer, Olivier Bourgeois, Pål Storsveen, Zdenek Dohnalek
  • Associate Architect: Sheppard Case Architects Inc. (Long Studio)
  • Structural Engineer: DBA Associates (Long Studio)
  • Software used: ArchiCAD

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La Vitrine culturelle in Montreal, Canada by Moment Factory

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

Article source: Moment Factory

La Vitrine Culturelle is located in the heart of Montreal’s Quartier des Spectacles theatre district–an area known as a showcase for pioneering uses of multimedia technologies. After winning several awards for its interactive LED facade at La Vitrine’s former information centre at the Place-des-Arts, La Vitrine once again asked Moment Factory to push the boundaries of multimedia environments for their new and highly-visible location at the corner of Saint-Laurent and Sainte-Catherine. Moment Factory created an artistic installation that represents the effervescence of the city’s culture of design and innovation, while doubling as an informative and interactive medium.

La Vitrine culturelle

  • Architects: Moment Factory
  • Project: La Vitrine culturelle
  • Location: Montreal, QC, Canada
  • Software used: x-agora

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Bridge Studio in Newfoundland, Canada by Saunders Architecture

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

Article source: Saunders Architecture

As with all the Fogo Island Arts Corporation’s Art Studios, Bridge Studio is paired with a traditional Newfoundland Saltbox house, this one is located in Deep Bay, the smallest community on Fogo Island with a population of one hundred and fifty people. The Bridge Studio’s Saltbox House is a freshly painted, in sharp contrast to its dilapidated condition, only a few months previous. A local carpenter who is putting the finishing touches on the house, points out the project’s double-hung, wood frame windows that were crafted at the local woodshop, initiated and operated by the Shorefast Foundation.

Image Courtesy Bent René Synnevåg

  • Architects: Saunders Architecture
  • Project: Bridge Studio
  • Location: Fogo Island, Newfoundland, Canada
  • Client: Shorefast Foundation and the Fogo Island Arts Corporation
  • Team architects: Attila Béres, Ryan Jørgensen, Ken Beheim-Schwarzbach, Nick Herder, Rubén Sáez López, Soizic Bernard, Colin Hertberger, Christina Mayer, Olivier Bourgeois, Pål Storsveen, Zdenek Dohnalek
  • Associate Architect: Sheppard Case Architects Inc. (Long Studio)
  • Software used: ArchiCAD

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Tower Studio in Newfoundland, Canada by Saunders Architecture

Saturday, May 12th, 2012

Article source: Saunders Architecture

The Tower Studio is dramatically situated on a stretch of rocky coastline in Shoal Bay, Fogo Island, Newfoundland. The studio’s sculptural silhouette leans both forward and backward as it twists upward. For the average visitor to the island, this windowless black tower, more often than not, provokes a quizzical response and the enviable question, “What’s that?” For the locals, they know that this structure is a project of the Fogo Island Arts Corporation – an art studio opened in June 2011. The Tower Studio’s official opening was one of the most festive and included: a roaring bonfire, flares dramatically shot from its rooftop terrace and the recorded sounds of local whales as a background score.

Image Courtesy Bent René Synnevåg

  • Architects: Saunders Architecture
  • Project: Tower Studio
  • Location: Shoal Bay, Fogo Island, Newfoundland, Canada
  • Client: Shorefast Foundation and the Fogo Island Arts Corporation
  • Team architects: Attila Béres, Ryan Jørgensen, Ken Beheim-Schwarzbach, Nick Herder, Rubén Sáez López, Soizic Bernard, Colin Hertberger, Christina Mayer, Olivier Bourgeois, Pål Storsveen, Zdenek Dohnalek
  • Associate Architect: Sheppard Case Architects Inc. (Long Studio)
  • Structural Engineer: DBA Associates (Long Studio)
  • Services Engineer: Core Engineering (Long Studio)
  • Software used: ArchiCAD

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Our Lady of the Assumption Parish Church in British Columbia, Canada by Patkau Architects

Saturday, April 28th, 2012

Article source: Patkau Architects

Our Lady of the Assumption Parish Church is a Roman Catholic Church that seats 700 people in its main space and 100 people in its chapel. The main space and chapel can be joined together to form a single larger space for special events. The site is in Port Coquitlam, a suburban city thirty kilometers east of Vancouver. The new church shares its site with an existing church (which will be converted to a parish hall) and a school.

OLA Centre Nave

  • Architect: Patkau Architects
  • Name of Project: Our Lady of the Assumption Parish Church
  • Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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Centennial Place in Alberta, Canada by WZMH Architects

Saturday, April 28th, 2012

Article source: WZMH Architects

Centennial Place: WZMH’s new ideal in tower design for Calgary

The Canadian architect creates a dynamic city landmark that majors in sustainability, connectivity, and a playful informality. Centennial Place is a new landmark for the city of Calgary, Alberta. Located at the northwest of the downtown city core, the development’s two striking towers offer a new architectural – standard on multiple levels. Centennial Place represents the very best in sustainable office design. It achieves a level of connectivity with the city not previously seen in Calgary, linking to both the existing commercial infrastructure and, eventually, – to the adjacent planned residential neighbourhoods. Centennial Place’s highly articulated design creates a beacon, an architectural focal point, amidst a city noted for its tall buildings and dense urban environment.

Exterior View (Images Courtesy Tom Arban)

  • Architect: WZMH Architects
  • Official Name of Project: Centennial Place
  • Location: 520 – 3rd Avenue SW, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • Client: Oxford Properties Group
  • Design Team: David Rich (Design Principal), Jay Bigelow (Executive Principal), Tom Schloessin (Project Architect), Roland Brunner (Design Architect) and Bill Brown (Job Captain)
  • Image Credit: Tom Arban

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Art Gallery Of Ontario, The Weston Family Learning Centre in Canada by Hariri Pontarini Architects

Saturday, April 28th, 2012

Article source: Hariri Pontarini Architects

The transformation of the west wing of the Art Gallery of Ontario into The Weston Family Learning Centre punctuates the museum’s ambitious multi-phased renovation. The new Learning Centre offers a major collaborative hub for community creativity and learning, while increasing the AGO’S ability to provide stellar art education for children, families, and adults of all ages. It houses a community gallery, a hands-on centre for young children and their parents, three seminar rooms, an education commons, a youth centre for young adults, and an artist-in-residence studio.

Exterior View

  • Architect: Hariri Pontarini Architects
  • Name of Project: Art Gallery Of Ontario, The Weston Family Learning Centre
  • Location: Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Size: 35,000 SF
  • Client: Art Gallery of Ontario
  • Materials: Cast-in-Place Concrete, Algonquin Limestone, White Oak, Glass, Bronze

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