Last week Canadian Architect magazine named the six winners of their annual Awards of Excellence competition. The winning projects cover a wide range of styles and function across the country, from Hariri Pontarini's expansion of Casey House to McFarlane Biggar's new 160,000 square-foot terminal at Fort McMurray International Airport.
Three of the six winning projects are right here in downtown Toronto; let's have a look at a couple of them.
↑ Casey House, the small hospital and outreach centre that focuses on HIV/AIDS treatment, has been a cornerstone of the Church/Wellesley community since its founding in 1988. The existing building was outgrown years ago, and a capital campaign was launched to raise the funds to expand the facility into a new building, with additional patient rooms and a variety of programs and communal spaces. The project sees the integration of a 140-year-old mansion at 571 Jarvis Street (the gift of a generous donor) with a new, modern structure.
Hariri Pontarini's architectural stamp is all over the downtown core, from One Bloor to One Yonge -- and further afield, check out this airy, surreal Baha'i Temple they're building in the Andean foothills of Chile.
↑ MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller's new athletic centre at Branksome Hall, a girls' private school in Rosedale, will replace the 60s-era dining hall. The new facility will include two storeys of swimming pools and a rowing centre, lots of fitness and dance facilities (on a "glowing glass base"!) and the new dining room, bistro and kitchen. There's also going to be a rooftop green garden and reception space. The existing pedestrian bridge across Mount Pleasant will be refaced and reinforced.
MJMA specialize in sports and rec facilities; their Aquatic Centre in Regent Park is considered a jewel of revitalization in that community, and they're also part of the team building the sports facility at the Pan Am Games's Athletes' Village.