The Vancouver City Council has unanimously approved Kohn Pedersen Fox’s (KPF’s) design for the 601 West Pender Street project. Sensitive in both scale and materiality, the building replaces a six-storey parking structure in the city’s Central Business District with a retail base covered by a planted pedestrian canopy, an enhanced Alley Oop laneway, 29 floors of state-of-the-art workspace, and crown amenities with panoramic views of the city.
The City of Montréal is conducting a multidisciplinary architecture competition to develop the Peter-McGill Centre. The goal is to create a vibrant and revitalizing flagship project for the city’s Ville-Marie neighbourhood. The project consists primarily of transforming the interior of a base building with a footprint of approximately 5310 m2 (57,156 sf) into a vibrant centre with a fluid, intuitive layout that combines the functions of a library, cultural centre, and social and community spaces.
Danish architectural firm Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) and Nordisk Film Cinemas have presented proposals for Palace on Axeltorv, a ‘cinematic ziggurat’ in Copenhagen, Denmark. A ziggurat is in reference to a rectangular stepped tower often found in ancient Mesopotamia.
Marc Blouin and Catherine Orzes of Blouin Orzes architectes, Montréal, have won the 2020 Emerging Voices award by the Architectural League of New York. They designed the Katittavik Multidisciplinary Hall in Nunavik, Qué.
Earlier this year, the Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) invited Ontario MPPs to reflect on the province’s unique architectural legacy and nominate their favourite building within their riding. A total of 40 submissions were received representing areas from Windsor and Timmins to Ottawa.
The Xiqu Centre by Revery Architecture and Ronald Lu & Partners, and the Polygon Gallery by Patkau Architects received the ‘Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia Award in Architecture – Medal’ by the Architectural Foundation of British Columbia (AFBC). This award recognizes excellence in completed architectural projects led or designed by the Architectural Institute of British Columbia (AIBC) members.