For the first time, the winners of the 2014 Governor General’s Medals in Architecture will give a free public lecture in Ottawa. On Monday, May 12, architects — and design aficionados — will gather at the National Gallery of Canada auditorium in a dynamic series of talks
called 12 Architects on Architecture.
This new public event sees each speaker take to the podium for five minutes to talk and show images of their winning project.
From a stage that evokes chainmail to a famous gas station designed by Ludwig Mies Van der Rohe, the winning projects are sure to generate fresh ideas about current design trends. The winning projects include a university building complex, a city hall, a community centre, an outdoor stage, and two libraries.
This first-time event is a partnership between the
Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, the Carleton University Forum Lecture Series, the Ottawa Regional Society of Architects, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the National Gallery of Canada.
Monday, May 12. 6-8 p.m. National Gallery of Canada auditorium, 380 Sussex Dr.
Click on the thumbnails below for a look at this year’s winning projects.
A modern-heritage municipal building is enlarged by the addition of adjacent empty library. It’s all stitched together with a mass-timber structure within a 220-foot long atrium.
Formerly of mcfarlane green biggar ARCHITECTURE + DESIGN, Now of MGA | MICHAEL GREEN ARCHITECTURE
Photo: Ema Peter
Through renovation and addition, a dilapidated heritage library is transformed into a contemporary cultural institution that signals the importance of access to information.
RDH Architects Inc./ Shoalts and Zaback Architects Ltd.
Photo: Tom Arban
The redevelopment of an existing gym created a versatile facility for athletics, academic programs and convocation ceremonies, while a new courtyard offers space for reflection.
The historic Seagram distillery is now a think tank whose three interconnected buildings, organized around a courtyard, riff on the traditional academic quad.
Photo: © Tom Arban
An alternative to ubiquitous glass towers, this LEED Gold project houses relocated hospitality workers from Regent Park, a social-housing community undergoing redevelopment.
Teeple Architects Inc
Photo: Scott Norsworthy
UBC’s legacy of architecture and pharmaceutical research inspired a sustainable building and signature design that functions as a gateway to the academic core.
Saucier + Perrotte Architectes / Hughes Condon Marler Architects
Photo: Marc Cramer
Designed by one of the world’s most famous architects, the heritage gas station on Nun’s Island has been converted to a youth and senior activity centre.
Les architectes FABG
Photo: Steve Montpetit
Light and visual transparency are celebrated in this inventive, economical, and thoroughly rigorous architectural design,” said the jury.
Atelier TAG and Jodoin Lamarre Pratte architectes in consortium
Photo: © Julien Perron-Gagné
The sinuous new home for the Sisters of St Joseph articulates both individual contemplative life and the community engagement of the sisters’ ministries.
Shim-Sutcliffe Architects Inc.
Photo: James Dow
More than an open-air performance venue, “The Cube” also acts as projection screen, shelter and sculptural object. The skin is composed of 20,000 hollow aluminum pieces.
5468796 Architecture Inc.
Photo: James Brittain Photography
Conceived through the lens of Rotman’s Integrative Thinking program, the design encapsulates the ability of architecture to harmonize seemingly opposite notions and objectives.
Photo: © Maris Mezulis
Tula House sits at the end of a cliff, 13 metres above the Pacific Ocean. An expanse of glass captures the view while glazed apertures in the deck open vertiginously to the ocean below.
Patkau Architects Inc.
Photo: James Dow/Patkau Architects