Ontario Place Receives RAIC 2017 Prix du XXe siècle!

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We are extremely happy and honoured to share that the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) has announced the Ontario Place Cinesphere and Pods as a recipient of the 2017 Prix du XXe siècle alongside the CN Tower - recognized for their enduring excellence and national significance to Canada’s architectural legacy.

From the press release:

Ontario Place’s dramatic structures by Toronto architect Eberhard Zeidler made the waterfront park an instant landmark.  Completed in 1971, the Cinesphere (known as “the Bubble”) is a 35-metre-wide dome made from steel and aluminum tubes that housed the world’s first permanent theatre for IMAX technology. A bridge-like suspension structure elevates the five inter-connected Pods over Lake Ontario. The Pods were first used to host a multimedia exhibition but were designed to be flexible and accommodate different functions. At the most basic level, each Pod is a three-storey box, encompassing 743 square metres.

The jury, comprised of distinguished heritage conservation scholars and architects, noted that the Cinesphere and Pods emulated for Toronto the great architectural and social success of Expo ‘67 in Montreal. “While the Cinesphere and Pods no longer house the functions they were originally designed for, they still exhibit the strong design presence they did when first completed,” noted the jury. “They realize, in tangible physical form, some of the most ambitious Utopian architectural ideas from Europe and the United States of the 1960s.” 

Read the full press release here.

 

Toronto Eaton Centre Pedestrian Bridge Unveiled

In celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the Eaton Centre, Zeidler and London-based WilkinsonEyre Architects have designed a new pedestrian bridge over Queen Street to replace the existing structure that connects the Eaton Centre with the Hudson’s Bay and Saks Fifth Avenue. The existing heavily-used bridge, originally designed in 1978 by Zeidler (in association with B+H), sees more than 2 million crossings per year.

The new bridge, encased in floor-to-ceiling glass panels with multiple spiraling angles, will be a high quality example of contemporary bridge architecture. Its dynamic sculptural form will create a new civic landmark for the City and enhance the urban realm experience for both passersby and bridge users.

The transformational geometry of the bridge form is further emphasized by the use of bronze panels, which extend, wave-like, from the Hudson Bay end and gradually transition to glass nearer to the Eaton Centre. The glass will wrap around and below the walkway level, making people using the bridge more visible, and increasing engagement with street life below. The internal experience will be of walking within a sculptural artwork. Feature lighting will enhance the bridge’s role as a landmark.

The bridge’s supporting beam is designed to maximize clearance over Queen Street while staying within the desired accessible gradient. Zeidler is working with the City of Toronto, Toronto Transit Commission, and Fire Prevention Services to protect the integrity of the bridge’s design while responding to numerous practical requirements.

For the full press release, click here .

 

Come Up to Patrick Li's Room

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Come Up to My Room, an annual alternative design exhibition that started in 2004, gives artists and designers a platform to take their ideas to uncharted realms, defying convention and going beyond function. Brilliant artists from Canada and abroad are given 4 floors of the Gladstone Hotel to use as a blank canvas and fully express themselves, creating visually stimulating and thought-provoking displays that will render any spectator in awe.

For this year’s CUTMR, we are very pleased and excited to announce that Zeidler’s very own, Patrick Li, is one of the featured artists. Patrick specializes in Architecture and Industrial Design, with an innate ability to transform the ordinary to astonishing. Having lived in Hong Kong, Belfast, New York, and Toronto, his ideas and process are an amalgamation of utterly diverse influences. Patrick's installation, Fortune Room, will be on the second floor in room 205.

Take a moment and immerse yourself in this spectacular display of fantastic installations of CUTMR 2017 at the Gladstone Hotel. Keeping up with the spirit of the unexpected, not even the curators or anyone will know what will be presented after the big reveal when doors open this weekend from January 19-22, 2017.

 

New Partners at Zeidler's Toronto Office

Zeidler Partnership Architects is delighted to announce that two new Partners have joined our team, bringing our clients a wealth of architectural, project management and healthcare expertise.
 
We are thrilled to promote David Collins to Partner. Since joining Zeidler in 2004, David has been an invaluable member of our firm through the design and execution of a number of successful commercial, residential, and mixed-use high-rise projects. He was promoted to Associate in 2007, and has since become skilled at all phases of architectural design and project management. At this time, he is the Project Architect for the Grenadier Square residential redevelopment project, 2 Queen West, the new Toronto Eaton Centre Queen Street pedestrian bridge, and the Bow Valley Square Redevelopment in Calgary. David’s leadership has been an asset to both to our firm and to our clients who have come to trust his diligence and problem-solving ability.
 
Our firm is pleased to welcome the addition of Edward Chan as Partner. Edward is an accomplished architect and healthcare consultant with over 17 years of experience in healthcare strategy and project delivery. Edward is known to be a highly analytical, astute risk manager, proven facilitator and strategic thinker. He has led and executed projects in excess of $1 billion, including the Michael Garron Hospital Planning and Design Compliance and the North York General Hospital Strategic Capital Investment and Development Plan.
 
Edward was previously Vice President and Eastern Canada Health Market Leader at CannonDesign. He has emerged as a thought leader with recent speaking engagements on innovative thinking in architecture. His innovations include employing Design Thinking on healthcare strategic engagements. As a LEAN certified professional, Edward is trained in process improvement and efficiency which he employs organizational best practices within the healthcare industry. He strongly believes in forging key partnerships with public and private sectors for collaborative problem solving. We welcome his strengths in business development, healthcare strategy, partnering and innovation.
 
Vaidila Banelis, Senior Partner at Zeidler, says, “Promoting these young leaders and giving them the opportunity to build the Zeidler reputation for outstanding design and project delivery is key to strengthening our organization for the next decade and beyond. I look forward to working closely with David and Edward, and am confident that with this new guidance, our Toronto team will continue to meet the standards of innovation, collaborative engagement and service that our clients expect.”
 
Please join us in congratulating David Collins and Edward Chan who will join Senior Partner Vaidila Banelis and Partners Rob Eley, Jurgen Henze, and Andrea Richardson as new Partners of our Toronto office.

 

Ryerson Student Learning Centre Receives LEED Gold Certification

Ryerson University’s Student Learning Centre has been certified LEED Gold for New Construction by the Canadian Green Building Council!

The university originally envisioned a LEED Silver certification, but this target was surpassed. Green building points include 50% green roof coverage, water efficient landscaping, use of low-emitting materials, over 30% water use reduction, and the diversion of 75% of construction waste from landfills. Roof and ground water collection systems were also installed to harvest storm water for use instead of potable water.

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