“A Soft Utopia” by Dominique Di Libero ( @domdilibero ) introduces the potential of a
soft common space at the Fort York Visitors Centre through a human scale tubular pneumatic experience. The user will explore a reconstruction of the museum viewing experience, which integrates a pneumatic space for projection. The reactive pneumatic expanse located behind the building on the Garrison Commons intends to start a conversation about reclaiming common space / Studio Instructor: Kfir Gluzberg
( @kilogramstudio ) / #ryersonschoolofinteriordesign#rsid
The University of Toronto is teaming up with Vancouver-based practice #Patkau#Architects and Toronto’s MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects (MJMA) to build a 14-story timber and concrete tower, the tallest in North America.
With cross-laminated timber (CLT) taking on the role of structural core and envelope, concrete will serve as flooring suspended across wooden beams and trusses. According to Patkau Architects, the design team has devised a construction method to simultaneously pour all of the tower’s concrete floors at once, rapidly speeding up the construction process. The weight of the concrete panels will be reduced through what Patkau describes as a “strategic matrix of cavities cast into the slabs.” The entire CLT structure is wrapped in multi-angled glazed glass, with a series of skylights and tilted planes providing natural light to atriums and stairwells below.
The tower will be built atop the University of Toronto’s Goldring Center, which was designed by Patkau Architects and MJMA in 2014 to support the mass of a significant structure atop it.
According to the University of Toronto News, the tower was originally going to be built of steel and concrete. However, wood building incentives provided by Ontario’s Mass Timber Institute and the environmentally friendly qualities of timber construction convinced the school and the designers to opt for the natural material.
The structure joins the growing list of timber towers and academic buildings cropping up globally, ranging from London’s 121-unit Dalston Lane to the University of Idaho’s under-construction basketball arena.
Currently, Patkau Architects and MJMA are wrapping up the design phase, with the goal of beginning construction in late 2019.
captured Fort York Visitor Centre for Kearns Mancini Architects and salutes the project team of Patkau Architects with KMA for the building receiving a 2018 Governor General's Award for Architecture. Located on the south side of Garrison Common in Toronto and adjacent to the Gardiner Expressway, the Centre helps tell the 200-year story of Fort York, considered the ‘birthplace of Toronto’ and home to one of the oldest collection of fortifications in Canada, dating back to the War of 1812. @patkauarchitects@kearnsmanciniarchitects
Architects Patricia and John Patkau, will be guiding a limited number of guests through the recently completed @thepolygongallery now located on the beautiful waterfront of Lower Lonsdale in North Vancouver.
Guests will learn about how their design vision worked with the needs of their client, the emerging community, and the majestic context that is the North Shore. They'll be highlighting how specific design decisions can have a positive impact on the well-being of the people that engage with the building and surrounding plaza.
This rare Design Tour is taking place on Saturday, May 12th from 1 pm - 2pm, so if you haven't seen this gallery yet, be sure to RSVP. Photo by @emaphotographi#VDW2018