The Ordre des architectes du QuÃ©bec announces the 43 finalists for the 2009 Awards of Excellence in Architecture: architecture that bears witness to eco-responsible acts and a community of architects who put their hearts into action.
Thirty years after the first Awards of Excellence in Architecture were handed out, the Ordre des architectes du QuÃ©bec (OAQ) unveils this yearâ€™s 40 projects, and three candidates for the Architects in Action Award, each astutely chosen from among the 114 entries received. The juriesâ€”made up of experts and representatives from the public and government agencies under the direction of Grand Jury president French-born German architect, author and journalist Dominique Gauzin-MÃ¼ller (Stuttgart)â€”have qualified the architecture of the moment as transitory. This is architecture that bears witness to more and more eco-responsible actions (economically and ecologically), that focuses on architectural considerations that produce happiness, that has the ability to shape the perception of time and that has an increasing desire to provide visual and sensorial experiences.
The public can now view these multi-faceted works on the Awards of Excellence in Architecture website and vote for their favorite project by entering the Loto-QuÃ©bec Peopleâ€™s Choice Award Contest. The OAQ also offers a rich program of public and cultural activities for both lovers of architecture and newcomers to this world. This is an opportunity to discover noteworthy buildings and become familiar with their architects, collaborators and owners and, in passing, to experience the synergy that exists between all the players in this vibrant architecture. The public is invited to learn more by boarding the Spotlight on Architecture guided bus tours (February 28 at the Canadian Centre for Architecture), attending the Architectural Marathons, a series of short presentations by designer-architects on their projects (March 28, MusÃ©e de la Civilisation, Quebec), visiting the traveling exhibition Architecture of the Moment, which will be presented at the MusÃ©e de la civilisation as well as in several cities and regions throughout the province starting March 16 and, finally, by obtaining (free of charge) the Architectures of the Moment booklet that accompanies the exhibition. This booklet will also be available at the offices of the Ordre des architectes du QuÃ©bec (1825 RenÃ©-LÃ©vesque Blvd West, MontrÃ©al) and the Canadian Centre for Architecture bookstore (1920 Baile St., MontrÃ©al). Winners will be announced in MontrÃ©al (June 18) as part of the 2009 QuÃ©bec Architectsâ€™ Forum and Festival of Architecture hosted by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada.
From private residences to industrial buildings, from urban design to ephemeral installations, the architecture of the momentâ€”so named within the context of this important event that showcases the best of QuÃ©bec architecture and generously represents it in all its spheresâ€”comes as a new arrival, full of freshness and flavour. And this yearâ€™s new additions to the program, in particular the Art & Architecture Integration Award, the Perennial Award and the Architects in Action Award, add substance and diversity to the juriesâ€™ deliberations. The new awards clearly underscore achievements in their respective areas: support for art in architecture both new and old; the emblematic, historical and sustainable character of the buildings in our cities and society; and, finally, recognition of architects who put their heart into action for the good of the community.
The awards are bestowed across a wide range of categories. And it is not unusual for one project to excel in more than one category.
The four finalists in the Single-Family â€” Residential category are: Grande Galerie by Pierre Thibault; House in U by Nathalie Dionne; Bernier-Thibault House by Paul Bernier; and NB20Â°5 by Yiacouvakis Hamelin, architects, yh2.
Two of the aboveâ€”Paul Bernierâ€™s Bernier-Thibault House and Yiacouvakis Hamelin, architects, yh2â€™s NB20Â°5â€” have also been nominated for the Marcel-Parizeau Award (presented to a project with a total cost of less than $150,000).
The two finalists in the Multi-unit â€” Residential category are: Fleurie Building by CÃ´tÃ© Chabot Morel, architects and Gamache Martin, architects; and the SAX residential project, Nunâ€™s Island by Dan Hanganu, architects.
The four finalists in the Interior Design category are: Air lines (lignes aÃ©riennes) by Architects Duchesneau & McComber; the Offices of Saucier + Perrotte, architects by Saucier + Perrotte, architects; The Belvedereâ€”Old Port of MontrÃ©al, Daoust Lestage Inc., urban design architecture; and HÃ´tel Pur, Bisson and associates, architects.
The four finalists in the Sustainable Architecture category are: Sobeys Distribution Centre, Trois-RiviÃ¨res (industrial building) by the consortium of Gross Kaplin Coviensky, architects and Blouin Tardif, architects; Stageline Group (industrial building) by the consortium of Luc M. Allard, architect and Claude Hamelin Lalonde, architect; Espace 400e Pavilion (cultural building) by the consortium of Dan Hanganu, architects and CÃ´tÃ© Leahy Cardas, architects; and BibliothÃ¨que de Charlesbourg (cultural building) by Croft Pelletier, architects.
The two finalists in the Recycled or Converted Buildings category are: the Espace 400e Pavilion (cultural building) by the consortium of Dan Hanganu, architects and CÃ´tÃ© Leahy Cardas, architects; and 780 Brewster by Services intÃ©grÃ©s Lemay and associates Inc.
The two finalists in the Conservation and Restoration Architecture category are: Bank of Montrealâ€”Head Office, Place dâ€™Armes (restoration of the masonry) by DFS Inc., Architecture & Design; the Library of Parliament in Ottawa (conservation, restoration, rehabilitation and modernization) by the consortium of Ogilvie and Hogg, Desnoyers Mercure & Associates, Spencer R. Higgins and Lundholm Associates.
The three finalists in the Cultural category are: BibliothÃ¨que de Charlesbourg by Croft Pelletier, architects; Salle de spectacles Dolbeau-Mistassini by the consortium of Paul Laurendeau, architect and Jodoin Lamarre Pratte, architects; and Palais Montcalm, Maison de la musique, Salle Raoul-Jobin by the consortium of M.:U. S. E.: lâ€™Architecte Jacques Plante, Bernard & Cloutier, architects, and St-Gelais Montminy, architects.
The four architect and artist finalists in the Art & Architecture Integration category are: Convergence, a work by artist James (Bill) Vincent in the BibliothÃ¨que de Charlesbourg (Croft Pelletier, architects); Cantate and Le fil rouge, respectively, by artists Rose-Marie E. Goulet and Florent Cousineau, in the Palais Montcalm, Maison de la musique and Salle Raoul-Jobin (the consortium M.:U. S. E.: lâ€™Architecte Jacques Plante, Bernard & Cloutier, architects, and St-Gelais Montminy, architects); Jardin de guÃ©rison, a work by artist Barbara Todd in the emergency room of SacrÃ©-Coeur de MontrÃ©al hospital (the consortium of Birtz Bastien architects, Yelle MaillÃ©, architects, and Ouellet, architects); and Les ciels inversÃ©s, a work by artist Marie-JosÃ©e Coulombe in the Centre des arts de la scÃ¨ne Jean-BesrÃ© (Saucier + Perrotte, Architects).
The six finalists in the Institutional Buildings category are: Quai des Cajeuxâ€”Promenade Samuel-De Champlain by Daoust Lestage Inc., urban design architecture; Pierrefonds-Roxboro Community Centre by architects FABG; the Life Sciences Complex, Francesco Bellini Pavilion and Cancer Research Pavilion by the consortium of Diamond+Schmitt Architects Inc., Provencher Roy+Associates, architects; CollÃ¨ge de lâ€™Assomption Sports Complex by architects FABG; Ã‰cole primaire de la Grande-Hermine by the consortium of ABCP, architecture and urbanism, and Bisson associates, architects; and CPE Coeurs de lâ€™Ã®le by Pierre Morency, architect.
The two finalists in the Universal Accessibility category are: De la Concorde metro station by Martin + Marcotte, architects, members of MGBF and SGTM group; and RÃ©sidence de la citÃ© by Pierre Richard, architect.
The four finalists in the Commercial Buildings category are: Carrefour Desjardinsâ€”FÃ©dÃ©ration des caisses Desjardins du QuÃ©bec by MenkÃ¨s Shooner Dagenais Letourneux, architects; La Source Bains Nordiques by Blouin Tardif, architects; Michel Brisson Boutique (Old MontrÃ©al) by Saucier + Perrotte, architects; and Quattro D, human nature, by Plasse-Rasselet, architects.
The two finalists in the Industrial Buildings category are: St-Germain Ã‰gouts et Aqueducs by Allaire Courchesne Dupuis, architects; Stageline Group, by the consortium of Luc M. Allard, architect and Claude Hamelin Lalonde, architect.
The three finalists in the Urban Design category are: Dufferin exit ramp lighting by URBAN SOLAND; Promenade Samuel-De Champlain by the consortium of Daoust Lestage Inc., Williams Asselin Ackaoui, and Option amÃ©nagement; St. Laurent Boulevard Renewal by SchÃ¨me (Atelier VAP), Louis-Paul Lemieux, architect.
The two finalists in the Events Architecture category are: 1973: Sorry, Out of Gas (exhibition at the Canadian Centre for Architecture) by Saucier + Perrotte, architects; and Territoires habitÃ©s by Atelier Pierre Thibault.
The finalist for the Perennial Award for public buildings of 25 years or more is: 1981 McGill, Tour de la Banque Nationale de Paris by RenÃ© MenkÃ¨s of MenkÃ¨s Shooner Dagenais LeTourneux, Architects (originally in 1982: Webb Zerafa Menkes Housden, architects)
The three architect finalists for the Architects in Action Award are: Bernard McNamara, president and founding member of Emergency Architects Canada, Denis Lemieux, sustainable development adviser, main author of the publication Imaginer, rÃ©aliser la ville du 21e siÃ¨cleâ€”Cahiers des bonnes pratiques en design and Gary Michael Conrath, the mover and designer behind Norman Slater NOW AND BEYOND.
Architecture & Youth
Since 2003, the Youth & Architecture program has been organized in parallel with the Awards of Excellence in Architecture. Its aim is to raise awareness among elementary school students (Cycle 3) and Secondary 3 students about the architecture that surrounds them. In all, six Quebec grade schools and one high school (2009 pilot project) have benefited from the program. By participating in the various learning experiences suggested by the OAQ, children and adults learn the importance of a quality urban environment that is adapted to the needs of present and future generations. This activity by the OAQ is made possible through renewed grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the support of private companies and the many architects who volunteer their time. The association between this educational program and the Awards of Excellence benefits from an abundance of current, imagined and documented projects, which are presented as good examples of architecture. Young people can expand their knowledge by taking part, with their families, in the public and cultural events planned for the Awards of Excellence programming.
From September to May, young people discover the profession of architect and are introduced to architectural principles through various workshops on such themes as sustainable development, universal accessibility, computer-assisted design and scale models. They meet architects, visit relevant sites with them and discover related trades and professions. Once they have these basics, they become familiar with the architectâ€™s tools and environment. Like the juries of experts, the students choose finalists from among the projects entered in the Awards of Excellence and continue their learning experience by selecting the winner of the Young People’s Choice Award. This spring, once rules and selection criteria have been established, a selection jury will be set up in each of the schools. In June, results from these juries will be compiled and the name of the winning architect and client will be revealed. Winners will receive an honorary plaque to be presented by youth representatives chosen by their peers.
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