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Conceive tall buildings as vertical
communities. In a world where
interaction between people is
increasingly digital, it is increasingly
important to create opportunities for
mixing and interaction in real time and
space. We created a vertical urban
campus for Concordia University in
downtown Montreal by organizing the
plan around a system of stacked atria
with interconnecting stairs and lounges
located near elevator lobbies.
0231
Every building needs a heart where
people can assemble or simply find
a sanctuary in the company of others.
For the Centennial HP Science and
Technology Center, we created an
academic village organized around a
Town Square—an informal gathering
space with large Spanish steps
beneath a wood-clad lecture pod
for students to meet, hang out, and
assemble.
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Every building implies a city. Imagine
every building as one figure within a
group portrait of the urban fabric.
Richard Sennet, writing about family
portraits by German photographer
Thomas Struth, compared the table
around which the family members sit
and stand to a shared public space. In
this project, Canada’s National Ballet
School, new and old, tall and short, mass
and light, create an urban ensemble, a
portrait of the city within the city.
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“There is a crack in the jar . . . that’s
how the light gets in”—Leonard Cohen.
Rooms that receive no natural light, or
light from one direction, are static. Even
the smallest sources of natural light
can animate spaces with diurnal and
seasonal rhythms, such as the small
window and skylight at the west end
of the long living loft of the Reisman-
Jenkinson House.
0233
Use the space between form and mass
to create communal areas: the public
realm. In the Japanese Canadian
Cultural Center we used the space
between the program to create the
Gallery Hall—a space wide enough to
host exhibits and events.
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Subtract rather than add in order to
create space in existing buildings.
Openings cut through floors and
ceilings provide visual connections
and draw natural light into the center.
For the James Stewart Center, we
cut a void through a Collegiate Gothic
building to open up the floor plate,
providing visual connectivity between
scholars and students, and drawing
natural light deep into the center.
0236
Integrate performance, aesthetics,
and urbanism to make architecture a
collaborative endeavor between the
client, architects, consultants, and
builders. Be responsive and responsible
for the health and well-being of users,
cities, and environments. Manitoba
Hydro Place, a new office tower for
an energy corporation in downtown
Winnipeg, was designed using the
Integrated Design Process to achieve
a seamless fusion of a supportive
workplace, urban revitalization, and
60 percent energy efficiency in an
extreme climate that ranges from -31°F
to +95°F (-35°C to +35°C). It will be a
model for climate responsive design.
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Make halls not corridors when creating
spaces of movement and circulation. In
the James Stewart Center we created
generously scaled hallways furnished
with blackboards, benches, and tables
to promote spontaneous teamwork.
0239
Maximize flexibility to adapt easily to
change. Change is the only thing that is
certain. The concrete loft with high
ceilings, maximum exposure to natural
light, and a robust structure is the most
flexible and sustainable of building
types and can be adapted for living,
working, and recreation (Vaughan Civic
Centre, under construction).
0237
Use a limited material palette to
achieve coherence and calm. For the
Gardiner Museum, we added a new
floor to a two-story museum, and
thoroughly renovated its interior. The
Indiana limestone resonates with an
adjacent Beaux-Arts building. White oak
and glass weave the interior together
to create an intimate, quiet backdrop
against which to foreground a
collection of ceramic treasures.
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