VANCOUVER – B.C.’s architectural forms are celebrating anew.
This year’s debut of the Architecture Foundation of British Columbia (AFBC) awards had winners ranging from a Hong Kong opera house to a contemplative temple structure in Kootenay Bay, B.C.
The awards program was previously maintained by the Architectural Institute of British Columbia (AIBC) but was transferred to the AFBC after a relationship between the two organizations was revitalized and separate mandates were defined.
“Raising awareness of architecture and design is one of the Foundation’s goals, so taking on the Architectural Awards Program was a perfect fit. The recipients awarded at this year’s ceremony certainly speak to excellence in the built environment across the province, as well as abroad,” AFBC chair Veronica Gillies said.
Revery Architecture Inc., formerly known as Bing Thom Architects Inc., received a Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia Award in Architecture – Medal award for work on the Xiqu Centre, a traditional Chinese opera house located in Hong Kong’s West Kowloon Cultural District. The building features a series of woven metal panels which can pull back like curtains and the main theatre can hold an 1,100-member audience.
Revery Architecture also won in the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia Awards in Architecture – Merit category for the Hong Kong Jockey Club University of Chicago Academic Complex | The University of Chicago Francis & Rose Yuen Campus in Hong Kong project. The club is the University of Chicago’s new Asian satellite campus and is inspired by the rough terrain surrounding it.
The other winner the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia Award in Architecture – Medal award is the Polygon Gallery by Patkau Architects. The North Shore gallery sits in a former industrial area and forms part of a new cultural hub with a form made up of layers of stainless steel.
The Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia Award in Architecture – Merit was also given to the Edgemont Residence by BattersbyHowat Architects Inc., a 4,200-sqaure-foot structure in North Vancouver which uses orthogonal forms to blend in with the surrounding water and a nearby ravine. The other Merit category winner is the Howard Residence by ABC Architecture Building Culture Inc., a 5,000 square foot triangular courtyard home in West Vancouver.
The AFBC Innovation Award went to the Temple of Light in Kootenay Bay, B.C., a spiritual sanctuary designed by Patkau Architects which features sweeping petal forms built using conventional material.
Two AFBC Special Jury awards were given out, one to the College of New Caledonia Heavy Mechanical Trades Training Facility by the Office of McFarlane Biggar Architects & Designers Inc. for “elevating the design of an industrial academic facility,” according to an AFBC release.
The Duke by Acton Ostry Architects also won a Special Jury Award for incorporating community connection into architectural design. The project is part of the City of Vancouver’s Rental 100: Secured Market Rental Housing Policy and centres around a shared atrium.