Saint Mary's University North East Campus Project:
Situated at a heavily travelled and busy intersection adjacent to a graceful, residential neighbourhood in the south end of Halifax, the North East Campus Project has been designed as a landmark setting that will dramatically transform the public face of Saint Mary's University and open a major new gateway to the campus, on approach from Inglis Street to the east and Tower Road to the north. The project offers approximately 29,000 square feet of new classroom, meeting and office space to accommodate the relocation of two existing and extremely successful programs offered by Saint Mary's - the Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) Centre and the Business Development Centre. The planning and design of this project also anticipates and accommodates continued campus growth and expansion, in a way that promotes the principles of the SMU Campus Master Plan. Its orientation on the campus and its interior and exterior circulation patterns serve to foster potential connections and future linkages to other facilities, existing or proposed, on campus.
The North East Campus project aspires to be a symbol of innovation, leadership, and excellence in the field of business development, language training and cultural orientation. Its mandate is to be an extroverted facility that reaches out to the community at large, inviting a culture of partnership and collaboration. Serving both international students and the business community, the new facility will reflect an international and global flavour that expresses a welcoming and inclusive character to students, faculty, visitors, and prospective collaborators alike. The strategic location provides Saint Mary's with an opportunity for a storefront street presence for programs with an outreach orientation and agenda, and for a signature building that expresses the dynamic, progressive, and innovative character of the institution and its brand.
Surrey Civic Centre and Plaza - "The new heart of the city":
The City of Surrey is undertaking a bold and visionary "re-branding" of its City Centre under the auspices of the "Build Surrey" program of capital projects, developed to position the city for a prosperous future, transforming the City from suburb to thriving business and urban centre. The projects, including the new City Hall and Civic Plaza, are to be designed and constructed over the next six years (2010-2016) to prepare Surrey for growth over the next decade and to provide residents with world-class facilities.
The development of City Centre will transform the downtown core to create British Columbia's next great cosmopolitan centre. Defining the civic and cultural heart of Surrey, the dramatic new $100M, 165,000 square foot City Hall expresses innovation, excellence, growth, inclusion, welcome, diversity and a commitment to the environment that will serve as a primary catalyst for rejuvenation of the City Centre by creating a bustling new hub of activity that is easily accessible by all of the city's residents.
In Joint Venture with Kasian, M&T was commissioned to develop a master plan for the civic centre and design a new City Hall facility and Civic Plaza embracing family life, recreation and spiritual health within a seamlessly integrated landscape; as if the building forms were meant to be there with as much legitimacy as the mountains themselves.
Wynford Park - Aga Khan Museum and Ismaili Centre:
Moriyama & Teshima are the architects of record for the Wynford Park complex of buildings located on a 17-acre site on Wynford Drive in Toronto, and comprising the Aga Khan Museum (design architect Fumihiko Maki with Maki and Associates), and the Ismali Centre and Jamatkhana (design architect Charles Correa Associates), a community/religious centre.
Inserted between each of these projects will be a series of landscaped gardens designed by the Beirut-based landscape architect Vladimir Djurovic Landscape Architecture in collaboration with Moriyama & Teshima Planners. Wynford Park will comprise eastern-influenced formal gardens and over two kilometres of walking trails open to the public with five reflecting pools. Visitors will be shielded from the noisy Don Valley Parkway and Eglinton Avenue traffic with numerous places for contemplation.
The Aga Khan Museum is dedicated to the preservation of Muslim arts and culture. The museum is an initiative of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, an agency of the Aga Khan Development Network. It will house collections of Islamic art and heritage, including artefacts from the private collections of His Highness the Aga Khan, the Institute of Ismaili Studies in London, and Prince and Princess Sadruddin Aga Khan. A central feature of the new Museum is an extraordinary, state-of-the-arts Auditorium in which the Aga Khan Foundation will present a music programme to expand knowledge of the traditional music of Asia and the Islamic world.
University of Toronto, Victoria College, Goldring Centre:
Known to most as Victoria College, the university is autonomous and is located on the parcels of land to the north and south of Charles St. between Bay St. and Queen's Park Blvd. Arguably, this is one of the most handsome parts of the university. It is distinguished by a collection of heritage and modern buildings, draped in ivy, and framing stately quadrangles and beautiful gardens.
The campus has an extremely high quality of buildings from different eras: Burwash Dining Hall, the Isobel Bader Theatre, the Pratt Library and the McKinsey Building. On the north side of Charles our project includes the renovation of the existing 1952 Student Union building known as Wymilwood, one of the only Eric Arthur designs to have been constructed. Wymilwood is a historically listed building and the design is reminiscent of Thom and Frank Lloyd Wright with a folded plate roof, exposed concrete structure, and a sculptural stair. The new programme doubles the square footage to approximately 40,000 sq. ft.
Our design considers the context first and prioritizes the relationship between open space and buildings that characterize Victoria University. To the north of Wymilwood there is a small garden and a Student Residence, separated by a dis-proportionally large driveway. With considerable tenacity we have pursued the closing of the driveway to "heal" the garden to create a quad inspired space that connects the Student Union building to the Residence. This gesture is the generator for the building.
We have framed the quad with informal lounges and assembly halls. This gives focus to the Student Union building that will be known as the Goldring Student Centre. The expression of the building addition is a palette of stone, glass and green. To harmonize the Charles Street elevation, the addition matches the McKinsey building in street line and in height. The design is primarily a solid mass with punched windows linked to the old building with expanses of glass. The heat gain in the building is mitigated by a modern interpretation of the existing ivy covered walls. Stainless steel cables will extend from planting beds set off of the glazing on which twining vines will grow to create shading.
Hillfield Strathallan College - Master Plan Upgrade, Athletic Complex and Senior School Design:
The Hillfield Strathallan College in Hamilton is a 100 year old institution undergoing its most comprehensive and state-of-the-art Campus upgrade to date. The College is revitalizing its campus with the inclusion of a new Senior School, Athletic Complex and site upgrades to develop a College Common that will become the new heart of the Campus. The New buildings will occupy the West quadrant of this remarkable green site at the top of the Hamilton Mountain. The project began with a rigorous and comprehensive Master Plan review process that engaged the full HSC community through information gathering meetings and visioning workshops. The Senior School programme was built entirely to address student needs and a progressive vision for pedagogy developed jointly by the students, faculty and Steering Committee at Hillfield guided by Moriyama & Teshima's expertise in educational facilities. With a clear Master Plan Vision developed corroboratively with the HSC community, M&T was ready to move to the design of the new buildings.
The building design is focused around two new green spaces: the College common and the Senior School Quad. The building massing was established to place the significant spaces of learning and socializing at the centre of the school and to place the Athletic Complex, which includes a triple gymnasium, at the south end of the Campus for connectivity to the rest of the school and to maintain a respect for the scale of the existing campus. Natural light and environmentally efficient placement of building mass and openings were considerations for the overall form of the building which, as a result, is a candidate for LEED Certification.
The building is designed in an enduring palette of local materials. The exterior of the building has a strong rhythmic collegial expression while the interior spaces are open to the new courtyards, both in expression and accessibility. Attention was paid to creating iconic moments in the design to establish both College identity and to facilitate recognition of significant donor opportunities.
Edmonton Federal Building:
Joining forces with Kasian Architects out of Edmonton, Moriyama & Teshima is leading the master planning and design of the public plaza/urban park and underground parkade component of the Edmonton Federal Building's $350-million renovation and redesign.
The art deco building, built in the 1950's and one of downtown Edmonton's architectural landmarks, anchors the northeast corner of the legislature grounds. It was home to federal employees in Edmonton until the opening of Canada Place, in the late 1980s, when the province got it in a land swap. The Federal Building has been vacant since 1989, but by 2011 before the legislature's 100th anniversary in 2012 - its art-deco lobby will echo with the footsteps of 830 government workers.
The redesign will include $200-million to revamp the building (with respect to which Moriyama & Teshima, as a member of an integrated consortium team, is providing urban design lead and design review) and $156 million to build 650 underground parking stalls and a new landscaped plaza between the Federal Building and the nearby Bowker Building.
This project will work to preserve a historically significant landmark while rejuvenating the legislature grounds and district for all Albertans and visitors to enjoy.
Toronto Reference Library, Expansion and Renewal:
The original library design, by Moriyama and Teshima Architects has stood handsomely over the years as a Toronto landmark. The renovation and expansion of the existing building is transforming the TRL into an exciting contemporary venue and renewed heart of the community.
A striking architectural icon, this 400,000 square foot building now welcomes one and all through a dramatic new Gateway; a fully glazed and transparent Glass Box that is both gateway and threshold, as well as a lens into the heart of the building.
Inside, to delight and inspire, M&T has wholly re-conceptualized the traditional library experience through innovative design of everything from Key spaces to contemporary prototype furnishings that are exclusive and unique to TRL. Some of the featured elements include: an expansive Event Centre to host major cultural and literary events that provide creative inspiration to our city; A breathtaking Special Collections Rotunda that celebrates the library's rich and varied special collections; Idea Gardens at various locations, each an original space that engages a unique aspect of perception and learning; study pods, learning labs and meeting rooms that exemplify innovation and cutting edge technologies at every opportunity; and a complete reconfiguration of the library's voluminous stacks to enhance and simplify the research process, invoking a new sense of enjoyment and discovery.
The Event Centre Addition, known as The Bram & Bluma Appel Salon is located on the east side of the building, beyond the second floor library stacks. It is a magnificent space flooded with natural light from a dramatic clerestory of windows and privileged by spectacular north-east views of the City.