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Winners of our 13th annual Design Awards
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CONTENTS 13 Annual Best of Canada Design Awards
On the cover (clockwise from top left): Woolwich Memorial Centre; Spring Rolls – Conestoga; Sauder School of Business; The Royal Conservatory, Telus Centre for Performance and Learning; Rennie Offices + Gallery; LoyaltyOne (Air Miles Reward Program) Customer Care Centre; Brown Thomas Luxury Hall. BEST OF CANADA WINNERS The Royal Conservatory, Telus Centre for Performance and Learning Brown Thomas Luxury Hall LoyaltyOne (Air Miles Reward Program) Customer Care Centre Rennie Offices + Gallery Woolwich Memorial Centre Sauder School of Business Spring Rolls – Conestoga Osteria Ciceri e Tria Private Residence – West Vancouver Southbrook Vineyards 10 14 16 18 20 21 22 24 The Room at The Bay PaperStone Scissors – Exhibit at IDS09 Crystal Clear – Audi installation at IDS09 25 26 28 29 30
Bloor/Gladstone Branch Library 31 Vanilla Tisch system Stalac Coffee Table 33 34 34
Canadian Interiors would like to extend a big thanks to Allsteel, for the use of the Toronto Resource Centre, at which the judging for the 13th annual Best of Canada Design Awards was held.
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13th annual Best of Canada Design Competition
Call us a national treasure. Canadian Interiors’ Best of Canada Design Competition is the country’s only design competition to focus on interior design projects and products without regard to size, budget or location. We welcome submissions from interior designers, architects, interior architects, decorators, crafts persons and students. This year, we received 124 entries in nine categories: Office, Institutional, Hospitality, Residential, Retail, Marketing (including Exhibits and Showrooms), Landscape Design, Student Design and Product Design. The projects and products were each judged anonymously and on their individual merit. After careful consideration, dialogue and debate, our panel of five judges chose 17 winners (with only Student Design not represented), including two Projects of the Year. We would like to thank our five judges, for their expertise and enthusiasm: Tania Bortolotto, principal, Bortolotto Architects; William Elsworthy, of Elsworthy Wang Studio and Teeple Architects; Jason MacIsaac, owner of Ministry of the Interior; Drew Mandel, principal, Drew Mandel Design; and Samantha Sannella, president and CEO of the Design Exchange. It’s an honour for us to honour such fine work.
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The Royal Conservatory, Telus Centre for Performance and Learning, Toronto
Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects, Toronto
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Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects (KPMB) and The Royal Conservatory go way back to 1991, when the firm master-planned the music school’s vision for its future – a hybrid facility that, as built out, includes 43 teaching and practice studios, the 150-seat Conservatory Theatre and the 1,135-seat Koerner Hall. The Theatre replicates the acoustic quality and stage size of the main Koerner Hall to prepare students for live performance. To make Koerner seem unusually intimate for its seat count, KPMB partner Marianne McKenna wanted the ceiling to appear lower. She also wanted to conceal the utilitarian-looking lighting, rigging and loudspeakers. Robert Essert of Sound Space Design, the mastermind behind the excellent acoustics, explained to her that for sound considerations, the ceiling had to be an open grid. McKenna responded in inspired fashion, creating a floating veil of oak strings that became the hall’s signature icon, adapted for the logo graphics. These wood elements begin behind the chorus as a vertical backdrop to the stage and then twist to flow under the acoustic canopy, where they act to disperse sound. Sinuously curved balconies wrap the tall, shoebox-shaped room, optimizing sightlines. The project includes three tiers of glass-fronted lobbies, back-of-house areas for performers, a café at ground level; and an installation of unique antique musical instruments donated by Michael and Sonja Koerner, which concertgoers waiting on the ticket line particularly appreciate. Each lobby level has its own bar and offers magnificent views of the University of Toronto and the city. The triple-height main lobby, with limestone floors, accommodates 200 guests for seated dinners.
Design team: Marianne McKenna (design partner), Robert Sims (associate-in-charge), Dave Smythe (project architect) and Meika McCunn (project architect); plus Carolyn Lee, Frances Lago, Dan Benson, Krista Clark, Bill Colaco, George Friedman, Ramon Janer, Erik Jensen, David Jesson, John Mestito, Gary Yen, Robin Ramcharan, Rita Kiriakis, Lexi Kolt-Wagner, Scott Pomeroy, Olga Pushkar, Mark Simpson, Jimmy Sun, Deborah Wang, Chris Wegner, Norm Li and Clare Radford
Photos by Tom Arban (upper right) and Eduard Hueber/Arch Photo (left and lower right)
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Brown Thomas Luxury Hall, Dublin, Ireland
The new Luxury Hall marks Burdifilek’s third plum job at the Dublin, Ireland, flagship of luxury department store Brown Thomas. It follows on the heels, as it were, of the Brown Thomas Women’s Designer Collections and Shoe Departments in 2006 and the Men’s Concourse World in 2008. The Luxury Hall, dedicated to fine jewelry, watches and luxury gifts, is laid out as a piazza with enclaves for brands like Cartier and Tiffany projecting beyond the main area. The perimeter is sheathed in subtly reflective dichroic glass, the colour delicately shifting with light and movement as shoppers move through the space. Invisible floating vitrines are suspended on modulated transparent glass walls, allowing for a glimpse through to the adjacent in-store boutiques. Underfoot is a honed marble floor, in mottled creamy shades of taupe, cream and café-au-lait, while soft lighting further accentuates the shimmering, gold-hued iridescence throughout. Semi-circular glass display cases appear to float, cantilevered over sandblasted, champagne-coloured bases made of Starfire glass (a lead-free glass that lacks the usual greenish tinge). Oystercoloured suede displays provide an inconspicuous backdrop for the jewelry itself, allowing the product to take centre stage. The curving display counters encourage meandering and lead shoppers through the space. Taking a multilayered approach that blurs boundaries and dematerializes space, Burdifilek creative director Diego Burdi sheathed the big structural columns in mirrored glass, draperies of various lengths, and floor-to-ceiling sculptural assemblages of glinting, polished nickel rods suspended on wires. The rods’ reflections further enliven a ceiling already made interesting by the freeform, cove-lit cutouts above the column tops. Burdi cites as his inspiration for the sculptures Harry Bertoia, who is best
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remembered for his wire-basket-framed chairs for Knoll. However, a more proximate retro-era precedent would be Robert Lippold’s Orpheus and Apollo stabile (1962), made of hundreds of slender copper planks suspended from the ceiling of the piano nobile at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall in New York.
Design team: Diego Burdi, Paul Filek, Tom Yip, Jeremy Mendonca, Jacky Ngan, William Lau, Helen Chen, Anthony Tey, Edwin Reyes, Amy Chen and Wilson Lau
Photos by Ben Rahn/A-Frame
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Loyalty0ne (Air Miles Reward Program) Customer Care Centre, Toronto
It must have seemed like a brilliant idea at first: bringing power and data to the desktop down from the ceiling, by means of slender metal power poles, instead of fishing it up from the floor. Brilliant until the poles began to rattle when people walked by and tilt slightly, lending a touch of rinky-dink to many an otherwise crisp corporate interior. Figure3 highlighted this typical office
shortcoming at the LoyaltyOne Customer Care Centre in Toronto, tweaked it and turned it into a witty, colourful branding feature that repeats as a giant-scale stencil on the fenestration. Along the way, the designers transformed the large, 50,000-square-foot bullpen into a memorable work space. Extra-tall poles stretch diagonally from the floor to the joists supporting the
20-foot-high ceiling. Collectively, the crisscrossed poles stride through the open-concept space like a battalion of colossal Pick-up Sticks, their distinctive colours seemingly imbuing the poles with different personalities. The blue poles evoke the corporate colour of LoyaltyOne’s ubiquitous Air Miles Reward collector card. Further to reinforce the client’s branding message, thousands of blue card blanks were painstakingly assembled to form privacy screens hooding seating areas that function as intimate collaboration pods within the sprawling open space. These pods contribute an increase in conference areas by half. While downsizing is often a downer, the lively open space helps the medicine go down, the medicine being a reduction in personal real estate for the 400 customer reps from 140 to 125 square feet. The democratic space planning also helps ensure high morale. All staff share equal access to daylight and views, thanks to the low panel heights of workstations in the open areas. A variety of formal and informal meeting areas, a café, lunchroom, games room, quiet room, knowledge lab, prayer rooms, massage room and several lounges ensure that workers will collaborate across their departmental silos. Figure3 assisted the client in the initial search for an energy-saving site and evaluated the costs of a 10-year LEED program featuring an 800-panel solar rooftop array (Canada’s largest). Solatubes (a light-piping system) direct daylight to the centre of the work area, reducing glare and minimizing power draw for interior lighting. And workers enjoy sitting near operable windows.
Design team: partners Christopher Wright and Caroline Hughes; senior team leaders Darryl Balaski, Erin Armstrong and Eric Yorath; team leaders Jackie Prawecki, Steve Tsai and Angela Stinson; project designers Bradley Marks, Laura Burke and Pavel Voronenko
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Photo by Richard Johnson
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Rennie Offices + Gallery, Vancouver
mgb Architecture + Design, Vancouver
Vancouver’s first Chinese school lives again in the new Rennie Offices and Gallery. Like a fine wine, it exploits artifacts of the old structure to add layers of depth and complexity to the crisply Modernist new one. Walter Francl Architects inserted its handiwork into a pair of 1880s masonry buildings in Vancouver’s Chinatown that were undergoing extensive heritage revitalization; while mgb (formerly knowns as mcfarlane / green / biggar) designed the interiors. The project joins a six-storey brick laneway building with a three-storey streetfront brick building. The unusual program accommodates two diverse sets of activities: a busy real estate marketing office and a private gallery housing the owner’s extensive collection of contemporary art. The office area evokes the rawness of the original school with an elegant grid of reveals cut into knotty, grainy pine wood panelling on the back wall. The schoolhouse room was preserved intact and adapted as a meeting room. The gallery area comprises a main large gallery punctuated by clerestory windows, a skylit middle gallery, a dark smaller gallery for video or light-controlled installations, a tall slot gallery with openings that expose the underlying heritage masonry, and a cellar-level gallery. As for being green, wood from the building was reclaimed and repurposed throughout the project into doors, washroom partitions, meeting tables, the reception desk and wall storage.
Design team: mgb principals Michele Biggar, Michael Green and Steven McFarlane; with Susan Scott and Tracey Mactavish
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Photo by Nic Lehoux
Woolwich Memorial Centre, Elmira, Ont.
MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects, Toronto
The Woolwich Memorial Centre in Elmira consolidates the Township of Woolwich’s recreational programs into a single public complex. As a memorial to Dan Snyder, the late NHL player and native of the southwestern Ontario town, the Woolwich Memorial Centre serves as an important civic building. Indeed, this structure is more a multiuse project than an athletic centre: the arena converts into a convention and entertainment venue. The building layout is based on a cruciform plan, with the arena in the north and the swimming pool and community areas to the south. Transparent interior glazing ensures excellent sight-
lines and views of all the activities from the central spine. The design resolution expresses the idea of community layering through the overlapping of program and the layering of colour and material texture. The material choices – corrugated metal, wood and masonry – establish a muted colour palette that offers a neutral backdrop. Users enliven this base layer with the colours of their team jerseys and sports paraphernalia. Graphic elements provide wayfinding cues, easing traffic flow throughout the building. For instance, a teal ribbon starts in the aquatic hall and continues into the
concourse where it wraps around the reception counter. The cost of the 117,500-square-foot project was $20.3-million, but this tight budget didn’t deter the designers from having their fun. In the aquatic area, complementary red and blue rectangular inserts in the window wall liven up the otherwise austere space with a jivey Mondrianesque boogie-woogie.
Design team: David Miller, Viktors Jaunkalns, John MacLennan, Andrew Filarski, Dan Kronby, Mark Downing, Chen Cohen, Chris Burbidge, Nicolas Choy and Troy Wright
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Photo by Tom Arban
Sauder School of Business, Vancouver
Acton Ostry Architects, Vancouver
The University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business has expanded steadily since the original Henry Angus Classroom Block and Henry Angus Office Tower were constructed in 1965. This latest campaign by Acton Ostry Architects includes the insertion of a five-level
addition and atrium on the west side of the existing classroom block. The skylit atrium links the addition to the existing building to bring order to the complex through the creation of a central circulation spine at the heart of the school. The new addition accommodates lecture
theatres, breakout rooms, an undergraduate centre, student social space and learning commons. The most distinctive new component is the leadership centre’s tiered lecture theatre. The giant glulam beams that support the wooden ceiling bend along the curving wall at the rear, evoking giant hockey sticks. Together with the concentric rows of desks, the room makes statements about B.C.’s blond, woody regional style and the lecture hall as community hockey arena. Passive solar shading combined with fritted glazing reduces heat gain and glare. The renovated and revitalized ground floor incorporates new graduate and business career centres that are linked with lounge areas, informal study spaces, a café and a student store. Russell Acton, principal at Acton Ostry Architects, explains that “The rhythm of the existing building structure reminded us of a barcode.” To that end, he wrapped the disparate additions in a unifying, new glazed facade embellished with barcode in the guise of green and blue wood panels that spell out the school’s name. These colours, in turn, derive from the palette of influential B.C. painters, such as Jack Shadbolt, B.C. Binning and Emily Carr. The interior integrates wayfinding and a donor-recognition program featuring images of forest scenes and donor portraits. The images are made of international currency symbols used as pixels – a witty touch.
Design team: Russell Acton, Mark Ostry, Alex Percy, Stewart Child, Antonio Colin, AnnaLisa Meyboom, Ryan McCuaig, Peter Padley, Volker Ritter, Rafael Santa Ana, Mark Simpson, Nebo Slijepcevic, Hannah Teicher, Sergei Vahkrameev, Andrew Weyrauch, Matthew Wood and David Zeibin
Photo by Nic Lehoux
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Spring Rolls Conestoga, Waterloo, Ont.
Dialogue 38, Toronto
Spring Rolls has popularized pan-Asian cuisine in Toronto since its founding in 1996. The chain’s motto – “Quality without the price, style without the attitude” – speaks to the replacing of the image of the grungy downtown food mill often associated with Far Eastern dining with upmarket, yuppie-acceptable eateries. Bennett Lo, who heads interior design firm Dialogue 38, is the designer behind this long-running merchandising metamorphosis. Moving westward, Spring Rolls recently brought its franchise to Waterloo, Ont., at the newly expanded and renovated Conestoga Mall. The venue draws university students and trendy young professionals. Lo tricked out the space with enough glitz and glitter to satisfy a Las Vegas high-roller, let alone local diners in search of moderately priced ethnic eats. But, as ever, the designer’s imaginative detailing stops short of looking overly fussy or mannered. In the vestibule, light sculptures hang from the 22-foot ceiling. The 12-foot-long reception desk glows with a sexy, backlit, honey onyx cladding. Behind the desk rises a metal grid whose voids form a wine-display wall. Colour-changing LED lighting adds a sense of movement here and in the adjoining bar and lounge, where the Spring Rolls logo adorns white textured walls. In the dining room, attention focuses on the massive lighting feature, 24 feet long and three feet wide, with multiple rows of internally illuminated, eight-foot crystal strands. The room’s 14-foot-high ceiling tapers downward to help frame the piece. The logo recurs on computer-cut white acrylic, adding texture to the ceiling, and on bronze mirror wall panels. Even the trek to the upper-level bathrooms is memorable. The staircase’s red, linear-textured walls are dimly lit from a custom light panel in the ceiling that is branded, again, with the eatery’s logo.
Design team: principals Bennet Lo and Raul Delgado; Marya Hwyn and Wendy Wang
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Osteria Ciceri e Tria, Toronto
Giannone Petricone Associates Architects, Toronto
An osteria is an Italian tavern where family, friends and neighbours share some wine, find out the day’s gossip, and taste what the oste, or host, has decided to make that day. In this case, it signifies the traditional Italian restaurant serving moderately priced, authentic cuisine from Puglia (a region in the Italian boot), that Cosimo Mammoliti, owner of Terroni in Toronto and Los Angeles, had long planned to open. On the edge of Toronto’s business district, this 60-seat restaurant presents itself as small refuge from the anonymity of the big city, offering instant community. Entry through the artisanal storefront suggests to visitors that they are in for a treat with some Old World hospitality. Once inside, however, they see that Giannone Petricone Associates has made the rustic modern. Surfaces of reclaimed wood and stripped boards are routered with machine precision and fitted out with polished and powdercoated hardware. A peg wall of uniformly distributed, crisply cut slots, pegs and shelves is fully adaptable and easily reconfigured for displays. On the walls, snapshots emphasize the “family” in “family tavern,” while squiggles and place names plot the routes of the Giro d’Italia bicycle race. At the centre of the room, industriallooking, yellow articulated swinging lamps contrast against the predominantly warm, woody tones. The lamps illuminate the tavalone, a 20-seat communal table where strangers socialize and presumably enjoy a dinner-party atmosphere. At each place setting, the table edges are inscribed with an Italian name. During their visit, patrons are identified by this persona rather than by table numbers. The flour-covered pasta-making butcher block by day becomes an eight-person dining table by night. Carved on the table is the recipe for the restaurant’s signature dish: ciceri e tria, chick peas with fried Tria pasta (traditional pasta from Lecce). As for the green quotient, interior
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walls, tables and benches are made from reclaimed timber chosen to imbue the interior with warmth and informality, while ensuring that the restaurant is acoustically suitable, durable and easy to maintain.
Design team: Ralph Giannone, Pina Petricone, Michael Rietta, Tom Kanellopoulos, Leland Dadson, Sacha Ferro-Townsend and Reza Aliabadi
Photo by Ben Rahn/A-Frame
Private Residence, West Vancouver, B.C.
Mitchell Freedland Design, Vancouver
This 1,250-square-foot, second-floor master suite is an addition to an existing Modernist beach house, located on a steep site with spectacular vistas of B.C. waters. The design challenge was to create a seamless interior envelope that respected the minimalist structure while infusing a sense of warmth in the new environment. The floor plan responds to the panoramic views and the building’s trapezoidal footprint. A flat-screen television and fireplace were positioned as an organizational device between the lounge and bed. A Starfire glass partition defines the bed and bath areas, its clarity enhancing the dramatic views from the bath area. Skylights demarcate the bath area and provide abundant natural light. Their form
and rhythm follow the existing skylights in the lower floor, bowing to the established vocabulary and providing a measure of design continuity. The ceiling drops over the open bath and the woodpanelled rear plane and storage wall. The edge of the drop is lit to emphasize the ceiling form. The materials palette was pared down to avoid competing with the views. The panelling of rift-cut white oak offers a change from the dominant white and supplies the sense of warmth requested by the client. Another exception to the controlled scheme is the sensuous counterpoint of the taupe, velvet-draped closet, a surprise element that the client loved.
All furnishings, including pendant fixtures and backlit mirrors, were customdesigned for the space. The exception is the circa-1957 acrylic Lily chair from Erwin and Estelle LaVerne’s Invisible series, at the sink vanity.
Design team: Mitchell Freedland, assisted by Aaron MacKenzie-Moore
Photo by Ed White
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Southbrook Vineyards, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont.
Diamond and Schmitt Architects, Toronto
Svelte, seductive new Southbook Vineyards, located on a 150-acre estate, offers a reason – other than the traffic jams on the Queen Elizabeth Way – for Shaw Festival theatregoers to allow extra time for the drive. A bridge over a reflecting pool leads to a single glazed entrance that punctuates the solidity of the 9-foot-high, 650-footlong landscape wall. Its sleek, long, low lines connect with the flat landscape as surely as does the elongated hip roof of a Frank Lloyd Wright Prairie house. The wall opens onto a delicate, 8,000-square-
foot glass pavilion juxtaposed against the wall that houses retail and hospitality facilities. In the pavilion, floor-to-ceiling glazing offers panoramic views of the vineyards. The interior vistas also intrigue, thanks to the full-height vitrines holding French oak barrels of wine that define spaces within the building. Contrasting colour-blocked wall sectors and grainy wood panelling warm the spatial envelope. Wine-bottle displays in horizontal niches carved into the landscape wall add a tactile, sculptural note.
The project achieved its sustainable design target of LEED Gold, one of only three wineries in North America to gain the coveted designation.
Design team: Jack Diamond and Martin Davidson, principals; Walton Chan, project architect; plus Malini Rao Smirnis, Cynthia Toyota and Carl Madsen
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The Room at The Bay, Toronto
Yabu Pushelberg, Toronto
Forgettable name notwithstanding, The Room is the iconic boutique in the Hudson’s Bay Company flagship where generations of status-conscious females have spent serious cash on elegant outfits. In the past decade or so that sterling image grew tarnished. The boutique suffered along with the rest of The Bay as ownership
changed hands and the entire departmentstore niche faced unprecedented competition from big-box and stand-alone specialty stores. Enter The Bay’s latest president and CEO, Bonnie Brooks. Hardly your typical bean counter, the former Flare editor and Holt Renfrew VP made a bold bid to restore
The Room’s supremacy by engaging Yabu Pushelberg to redesign it. With clients like New York’s Bergdorf Goodman and Tiffany’s on their roster, George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg are past masters at high-end retail. Yabu Pushelberg unified the 20,000-square-foot space by giving it a cohesive point of view rather than trying to reflect the identity of each retail brand. The designers subdivided the shop into distinct zones delineated with visually permeable screens. These were seemingly assembled from oversize shish-kabob skewers bearing not meat or mushrooms, but rounded-edge glass rectangles. (This retro motif dates back to a fabric pattern popularized by futuristic ’60s French fashion designer André Courrèges, father of the miniskirt.) The screens’ openness allows daylight to flow unimpeded, which reflects and sparkles on the silvery metal fittings, gleaming glass and white-on-white scheme. The palette creates a gracious, neutral backdrop for the hits of colour provided by the merchandise displays. In turn, these opportunities are offered sparingly, another indicator of luxury retail (as opposed to junking-up the shelves with quantity). Indeed, the busiest zone, surprisingly, is the ceiling, where swirling, curving rods and a flock of abstracted blackbirds create sculptural interest, while adding a dollop of residential intimacy by seeming to drop the base-building ceiling height. In the footwear area, characterized by sweeping Deco curves in the walls and overscale ottomans, ghostly laurel-crown cartouches allude to The Bay’s ancient aristocratic history (it is the oldest commercial corporation in North America and one of the oldest in the world).
Design team: George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg, Reggie Andrade, Abraham Chan, Eduardo Figueredo, Julian Kim, Eric Lam, Anson Lee, Sunny Leung, Teresa Leung, Mary Mark, Rand Patterson, Shida Salehi, Kevin Storey and Maria Tsang
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PaperStone Scissors – exhibit at IDS09, Toronto
Plant Architect, Toronto
PaperStone Scissors was commissioned by the Interior Design Show for its 2009 Collaborations series, which pairs a supplier and designer with the challenge of creating an installation using only the supplier’s material. Warm to the touch and without the plastic feel or look of many solid surfaces, PaperStone, the material in question, is a water- and fire-resistant, layered and compressed sandwich made in North America from post-consumer recycled paper and non-petroleum resins. It is LEED-qualifying and FSC-certified. PaperStone is unusually strong, smooth and monolithic, easily accepts patterning and can be cut precisely. The material normally finds use as a countertop or exterior wall cladding. Plant Architect used it to create an environment of cut
screens inspired by Japanese shoji screens (which are light, thin and precise) and paper dolls repeatedly cut with scissors. High in the priority of design criteria was for the installation to be assembled quickly and packaged easily for shipping to subsequent trade shows. Plant Architect partner Lisa Rapoport recalls that they used a tangram, the Chinese dissection puzzle, as their model to make sure that any pieces cut out of the sheet would fit back into it for flat packing à la Ikea. Because the material is strong and holds a precise edge when cut, Rapoport surmised that the screens could be self-supporting. The installation, then, is a series of CNC-cut screens joined by PaperStone connectors and additionally CNC surface-engraved. Shelves were keyed
in with slots and wedges made from PaperStone. There were no other materials, connectors or glue. The entire project was cut and engraved in four days, assembled at the show in four hours and dismantled in two, with no waste produced. The installation demonstrates several PaperStone finishes. The shelves were either spray lacquered or left with their selvage edges (self-finished edges that keep the material from unravelling or fraying). The panels were oiled and the connectors were left raw.
Design team: Lisa Rapoport, Chris Pommer, Mary Tremain, Vanessa Eickhhoff, Matt Hartney and Lisa Dietrich
Photo by Peter Legris
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Crystal Clear – Audi installation at IDS09, Toronto
3rd Uncle, Toronto
Crystal Clear, a feature installation at the 2009 Interior Design Show at Toronto’s Direct Energy Centre, interwove several distinct brand messages. It highlighted Audi’s participation in the show as a major sponsor, showcased the new Audi Q5 automobile in its first public appearance outside the auto tradeshow circuit, and aligned the Audi brand with design excellence in an audience of design professionals.
The 25-foot-tall custom steel-frame structure was clad in translucent, reflective Mylar panels and suspended eight feet above the show floor. Mylar panels offset diagonally within the double-panel-height frame lent the installation a complex, crystalline appearance alluding to the show’s Audi-sponsored Swarovski Crystal exhibit. The installation’s crystal metaphor underlined the car’s luxury status. Inside the suspended ring, fluorescent
strips shone onto the Q5 and transformed the installation into an elegant beacon. The space defined by the ring overhung the public corridor by seven feet on two sides, blurring the line of entry and opening up the space as an inviting meeting place.
Design team: partner John Tong and Robert Micacchi
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Bloor/Gladstone Branch Library, Toronto
RDH Architects, Toronto
The Bloor/Gladstone Library, designed by Chapman and McGiffen Architects in 1912, is a listed heritage building in downtown Toronto. Despite that distinction, it had become dilapidated and dysfunctional. RDH Architects was commissioned to design an additional 12,000 square feet, bringing the collection and facilities up to the standards of the Toronto District Library, the largest library system in North America. The intervention included significant renovations to the existing building and the construction of an addition with a raised glass pavilion and a stone base. To create a barrier-free institution, the public now enters from a lower-level plaza two feet below sidewalk grade. To access
this plaza, one can either descend four steps or the sloped walkways flanking the main entry. Landscape design occurs at all floor levels of the project. Four limestone plinths supporting lit, tempered-glass balustrades mark the main entry procession of four stone-slab steps leading to the lowered entry plaza. Faceted, sandblasted concrete planters define the edges of the sloped, barrier-free walkways leading to the entry-level plaza. Limestone-slab benches hover above the concrete planters, providing human scale and public seating along Bloor Street and within the sunken courtyard in the children’s area. This courtyard – defined by a limestone
garden wall and patio lined with trees, tall grasses and flowering shrubs – offers supervised access to an outdoor reading space. Sustainable landscape initiatives include two green-roof systems, one accessible from the second floor of the library and one on the roof of the new addition; an underground reservoir under the sunken courtyard for storm water and irrigation; permeable paving along exit paths; and the planting of domestic shrubs, grasses and 19 new trees.
Design team: RDH Architects partner Bob Goyeche; Tyler Sharp, project designer; Graham Gavine, project manager. NAK Design was landscape architect.
Photo by Steven Evans
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“Tisch” is German for “desk” or “table.” As the name implies, this is a European-style, beam-based collaborative desking system. With its modular components and intelligent rail, Tisch works in benching, casegood and conferencing applications. (The rail is “intelligent” because legs, top and privacy panel slide along it and attach quickly, without tools.) Tisch can be used in a private office, back-to-back or face-to-face shared office, team space, or even – when separated into component tables – as freestanding desks in a learning space. A comprehensive cable-management system provides fast and easy access to power and data. Accessory rails, organizer units, screens,
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Stalac Coffee Table
The Practice of Everyday Design, Toronto
As any spelunker knows, limestone icicles growing up are stalagmites, those growing down, stalactites. The Stalac Coffee Table represents an abstract image of a rectangular section from a cave ceiling, using
the stalactites as the table legs. The table, which measures two feet by three feet, is manufactured on order by Merlinworks in Toronto. A rubber negative mould is made from a CNC-routered
positive of the table made of MDF. The resulting cast, a fibreglass table, is then finished with an automotive paint containing subtle metal flakes. The Practice of Everyday Design is a partnership founded in 2009 between Antoine Morris and David Long with a focus on installation art, product design and architecture. Their table was first shown at the 2010 Interior Design Show in Toronto.
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