The Oval opens

Richmond Olympic Oval, designed by Cannon Design, opened today to the public for the first time. There will be other events tomorrow as well. Visit official website for more event info.

The major feature is, of course, the roof - it has one of the longest clear spans in North America. A tribute to the Salish art, its roof shape is the stylized heron's wing that occurs in their graphics. This building in particular is expected to be 2010's "Bird's Nest".

All in all, only one more competition venue is left to be completed - the curling rink. Read more about the oval and other venues at CBC.

A few more pictures:


renderings of Our Lady of Assumption by Patkau Architects

Patkau Architects have gotten two out of four Canadian Architect Excellence Awards. One for Hadaway House in Whistler and one for Our Lady of Assumption in Port Coquitlam. Also, Michael Barton of UBC received a student category award.

These images and more: Patkau website


Image Post: Gair Williamson

I think his work is amazing. Let's review:


and, of course, Case Study 547

These images (and more): www.gwarchitects.ca


"Where is the Square?" Update

Vancouver Public Space Network has posted up the competiotion brief for "Where is the square?" a couple of weeks ago. The brief and a few other supporting files are on their website.

The best parts of this competition are the absolute freedom in locating "the square" - as long as it is in Vancouver proper - and that the entry is open to anyone who wants a go at it.

The entry forms are due on January 30th and the designs are due on March 20th.