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GG awards for architecture include 5 GTA buildings

This year’s Governor General’s Medals in Architecture will be given out at Rideau Hall in Ottawa on Friday and six of the recipients are from the Toronto area. A Toronto firm, Ted Teshima, also designed an Ottawa winner, the Delegation of the Ismaeli Imamat.  The winning Toronto-area  buildings cover a wide range of functions and styles—industrial, civic, domestic, educational and artistic.

Integral House

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Integral House in Rosedale, winner of Governor General’s Medal for Architecture. The jury praised its “intimate relationship with site and landscape, lyrical play of light and intense focus on how things are made . . . a superlative achievement in modern architecture.”

The name of this architectural gem functions on several levels: it reflects the interests of the man who commissioned it, a mathematician, and the house functions as both home and performance venue. As the jury put it in its comments about the winning design, it is a work of art “in which individual parts combine to create a resonant and beautiful whole.” It was designed by Patkau Archtects, a Vancouver firm.

Terrence Donnelly Health Sciences Complex,  University of Toronto Mississauga

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The Terence Donnelly Health Sciences Centre, designed by Kongats Architects of Toronto, is praised for its sophisticated use of materials, luminous interiors and civilizing use of natural light.

This complex includes teaching and research facilities for the Mississauga Academy of Medicine, the Department of Biomedical Communications and the Department of Anthropology and Forensics. The official jury citation says its “Interiors are luminous and civilised with ample natural light, and the sliding stacked volumes create terraces for encounter and engagement. The quality of detailing is exceptional and the sophisticated use of materials lifts the building into a class of its own.”

The remaining winners in the GTA include the Vaughan City Hall, by Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg architects of Toronto, the Mississauga Public Library Project, by RDH Architects, Toronto, and the Newmarket Operations Centre, also by RDH Architects, Toronto.

A complete list with photos of all architecture medal winners can be seen at the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada.

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