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May 7, 2010
City of Toronto unveils competing architectural designs for a vibrant, new North Market building in the St. Lawrence Market Complex
  
Today, Deputy Mayor Joe Pantalone (Ward 19 Trinity-Spadina) and Councillor Pam McConnell (Ward 28 Toronto Centre-Rosedale) officially unveiled the five short-listed competing designs in the St. Lawrence Market North Building Design Competition. In February 2010, five design teams were selected from a field of 30 to compete in Stage 2 of the competition and develop full architectural building designs.

“Some of the best and most established teams in architecture are presenting their designs for this property,” said Deputy Mayor Pantalone. “The five competing designs all offer different approaches to a new four-storey, multi-purpose facility on a landmark site - a development that will be recognized for excellence in sustainable design and energy efficiency in one of Toronto's most historic neighbourhoods.”

"We are one step closer in building a vibrant, new North Market building," said Councillor McConnell. "The five short-listed design teams all have unique interpretations. We now invite the public to give their feedback and help select the best, forward-looking design that is mindful of the character and the heritage of the St. Lawrence neighbourhood."

The five short-listed teams that are presenting design concepts for this competition are:
Adamson Associates Architects and Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
Cohos Evamy + Hotson Bakker Boniface Haden Architects
Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects
NORR Limited, Architects Engineers Planners
Taylor Hazell Architects and Montgomery Sisam

In mid-May, a jury of seven distinguished members will evaluate the five short-listed submissions and choose a winning design. The competition winner will be announced on June 7, and until then, each of the designs are anonymous, identified only by a designated colour to ensure fairness and equity in judging.

The panel of jury members include:
Christine Couvelier, President of Culinary Concierge
Dr. Ron Dembo, Founder and CEO of Zerofootprint
William N. Greer, B.Arch., FRAIC, CAHP, Professional Heritage Consultant
Andrea P. Leers, FAIA, Principal at Leers Weinzapfel Associates
Peter Ortved, B.Arch., OAA, FRAIC, Principal of CS&P Architects
Russell Smith, Canadian Novelist and Newspaper Columnist
Claire Weisz, Founding Partner of WXY Architecture

The public is invited to view the short-listed designs in the Great Hall of St. Lawrence Hall, located at 157 King St. E., 3rd floor, at the following times:

Friday, May 7: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday, May 8: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday, May 9: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Visit http://www.toronto.ca/stlawrence_market/design to view and provide feedback on the five competing architectural designs, and for more information.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents. For information about non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Media contacts:
Cindy Bromley, Finance and Administration Communications Manager, 416-392-4993, cbromley@toronto.ca
Alex Mozo, Communications and Marketing Consultant, 416-397-5226, amozo@toronto.ca





 

 

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