« The winners of the 2010 Pug Awards, the people’s choice awards for architecture, were recently unveiled at a ceremony at the Art Gallery of Toronto, the 2009 Pug Awards commercial category champion.
The sixth annual Pug Awards invited Torontonians of all stripes to vote for their most and least favourite new buildings from a field of 31 residential and 7 commercial/institutional developments. Online voting took place from May 1st to 31st at www.pugawards.com. To be eligible, developments must have been completed in 2009, be located within the city of Toronto, and consist of an area greater than 50,000 square feet or be considered noteworthy by the Pug Awards Advisory Board.
This year’s big winners included 60 Richmond East Housing Co-Operative as the best new residential building, and the Royal Conservatory TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning as top commercial/institutional project. Honourable mentions were awarded to Pure Spirit at the Distillery and The Arc in the residential category, and to RBC Centre and Bloorview Kids Rehab in the commercial/institutional category.
The 11-storey, 85-unit 60 Richmond East Housing Co-Operative was designed by Teeple Architects Inc. and developed by the Toronto Community Housing Corporation. It stands as Toronto’s first new housing co-operative in 20 years. The Royal Conservatory TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning was designed by Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects and developed by the Royal Conservatory. The new TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning is the final phase in the master plan to build a new home for the Royal Conservatory. The last element of this plan was completed in September 2009 with the opening of Koerner Hall, a 1,135-seat performance venue. The entire project involved the progressive restoration of McMaster Hall and the construction of the new TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning, creating a unique hybrid of teaching/rehearsal facility and destination concert venue with three major exhibition halls. »
(Source: Canadian Architect)
(Photo: 60 Richmond East Housing Co-Operative by Teeple Architects Inc.)
Below, you will find a video from the « Pug Ed Lecture: The Role of The Architect » by Gianpiero Pugliese, AUDAXarchitecture, Architect / Principal: