Client: City Of Victoria
Location: Victoria, British Columbia
Type: Pavilion / Temporary Installation
Status: Design Competition | Shortlisted Entry
Uniquely situated at the southern edge of Vancouver Island; Victoria is a bustling urban capital with a seaward gaze. The urban peninsula looks out towards a collection of small pacific islands, which seemingly twist, weave and dance in the cool sea breeze. Victoria has developed its own unique personality that is somewhere between nature and urbanity. The “Archipelago” installation attempts to create a coastal experience in an urban environment. The unique sculptural forms invite one to explore and interact with the installation in a multitude of ways. Performance, relaxation and recreation can happen simultaneously, providing opportunities for visitors of all ages.
The time has come to experience Victoria’s personality in a new way; a synergy of city and seascape... the “Archipelago”
Osoyoos Lake, Osooyos, British Columbia
Located in the southern portion of the Okanagan Valley, the city of Osoyoos enjoys long desert-like summers. Consistent hot weather and its incredible rolling landscape as a backdrop, make Osoyoos Lake the perfect destination for water sport enthusiasts.
Proposed is a wakeboard cable park which will be positioned near the shoreline, utilizing two towers supporting a motorized cable system. The riders will start from a sheltered dock, and propelled on the water through a series of obstacles. On the beach will be a small structure which will house the main office, retail store and washroom, while also providing a public rooftop patio. The wakepark will not only encourage locals to utilize the lake in new and exciting ways, but will also encourage others from adjacent communities to frequent the city, helping to grow the regional economy.
Bolduc Design was responsible for the production of an artist rendering, as well as design consultation on the project.
Client: Boombox Wakeparks
Location: Gillies Lake, Timmins, Ontario
Type: Cable Wakeboard Park
Status: Completed Summer 2014
Timmins is one of the largest cities in Northern Ontario, in both land and population. Being a northern locale, winter sports and activities have been a main stay in the livelihood of most residents in the area. Features such as the Kamiskotia Ski Resort, as well as the extensive network of hockey rinks have made practicing winter sports both enjoyable and convenient. While winter activities remain popular amongst most, summer sports and activities are a little harder to come by. With the downtown core slowly drying up and activity shifting towards its western extremities, Timmins needed something to pull people back into the core. The Timmins Wakepark has enjoyed a busy debut season, garnering a lot of positive attention and feedback form patrons and onlookers.
Location: Spar Lake, Minden Hills, Ontario
Type: Cabin / Bunkhouse
Status: Completed Summer 2011
HillTop cabin was nominated for the 2011 “WoodWorks!” award presented by the Canadian Wood Council, in the Green Building and Residential Building categories. The building uses wood for roughly 80% of it’s total makeup. The other 20% is made up of salvaged metal roofing, salvaged patio door, slider window, notched concrete blocks, screws/nails, and weather resistant barriers. 100% of the wood used in the project is Canadian and all materials were transported to the site from locations of less than a 20km radius. The Cabin incorporates an electrical feed from the main Lodge down the hill, which allows the client to run electricity only when needed, keeping the building off-grid, and eliminating $1000’s from the total building cost. The cabin also utilizes cross-ventilation to keep the building cool and well ventilated during peak summer heat. The soil which the cabin rests remains undisturbed by utilizing concrete block footings as an alternative to poured footings, which also reduces the amount of concrete needed for building structure. Additionally, the sloped roof was designed to prolong the life of the building by effectively shedding water away from the building’s footprint. This in turn minimizes the possibility of disturbing the soil around the block footings. The galvanized metal roofing is made up of off-cuts from a local supplier’s shop, reducing waste and cost. The project remained on budget, largely due to the use of salvaged materials and the cost efficiency of utilizing Canadian wood products.
Client: Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation
Location: Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation
Type: Community / Recreation Facility + Housing
Status: Unbuilt | Concept Completed 2013
First Nations peoples, native to the vast and diverse landscape we call Canada, have been forced to adapt to a modernized framework largely crafted by settlers of European descent. A slowly improving relationship between the Canadian government and Aboriginal peoples creates opportunities for a better future, and a better Canada. Many Aboriginal communities across the country are emerging as leaders of tomorrow, yet despite these positive signs of progress, many First Nations communities are still struggling to adapt. Architecture has strong potential to help improve lives, providing hope for a prosperous future; free of poverty, and rich in cultural integrity. The bond between architect and client forms the basis for design work to flourish in a manner which pertains to the specific needs of the community. It is through this reciprocal dialogue that answers may be uncovered, by which meaningful architecture can be realized. Through a partnership with the community of Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg (KZA), the project suggests potential solutions allowing them to grow and prosper over the next 30 years of development.
Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada
Winner of the 2010 “WoodWorks!” award presented by the Canadian Wood Council, for best product. Combined with computer based design and modularity, the product creates a unique opportunity for customization in usage as well as aesthetics. Because of its adaptive qualities, the bench can be easily modified to suit any location and scenario, ranging from commercial waiting areas, restaurant seating or various residential applications, looking to add a functional sculptural element to a space. The bench’s modular construction generates the opportunity to add and modify any of its components to suit individual program requirements. The product can be left exposed to reveal its skeletal assembly, covered with a translucent fabric and back lit, or completely faced to reveal its sculptural qualities. Possibilities are limited only to the imagination. The bench was fastened solely using friction joints at intersecting pieces and wooden dowels for the horizontal slats forming the back rest. All wooden dowels were set in place with environmentally safe glue containing saw dust.
CAMELOT RESEARCH & VISITOR CENTRE, ARCHmedium Competition
It can be argued that the western tradition of architecture began with the myth of Daedalus and the construction of the labyrinth at Crete. By making the connection between myth and architecture, we hope to develop a process by which we can combine storytelling, myth and construction in the construing of original architecture.
While we consider modern means of construction and historical conservation for this project, the focus of our method is to emphasize the role of imagination and storytelling in the design of new buildings.
Considering these methods, we propose a process of architectural design which begins with the act of cutting the earth to expose what lies hidden within. The archaeological grids lain to mark the area to be investigated form the first construction lines of our design. From those first lines drawn on the earth, we begin to excavate and carefully record what we find as we descend. As the archaeological dig progresses, the design develops using what is found, both physically in the earth, and the stories which unravel as part of the process of investigation and research.
Ottawa River, Ottawa, Ontario
Dinner Pavilion designed around notions of gathering. Organized around a central dinner bar/grill, the pavilion provides seating towards the north and shelving towards the south. The shelving wall serves to create a screen, framing portions of the river directly behind, while providing ambient lighting during evening events. The bar/grill acts as an anchor point to the project by providing an area to eat, drink and socialize. A 1″ gap surrounding the charcoal fire pit diffuses thermal bridging, minimizing the risk of heat and fire damage to the adjacent wood surface. The grill is set into removable concrete basin and sits atop a salvaged wood spool from an industrial supplier, reinforced using steel angles. Lastly, a metal chandelier using 100% recycled material is tethered between trees to the east and west, drawing interest to the tree canopy above.
Downtown Alleyway, Ottawa, Ontario
Cities are filled with residual areas and for the most part, they are either used for undesirable purposes (such as garbage disposal) or appear completely unused. Proposed is a framework of community building aimed at transforming a rather mundane alleyway into a fully functional urban garden. Solutions are derived from guerrilla style art experiments designed to engage the public in a manner that would alter the course of their daily routine.
The resulting proposal aims to utilize these leftover spaces, turning them into something useful and engaging.
Long Term Care Facility, Scarborough, Ontario
Our physical environment has a tremendous effect on how we feel and live. The long term care sector is one of great concern, as the people inhabiting these facilities are at the most vulnerable stage of their lives. As the “Baby-Boomer” generation begins to age, the strain on long term care facilities will continue to grow, leaving many of them overcrowded. Overpopulation places an extraneous burden on the older facilities. The health care system often under funds these facilities, giving the units and the people that inhabit them very little chance of regaining a sense of dignity and renewal. To provide the residents with hope for the future, support must come from all parties; everyone from families, staff, social workers, architects, and government agencies. All must work together to find solutions to improve the state of our long term care centres. “WALL TO CEILING” focuses on areas of spatial adaptability, experience, sustainability, and economic viability leading to the revitalization of any facility in need of change. Emphasis is placed on re-imagining the use of public spaces in long term care facilities and their relationship to the Nursing Station. Public spaces are an integral part of any community based establishment, providing areas for experiential gathering with family, friends and staff. At the forefront of the public space is the nursing station, providing a sense of structure and care for all. The role nurses play is vital to the success of any long term care facility. Their ability to connect with and heal the facility’s residents is critical to to any centre’s success. Architecture can be a great tool to help facilitate the transition from one’s home into long term care. A well designed environment can provide the right atmosphere to create dynamic staff to patient relationships. Natural settings and spaces have strong healing power, and “WALL TO CEILING” works to recreate a natural environment by incorporating wood in various forms and functions. This in turn, will help create home-like spaces within the context of the institution, helping build a strong sense of community based living.
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Proposed is a development for land north of the 417 from the Scotiabank Place entertainment center, home the Ottawa Senators NHL club. Since construction of the new NHL stadium in Kanata, a community west of Ottawa, the surrounding area has seen a surge of development in suburban residential units. Kanata’s rise in population increases the demand for densification of the area to avoid further sprawling of Ottawa’s city limits. The proposed design would allow the vacant land to be transformed into a hotel casino complex that would accommodate large numbers of guest usually forced to commute back towards Ottawa’s central core seeking lodging and nightly entertainment. The tower would also provide opportunities for condo ownership, thus encouraging densification of the area. By densifying Kanata’s urban border, new public transportation initiatives such as the proposal for a light rail train system connecting Ottawa’s East and West suburban communities could become a reality in a much more timely manner.
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