Those Darn Blocks Again

This is what happens once you let yourself colour outside the lines.  But you really need to put it in context to see the odd juxtaposition of a classically proportioned church against the jumble of boxes.  Up close, it takes on a bit of a junkyard look.  More images here.

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The repetition of simple forms and materials give The Ironbank Building in Auckland, NZ a lot of design punch.

With a number of major potential projects getting talked up for stations along the Canada Line, PCI is first out of the gate with its rezoning proposal for Marine Gateway at Southwest Marine Drive and Cambie. The details are here.

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Dezeen has posted photographs here of some of the other pavilions due to open this weekend.  Photos of the Canada and UK pavilions were posted previously.  Some very innovative design on display here, but what’s up with Japan?

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A little hide-away in the mountains perhaps? Unfortunately the pictures that best do justice to the spectacular siting and design of this home cannot be linked, but the full photo album, drawings and text are here.

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This rendering is of a twelve unit condominium project just brought to market in Kolkata, India.  The building was designed by Piercy Connor Architects of the U.K.  For an in-depth description of the project, go here.

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This 28 unit residential building in Cesena, Italy was designed by Tissellistudioarchitetti and brilliantly illustrates how powerful simplicity and restraint can be.  There are more photos here.

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A bold stroke that’s sure to polarize, the new Moderna Museet Malmö in Sweden by Tham & Videgård Arkitekter uses perforated metal screening to clad an existing industrial brick building making big impact in the process.  There are more images here.

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Regrettably, the federal government failed to show the same creativity when it came to conceptualizing the Canada House venue for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics.  This eco-pavilion for the Shanghai World Expo 2010, with Cirque du Soleil in the lead, showcases Canadian design, natural materials and green building technology.  Images of the newly constructed pavilion can be viewed here.  Well done Cirque and well done Canada!

This article by Kerry Gold in Friday’s Globe and Mail talks about the pending changes coming to the north end of the Granville bridge and two of the market housing projects to be developed there.  My prior post on The Rolston is here.

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