2007 B.C. Architecture Awards

Our 3rd post on 2007 North-West architectural awards features British Columbia and its crown jewel of a city Vancouver. Here at BUILD we love Vancouver; it’s modern, sophisticated and calm. You can find more modern hot spots on The Modern List Vancouver. Thanks to Gaile Guevara who knows the city well, she gave us some great links and authors a sharp blog. The Architectural Institute of British Columbia held it’s ceremony on April 28th and awarded the following projects.

Lieutenant-Governor of BC Medal

Patkau Architects / LM Architectural Group

Winnipeg Library



Winnipeg Library

Lieutenant-Governor of BC Medal

Hotson Bakker Boniface Haden
Desert Cultural Centre

Desert Cultural Centre

Desert Cultural Centre

Lieutenant-Governor of BC Merit Award
ABERDEEN CENTRE, Richmond BC Bing Thom Architects

Aberdeen Centre



Aberdeen Centre



Aberdeen Centre


Lieutenant-Governor of BC Merit Award
KILLARNEY COMMUNITY POOL Vancouver, BC hughes condon marler

Killarney Community Pool



Killarney Community Pool


Special Jury Award
LEBLANC HOUSE Vancouver, BC Peter Cardew Architects

-um hey Peter, you’ve got an architectural award under your belt now – it’s time to add what is referred to as “content” to your website.

Leblanc House



Special Jury Award

Hotson Bakker Boniface Haden / S.R. McEwen, Associated Architects

Mole Hill



Mole Hill

So the AIBC has an additional award, the Innovation Award which recognizes achievements that are not strictly ‘architectural’ but have a direct bearing on the future of architecture. Interestingly no Innovation Awards were given this year. We think of Vancouver as a very innovative city, a role model for Seattle – and not just because they have light-rail. So what’s going on up there? If Vancouver is no longer innovative what does that make Seattle?

Hot Furnishing Showrooms around the world

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Occasionally in our travels we come across items that simply shouldn’t be missed out there. They are almost destination points in and of themselves. Today’s entry focuses on 4 furniture/home furnishing showrooms around the world. Each is incredible and designer types will be nicely rewarded for seeking them out. For additional recommendations on where to stay, eat and drink near the showrooms refer to TheModernList.

DK- Kalkbrænderiløbskaj 2, 2100
, Copenhagen 39 16 65 65
Designed by Jørn Utzon with his sons Kim Utzon and Jan Utzon. It’s out of the way (in the industrial harbor) and can be difficult to get to – but that filters out the tourists.

Paustian 01

Paustian 02

76 9th Ave Floor 11
, Manhattan 212 343-4000
A check-in at the main floor lobby is required prior to entry.

Knoll 01

Knoll 02

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The Distillery District, 55 Mill Street Building 47A, Toronto 416.861.1821
3,200 square feet of retail. There are many additional design oriented shops in the vicinity. Check out our Toronto list for more recommendations.


50 Water Street, Vancouver BC 604.682.3868
23,000 square feet of retail, don’t miss the rooftop outdoor furniture display. Additional design shops in the area can be found on a previous post.

Inform Interiors Inc.


Gastown Modern, Vancouver
October 10, 2007, 3:34 pm
Filed under: Architecture, The Modern List, The Modern List Vancouver

Recently BUILD LLC went on its annual forward to Vancouver BC and saw some new design work, thanks to some great recommendations by Gaile Guevara. Vancouver’s Gastown has often been compared to Pioneer Square here in Seattle. The only difference is that while Seattle’s Pioneer Square remains trapped in ye olde tourist nightmare by day, frat-party by night, Vancouver’s Gastown is evolving and making design-forward progress. Here are a few sophisticated, well designed spaces all within walking distance of each other; for a complete list you can check out TheModernList Vancouver.



Obakki 44 Water Str 604.669.9727


Inform roof

Inform Interiors Inc. 50 Water Str 604.682.3868 Don’t miss the roof terrace

Richar Kidd

Richard Kidd 65 Water Str 604.677.1880 Currently under renovation