The 2018 World Architecture Festival (WAF) kicks off in Amsterdam today with presentations and events occurring through November 30th, during which time more than 500 shortlisted projects will be presented to more than 130 international judges, all vying to win prestigious awards in 43 categories. Two Stantec Architecture projects—Cambridge Memorial Hospital Redevelopment and the University of Lethbridge Science and Academic Building (designed with KPMB Architects)—were shortlisted from more than 1,100 entries representing 81 countries.
Designed by Stantec Architecture, the Cambridge Memorial Hospital is competing in the Health – Future Project category. It is one of just six projects selected and the only Canadian project selected.
The hospital’s design draws inspiration from the rivers, landscape, and communities that characterize the city of Cambridge, Ontario. Its site on the bank of the Grand River provides the opportunity to create an environment of wellness that reconnects patients, staff, and families to nature and reflects the community they live in.
“Hospitals are incredibly complex facilities whose intricacies often result in banal environments supportive of technology, but not of human experience,” says Eugene Chumakov, project architect for Stantec. “So, we set out to design a place that transcends that complexity, finding the inspiration points that connect people to community. By doing so, we move beyond a place focused on health treatment towards the creation of a new community heart—a place you’re just as likely to visit for coffee with friends as to receive medical treatment.”
Designed by KPMB|Stantec - Architects in Association, the University of Lethbridge’s Science and Academic Building is competing in the Education – Future Project category. The project is one of 12 competing and is the sole Canadian project in the category.
Located in Lethbridge, Alberta, the Science and Academic is a new 32,500 square metre (350,000 square foot) building that greatly expands the university’s science programs. When complete, the new building will promote transdisciplinary education and research encouraging collaboration between disciplines through the creation of an open, transparent, and welcoming environment.
“Creating an interdisciplinary science environment was both complex and simple—it came down to creating places for people to connect at various scales and at different moments throughout the day” says Justin Saly, project manager for Stantec. “The result is a building full of activity and life, that connects visually to the campus and landscape beyond, and truly puts science on display.”
“Our work is founded in the idea of community,” said Leonard Castro, executive vice president for Stantec’s Buildings practice, “so it is incredibly gratifying to be recognized on the world stage for achieving excellence in design and execution of these valued and respected community projects.”
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