Number TEN’s Victoria office is conducting a design study for a unique multi-residential housing project on Vancouver Island that would be constructed entirely out of re-purposed steel shipping containers. The study assesses the viability of modifying surplus steel containers from a large import/export business, shipping them directly from the factory to the site for final assembly.
The design study, which aims to create more affordable rental housing options on Vancouver Island, envisions a three-storey, 35 apartment complex comprised of 35.5 sq.m. (382 sq.ft.) one-bedroom units. The project is currently awaiting a suitable site on which to construct a prototype building.
Number TEN was invited to participate in an Architectural Institute of British Columbia exhibition to promote bird-friendly development in Vancouver. According to a recent study by Avian Conservation and Ecology, up to 42 million birds are killed each year in Canada from collisions with windows.
Number TEN earned three Manitoba Masonry Awards last evening, taking home prizes for the creative incorporation of masonry at the Seasons of Tuxedo mixed use commercial development on Kenaston Avenue, the artfully restored Metropolitan Entertainment Centre, and the innovative LEED® Silver certified Winnipeg Humane Society project. The Awards, held for the first time since 2007, were given out in a beautiful gala dinner at Winnipeg’s Fort Garry Hotel on October 23rd.
Number TEN Architectural Group and 5468796 Architecture were recognized with two prestigious international design awards at the World Architecture Festival on October 2nd and 3rd, 2014 at the spectacular Marina Bay Sands Hotel in Singapore. The two firms were recognized for their innovative concept-design submission for the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (AGGV). The AGGV project earned the Future Project of the Year award, as well as the category winner in the Future Projects Competition Entries.
World Architectural Festival Awards
Number TEN made a splash at this year’s Commerce Design Winnipeg Awards, taking home a Jury Grand Prize for the Qualico Family Centre and an honorable mention for the MET Theatre Renovation and Expansion. Number TEN was the only firm to earn recognition for two projects. Both buildings are contributing to Winnipeg’s resurgent design economy.
Number TEN earned two City of Winnipeg Access Awards for the new Entry Building at Assiniboine Park Zoo, and for the restoration of the Peguis Pavilion at Kildonan Park. The Access Awards recognize projects that address the design needs of all user groups, and promote the importance of accessibility and universal design. Universal design makes life more equitable, safe, comfortable and affordable for everyone, including people with disabilities.
Prime Consultant: Number TEN Architectural Group
Structural Engineer: Crosier Kilgour and Partners
Mechanical and Electrical Consultant: KGS Group
Landscape Architects: Scatliff + Miller + Murray
The original Peguis Pavillion at Kildonan Park was designed in the early 1960’s by Morley Blankstein and Doug Gillmor, founding Partners of Number TEN. A fine example of Miesian architecture, the public venue was designed with a focus on functionality, simple elegance, and clean horizontal lines offering superb views of its attractive park setting.
To bring the facility up to modern accessibility standards and improve its viability as a modern hospitality venue, Number TEN recently renovated the pavilion in anticipation of a new restaurant tenant. A key design challenge was to improve public accessibility without compromising its historic architectural value. Now home to WOW Hospitality’s Food Evolution restaurant and café, the Peguis Pavilion once again shines as a popular hospitality attraction that welcomes park visitors of all abilities.
Some of its notable accessible design modifications include:
• Addition of an elevator for improved access to each floor.
• A new, large universal family washroom on the lower floor.
• Renovations to the upper level washroom for barrier free access.
• Automatic swing door operators throughout the venue.
Assiniboine Park South Entry Building
Prime Consultant: Number TEN Architectural Group
Landscape Architect: The Portico Group
Mechanical and Electrical Engineering: SMS Engineering
Structural Engineering: Crosier Kilgour & Partners
The new South Entry Building on Roblin Avenue replaces the former zoo entrance, welcoming visitors to the impressive redevelopment of the Assiniboine Park Zoo which includes Manitoba’s hottest new attraction: the 10-acre Journey to Churchill exhibit. The new entrance provides a signature image for the zoo, while enhancing the experience of visitors and staff alike with new amenities including a gift shop, accessible washrooms and improved administrative facilities.
Universal accessibility was one of the key design objectives for the new South Entrance Building. To meet this objective, Number TEN’s design team integrated a wealth of accessibility features including:
• Gently sloped landscaping and accessible parking with a dedicated drop-off/pick-up zone in front of entrance.
• Automatic doors for all public spaces.
• Millwork for ticket booth, guest services and retail area accommodates wheelchair visitors and people of all heights.
• Accessible washrooms for visitors and staff.
• Use of textures and materials selection that allows for intuitive wayfinding.
Clear blue skies and a bright warm sun welcomed the sizable crowd that gathered to witness the Journey to Churchill ribbon cutting ceremony at Assiniboine Park Zoo on Thursday, July 3, 2014. After weeks of heavy rain and formidable winds, the pleasant weather was a cheerful start for the dignitaries, staff, and guests in attendance.
“We want to thank the design and construction team: Portico Group, Number TEN, and Stuart Olsen,” said Assiniboine Park Conservancy President and CEO Margaret Redmond.
“To us, you are heroes working through the long cold winter, torrential rain, in knee high mud from sun up to sun down,” said an emotional Redmond who also acknowledged the numerous public and private partnerships needed to develop the exhibit.
The ceremony marked the end of years of visionary campaigning, fundraising, research, design and development. Representatives from all levels of government were on hand to bring greetings including Aboriginal elders from the Ojibwe and Dene nations who had blessed the site in a Sunrise Ceremony yesterday.
“What we have here is something deeper than looking at animals and their behavior, but honouring our connection, a spiritual connection, with the animals and our ancestors,” Elder Marie Louise Campbell explained.
With the rapturous rhythm and singing of the North Man Dene Drum Group, the exhibit was ceremoniously opened as the only comprehensive Northern exhibit in the world.
The 10-acre site showcases northern wildlife including polar bears, ringed seals, snowy owls and muskox. Visitors are led along a scenic trail aligned with informative displays, activities, and native foliage as they move from each of the exhibit`s 3 distinct zones. The Wapusk Lowlands, Gateway to the Arctic and Churchill Coast represent the essence of northern Manitoba, from tundra to civilization, giving visitors an opportunity to interact with the animals from a number of viewing platforms as well as from inside a 10-foot-wide acrylic tunnel that allows visitors to watch polar bears swimming above them.
State-of-the art interactive displays, as well as a documentary film projecting onto a 360 degree viewing horizon at the Aurora Borealis Theatre, also offer insight to the sensitive northern climate. The ribbon cutting ceremony marks the end of a long journey for the project team, who were thrilled to watch the animals interact with their posh new surroundings.
More grand opening photos on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/number10photoblog/sets/72157645150078148/
Manitoba’s newest casino officially opened its doors on Monday, June 23 before a full house of project stakeholders, First Nations representatives and eager gaming enthusiasts. The 2,900 sq. m (31,200 sq. ft.) First Nation-owned Sand Hills Casino, located just south of Carberry, MB is expected to generate millions of dollars in annual economic spinoffs for the Westman region, and will see profits split between all of Manitoba’s 63 First Nations communities.
The casino is a pre-fabricated metal building designed with a country-ranch style motif, clad with board-and-batten style paneling. The large sloped roof at the front entrance creates a distinctive western feel, which is reinforced within the facility through the implementation of rustic timber accent details and prominent use of earth tones. Large suspended replica wagon wheels hover above the space, adding interest to the gaming areas, while the distinctive exterior copper-painted roof distinguishes the casino from its surroundings, drawing attention to the venue as both a landmark and destination.
The casino, which has a capacity of up to 1,025 patrons, also includes the Dunes restaurant and Oasis Lounge with a live performance stage. The first phase of the project (Sand Hills Casino) was completed in June, 2014. The casino was developed and managed by Hemisphere Gaming from Minnesota, which is optimistic regarding a possible future phase of construction to include additional amenities such as a conference centre, hotel and swimming pool on the site.
The full set of images on Flickr:
From the very beginning, Number TEN has balanced its business success with a commitment to supporting a range of philanthropic causes that contribute to the improvement of the communities in which we live and call home.
“Corporate philanthropy is engrained within our culture and built into Number TEN’s business model,” explains CFO John Hudohmet. “Every year we invest heavily in social programs in the community through organizations such as the United Way. We believe our responsibility is to build more than just buildings. We believe in building strong communities where everyone has an opportunity to be successful.”
Number TEN received a prestigious Prairie Design Award on Wednesday, May 28 to kick off the 2014 RAIC Festival of Architecture. The award was granted in recognition of its contribution to the LEED®-certified Douglas Park School: an innovative, sustainable, and forward-thinking elementary school in Regina that is turning heads among industry professionals and school boards across the country.