On Piazza Valdo Fusi in Torino, Canada and the province of BC would present themselves to the World during the 2006 Winter Olympics. The square had recently been altered completely with an underground garage and a glass entrance pavilion at its centre. This intervention had aroused much anger among the citizens who had loved the original square
Our competition entry proposed a permanent improvement to the situation with a legacy building, not just a temporary structure. Together with the rather forlorn garage entry pavilion it would build a "square-within-the-square", and offer a dichotomy of building form at the square’s centre.
We wanted to portray Canada as a high-tech business partner and producer of value-added products, rather than an exporter of raw material. Showcasing First Nation culture with an artistically interesting building seemed the appropriate way to present Canada and British Columbia to the World.
This project is a design for a private, regulation-size gymnasium for a faith-based school called Torchbearers International. The scheme uses the drop in elevation from the entrance level to the terrain beyond to reduce the height of the building's entrance facade, and to establish a gradual descent inside aiming at the historic well ("Holsbybrunn").
revelstoke, bc, canada
proposal for a Helicopter Skiing Lodge near Revelstoke
florian maurer architect With Eidos Architecture
revelstoke ski chalet
revelstoke, bc, canada
For their youth program and race training the Revelstoke Ski Club is contemplating a truly "ski-in-ski-out" building on land offered by the ski resort. The idea is that parents drop their children off at the magic carpet, they ride up and ski down to the chalet, and from there at the end of the day down to the parking lot. Road access would be only for service.
Architect of Record: Florian Maurer Architect Ltd. Florian Jungen Architect
cortes island, bc, canada
Squirrel Cove is a secluded bay on Cortes Island, between the BC Mainland and Vancouver Island. It is a popular spot for boaters to anchor for a night or two and explore the surroundings. To limit the ecological impact of this uncontrolled but intense use, the Klahoose First Nation has planned a marina with visitor facilities. The proposed restaurant would be part of the first phase of this project. Its free form will present itself like a sail to boaters approaching it from the outer bay. Construction will highlight locally harvested timber.