Canada - BC Pavilion
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 structures including a "glass hut" in the centre. This intervention had aroused much anger among the citizens who loved the original square.
Our competition entry tried to improve this situation permanently and offer the choice to make it a legacy building, not just a temporary structure. Together with the rather forlorn "glass hut" garage entrance it would build a "square-within-the-square", and offer a more dynamic building form to focus on: "Ginger and Fred", perhaps?
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.