Sisters’ Residence Receives Design Award
On May 13, Shim-Sutcliffe Architects Inc. received the 2014 Governor General’s Medal in Architecture for their design of the Residence for the Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto at 2 O’Connor Drive. This award was presented during a ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa.
Recipients of this award were chosen by a peer assessment committee. Their comments on the Sisters’ Residence were as follows: "This project shines for the care that was brought in creating a loving environment for the elderly. The progression of public to private living spaces is underscored by the transition from urban to natural setting, along a narrow site on the edge of a ravine. The choice of materials and the careful attention to detail further add to the notion of this being a life-supporting environment, in the most profound sense of the term.”
The awards celebrated outstanding design in recently completed projects by Canadian architects. The winning buildings reflected excellence in sustainable design, innovation and compatibility with the landscape. Receiving awards were the architects of 12 buildings that included projects like cooperative housing, university buildings, a city hall, a community centre, an outdoor stage and two libraries.