Famous designs in Canada by Canadian architects
Canada is famous for its unique, impressive architecture which links with its strong economy and vibrant community. We take a look at some famous builds in Canada by Canadian architects which will influence future architects in their construction and designs.
Eglinton West Subway Station (1878)
Based in Toronto, the Eglinton West Subway Station, designed by architects Arthur Erickson and Clifford & Lawrie, was opened to reduce congestion and utilised as an interchange station and extension for existing routes. The mix of concrete and glass within the build permits a light and airy space.
Currently, a new line is being constructed by Metrolinx, as a result of the increased demand on transportation services.
Canadian Museum of Nature (Victoria Memorial Museum Building) (1912)
Placed under the National Historic Sites within Canada, the Canadian Museum of Nature, situated within the Victoria Memorial Museum Building was designed by Canadian architect David Ewart at a cost of $1,250,000.
The castle museum displays a mixture of Gothic and Tudor features amongst its build, which has been depicted as Scottish Baronial, in addition to containing local plants within the museum.
Canadian Museum of History (1989)
Built by Canadian architect Douglas Cardinal, the Canadian Museum of History was one of the first builds in the region to utilise computers in its unique design.
The museum has a rich history which dates back to 1856. Situated near the Ottawa River, the museum focuses on the history of its Canadian citizens, incorporating three main sections: the Grand Hall, First Peoples Hall and Canada Hall amongst two wings.
The museum has recently been awarded a Gold Quill Award from the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) for its souvenir exhibitions, making it a popular tourist destination due to its unique design and appeal.
Pointe-a Calliere Archaeology Museum (1992)
Situated in old Montreal, the Pointe-à-Callière Museum has been added to the National Historic Sites of Canada.
Since its opening, over 4 million people have visited the prestigious build, incorporating a variety of archaeological finds and exhibits.
Responsible for constructing a new wing within the building, Canadian architect Dan Hanganu has supported and understood the importance of the building within Canada, which has won around 80 awards within the region.
Weisman Art Museum (1993)
Renowned as one of the most iconic architects throughout the world, Frank Gehry completed the Weisman Art Museum.
Situated at the University of Minnesota, the building showcases a predominate use of steel in its construction, alongside the use of brick and sandstone, showcasing unique designs from all angles.
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Masdar, PT PLN begin work on floating PV solar project
UAE-based renewable energy company Masdar, in partnership with PT PLN, an organisation specialising in electrical power and owned by the Indonesian government, has announced today it has started work on a floating photovoltaic (PV) solar project in West Java. The company says the 145MW plant is the first of its kind in the country. The project, which will be constructed on the Cirata reservoir in West Java, was financed by the Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, Societe Generale, and Standard Chartered Bank.
Developing the project is PT Pembangkitan Jawa Bali Masdar Solar Energi (PMSE), a joint venture between Masdar and PT PLN subsidiary PT PJBI. Bahlil Lahadalia, Minister of Investment for the Republic of Indonesia and chairman of the Indonesia Investment Coordinating Board, said: “This is a flagship project of the UAE’s investment in Indonesia, and most importantly, it is in line with the Indonesian Government’s target to increase renewable energy by 23% by 2025.”
Ladhadalia added: “The Ministry of Investment fully supports the investment realisation of the Cirata Floating Solar Project by PT PJBI and Masdar.” The plant is said to be the largest in south-east Asia, and one of the biggest in the world. Around 800 jobs will be created during its construction phase.
During the project’s development, Masdar has conducted several social initiatives to raise awareness of sustainability and strengthen the engagement of the local community. Talking about the partnership with Masdar, Amir Faisal, president director of PJBI, said: “We see tremendous potential for similar projects in Indonesia and we look forward to continuing our fruitful collaboration with Masdar to work on more renewable energy projects and help our nation achieve its clean energy objectives.
“This floating power project is a first for Indonesia and is also a significant step in PJBI’s renewable energy journey,” he added.
Facts about solar energy
- Solar power is the most abundant energy source on earth: There’s enough solar energy reaching the earth every hour to meet all of humanity’s power needs for a whole year.
- The cost of solar panels has fallen by 99% since 1977: The price per watt for a single solar cell in 1977 was US$77. Today that same cell costs Us$0.21 per watt US$0.39 per watt for an assembled module, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association.
- China is the global leader in solar energy: Whilst solar power is increasing in popularity in the US, China is currently the country with the biggest uptake. Research conducted by GTM in 2017 predicted that the US would install 12.4GW of solar power during that year. China, on the other hand, installed 24.4GW of power in the first half of 2017 alone.