OMB and Patkau Architects win GG2012 medals

Two Vancouver architecture firms have won Canada's biennial version of Oscars for Architecture, i.e. Governor General's Medals in Architecture.

Previously profiled Linear House has garnered Patkau Architects a medal and a recent project by newly restructured OMB Architects + Designers - a technical college building in Quesnel (College of New Caledonia) - got them their first medal. The jury comment is pretty much identical to my thoughts:

"Transformed by a series of big, bold moves that celebrate basic materials, modular construction and an industrial ethos, this modest programme for a technical trades college elevates the commonplace into the heroic. Embedded within the sober, stripped-back structure, a dignified and generous set of spaces form an uplifting environment for technical education and show how apparently ordinary buildings can be elevated into truly memorable architecture."
Congratulations to the winners!

Here are more pics of the college building:

Images property of OMB

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