heneghan peng have won a competition to design the Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough, Ontario. Chosen from over four other shortlisted proposals, the practice will work with local firm Kearns Mancini Architects to realize the $45 million (approx. €30 million) building. It is planned to rise on the city’s 1904 Peterborough Lift Lock National Historic Site by 2020 and house the world’s largest collection of canoes and kayaks. According to the jury, the heneghan peng/Kearns Mancini proposal ‘stood out from the other submissions as the design works organically with the land rather than overwhelming it.’
Clad in cedar, the single-story 7,500sqm building will be fitted with removable partitions so that the layout can be changed over time. It will include exhibition space, a bay storage area accessible to the public, a 250-seat multi-purpose room, cafe, gift shop, play area, workshop space and more.
The Architect Selection Committee was chaired by Lisa Rochon, Senior Fellow, Global Cities Institute, University of Toronto and formerly the award-winning architecture critic for The Globe & Mail. The Selection Committee included Chief Williams of Curve Lake First Nation, representatives from Parks Canada, the City of Peterborough, business leaders and museum staff.
Short-listed teams submitted their schemes mid-August, 2015. As an enhancement to the rigorous review by the Architect Selection Committee, the submissions underwent a dynamic and instructive community engagement which included a popular public presentation by the competing architects in September at the existing Canadian Canoe Museum, as well as on-line media polls, emails, and letters.
The firms selected for the Stage 2 Limited Design Competition were:
Kohn Pederson Fox of New York City
Heneghan Peng Architects of Dublin
Bing Thom Architects of Vancouver and Lett Architects of Peterborough
Provencher_Roy of Montreal and NORR of Toronto
Patkau Architects of Vancouver and Brook McIlroy of Toronto
5468796 Architecture Inc. of Winnipeg