March 10, 2010

Video: Allied Works' Brad Cloepfil presents the winning design for a new performing arts building in Calgary

Allied Works Architecture is an incredible firm right on the edge of breaking into the illusive group of international starchitects. Based in Portland, Oregon with a satellite office in NY they have developed a strong body of work, particularly with museums and galleries across the United States. However, they recently won the competition to redesign and expand the Performing Arts building in Calgary, Canada. Their design was by far the best entry to the competition, and they rightfully beat out more well know names like Diller, Scofidio and Renfro and Jean Nouvel among others. These video clips shows the presentation of the project Brad Cloepfil gave to the foundation and community to ultimately win the competition. It discusses the thought process behind the architecture and how it led to the final building design. I think it is a fantastic project and am excited to see it built. I think there is too much use of glass and metal in architecture, and am happy to see people exploring load bearing walls and masonry structures again. In recalls the fantastic work of Louis Kahn and Le Corbusier.

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