“Keep smiling ladies, single file now, happy happy happy”…last night was 2011 Pug Awards at the Royal Conservatory of Music (last years People’s Choice award winner for Commercial and Institutional design). The PUGS, (or the #PUGies as we affectionately hashtagged them last night) is a something like a beauty pageant for architecture in our City!
For the last few months the public was encouraged to vote online for the best (and worst) of Toronto building design. Last night the results were tallied and the awards were given out! Traditionally the awards were given out in two categories…Residential and Commercial/Industrial. This year, a new category was created – The Paul Oberman Award. Paul passed away earlier this year, but his work in the City will last for years to come. He was responsible for the rejuvenation of some of Toronto’s most iconic buildings including the Summerhill LCBO, King James Place and my personal favorite…The Flat Iron Building.
The first ever Paul Oberman Award (for Commercial) went to the Bloor Gladstone Public Library. Architect - Rounthwaite, Dick and Hadley architects inc. (RDH Architects Inc.), in association with Shoalts and Zaback Architects Ltd., E.R.A. Architects Inc. (heritage architect)). Developer - Toronto Public Library
…and the Paul Oberman Award for residential went to – Printing Factory Lofts. Architect - Chandler Graham / Montgomery Sisam, joint venture architects inc. Developer - Beaverbrook Homes
For the actual PUG Awards, best New Residential Building with the most amount of votes was 75 Portland…one of Freedville’s finest! Architect - Core Architects Inc. Developer - Freed Developments
The runner up was X Condominium. Architect - architectsAlliance. Developer - Great Gulf.
The commercial/industrial PUG winner was - TIFF Bell Lightbox. Architect - Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects, Architect of Record: Kirkor Architects and Planners. Developer - The Daniels Corporation.
architectsAlliance and Freed got it’s second recognition of the night for it’s work at The Thompson Hotel (best infinity pool in the City BTW), taking runner up! Architect - architectsAlliance. Developer – Freed Development