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Heneghan Peng vying for Canadian Canoe Museum

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Heneghan Peng Architects has been shortlisted in the international design competition for a new £12.5 million Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough, Ontario

The Dublin-based firm is up against five rivals including KPF and Winnipeg’s 5468796 Architecture in the final round for the high-profile project.

The full shortlist

  • Bing Thom Architects, Vancouver and Lett Architects, Peterborough
  • Heneghan Peng Architects, Dublin
  • Kohn Pederson Fox (KPF), New York City
  • Patkau Architects, Vancouver and Brook McIlroy,  Toronto
  • Provencher_Roy, Montreal and NORR, Toronto
  • 5468796 Architecture, Winnipeg

The project will create a new 7,150m² home for the prestigious not-for-profit museum next to the Canadian city’s historic lift lock.

Founded in 1957, the Canadian Canoe Museum currently hosts around 100 canoes and kayaks inside a 1980s building and former warehouses in an industrial district nearby.

The new museum will replace an existing 1980s visitor centre on a 7,500m²  site next to the landmark hydraulic boat lift on the Trent-Severn Waterway.

The facility – expected to receive around 60,000 visitors in its first year – will include permanent galleries, an outdoor terrace, a conference venue, restaurant, bar, café and artisan workshops.

A new canal basin and boat house will also be created to support seasonal water-based learning and recreational activities.

More than 90 submissions from North America, Europe and Asia were received. The finalists will now develop their schemes ahead of presentations to stakeholders and the public later this.

Museum executive director Richard Tucker said: ‘We are extremely honoured and fortunate to have such high quality, world leading architects preparing design proposals for the Museum.’

He continued: ‘I am very excited by the potential of this first class group to develop some really outstanding designs for the Museum, the Lift Lock site, Peterborough, the Kawartha Region and all Canadians.

‘I am looking forward to being able to share these designs in the fall with the stakeholders and community and for the opportunity for community input into the Museum’s selection process.’

The winner – set to be announced in the autumn – will receive around £5,000 and the design commission.




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