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A high-performance material for a high performance building, mass timber imbues this Toronto community centre and athletics facility with both substance and style. Comprising a bridge spanning two podiums, the building would lie recumbent — like a felled log in a forest — amid the towers of the Golden Mile commercial and residential district. The 110-metre-long upper volume is envisioned to contain a yoga studio, weight rooms and cardio gyms, with the lower volumes housing a café, community meeting rooms and two pools (one for leisure, the other for competitive swimmers), each beneath a ceiling of exposed joists. Completing the holistic concept, the nearby courtyard boasts a splash pad that could double as a skating rink in winter.

Project Horizontal School University of Toronto, Canada Team Siqi Wang and Shawn Dylan Johnston

People’s Choice: A+ Award for Student Work
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Award of MeritA+ Award for Student Work
Location
Johannesburg, South Africa
Team
Mingyang Sun and Fangyuan Sheng
School
University of Pennsylvania (Instructor: Christopher Marcinkoski)
2015
People’s ChoiceA+ Award for Student Work
Designers
Students of Virginia Tech design/buildLAB, Blacksburg, USA
2020
Award of MeritA+ Award for Student Work
School
Islamic Azad University of Najafabad (IAUN), Iran
Team
Hossein Moradi with Esmaeil Masoumi, Mohammad Javad Shahvelayati, Marzieh Haqshenas, Mohammad Lamoochi, Ali Oftade, Nafiseh Sharifi, Maryam Lotfi, Masoud Shams, Malihe Rezaei, Ali Pezeshki and Hossein Mohseni