The shortlist has been announced for the 10th annual World Architectural Festival and we're thrilled to have both the Minoru Centre for Active Living in Richmond, BC and the Complexe Aquatique de Laval in Quebec, QC nominated.

This year has drawn more entries than ever before and the final shortlist boasts projects from 68 countries. The range of projects is hugely diverse and Paul Finch, WAF program director commented: "The use of water has been striking and there is evidence of real interest in climate modifications using novel techniques." Five of these projects are Canadian and include our projects in Richmond and Laval, two in Montréal and one in Calgary.

The Minoru Centre for Active Living is currently under construction and has been nominated in the Leisure-Led Development Future Projects category. Located in the historic green heart of Richmond’s city centre, the Minoru Centre for Active Living replaces three existing facilities and represents the next step in the area’s evolution and a legacy for Richmond residents. The iconic, destination facility will act as a gateway to the 105-year-old Minoru Park and  supports active living and wellness for all ages. It includes an aquatic centre focused on health and therapy, older adult community centre, fitness centre, athletic team rooms, event spaces and an outdoor community plaza.

Complexe Aquatique de Laval is a joint venture project with NFOE et associés architects and has been nominated for a Future Projects - Competition Entries award. The facility, currently in design development, will be nestled into an existing forest and bathed in natural light. Supporting both recreational and competitive events, its internal organization gives swimmers and spectators views of its natural wooded setting from all areas.  The concept highlights the importance that maintaining and enhancing natural landscapes plays to the citizens of Laval and promotes well being for all citizens.