Blum Canada Limited Wins Mississauga Urban Design Award

Christy Moffat

Recently at Council, the winners of the 2021 Mississauga Urban Design Awards were announced. The Urban Design Awards started in 1981 and aim to inspire and celebrate design leaders who help raise the quality of life for residents by shaping Mississauga’s diverse cityscape. This year, there are 13 award winners—including three People’s Choice Award winners—that exemplify the theme of the Identity of Urban Places. These winners also showcase some of the very best public and private urban spaces that Mississauga has to offer.

The Award for Merit for Innovation and Context went to Blum Canada Limited. Situated at the frontier of Derry West’s farmland developments, Blum Canada Limited demonstrates that an industrial distribution centre can still be a good neighbour to the environment and the citizenry. Large triangular windows open Blum Canada Limited’s facade to the streets, playful geometry offers unique sight-lines, and bright colours charm the eye, attracting pedestrians and inspiring young designers.

“On behalf of the City of Mississauga and Members of Council, I would like to congratulate the winners of the 2021 Mississauga Urban Design Awards,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “The awards are a great opportunity to recognize the designers, architects, developers, and builders who have played a critical role in our efforts to build a world-class city. These private and public spaces beautify our city and provide much-needed green spaces, public art, and facilities for businesses and residents to enjoy.”

A jury of members from the design community and Ward 2 Councillor Karen Ras from the City of Mississauga selected the winners. The jury commented that this project represents an architecturally unique approach to the design of an automated warehouse. For a building that is so highly automated, it camouflages some of its functions fairly well. This is an excellent example of how the architecture on the outside can be enhanced despite the internal functions of the building.

“The Mississauga Urban Design Awards is the longest-running awards program of its kind in Ontario,” said Andrew Whittemore, Commissioner of Planning and Building. “This year we are honoured to recognize these talented award-winners, who have all contributed to the unique identity and distinct character of Mississauga. I’d also like to thank the jury members for volunteering their time and expertise to help us recognize urban design excellence in Mississauga.”

Ten other projects were honoured alongside Blum Canada Limited:

 

Awards of Excellence

Lakeview Village Public Art Program
Owner: Lakeview Community Partners Ltd.
Consultants: NAK Design Strategies, Artscape

Waterside Executive Centre
Owner: Centre City Capital Ltd.
Consultants: Adamson Associates Architects, Baker Turner Inc.

 

Awards of Merit

Oak Park House
Owner: Irene Gankevitch
Consultants: Richard Mann, Stephen Shelton

Pine Sanctuary
Owner: City of Mississauga
Artist: Marc Fornes / Theverymany

The Spark
Owner: City of Mississauga
Consultants: Nathan Whitford / Urban Visual

The Huron
Owner: Starlight Property Group Holdings Ltd.
Consultants: Architecture Unfolded Inc., Baker Turner Inc.

Chartwell Retirement Residences Headquarters
Owner: Chartwell Master Care LP
Consultants: Sweeny&Co Architects Inc., NAK Design Strategies

Nine Creeks Trail P-534
Owner: City of Mississauga
Consultant: Harrington McAvan Ltd.

Maanjiwe nendamowinan University of Toronto Mississauga
Owner: University of Toronto Mississauga
Consultants: Perkins&Will, Fleisher Ridout Partnership

 

People’s Choice Awards

This award is broken into three categories: urban elements, private projects, and public projects. The winners were chosen based on the highest total number of votes cast by Mississauga residents.

Urban Elements

The Spark
Owner: City of Mississauga
Consultants: Nathan Whitford / Urban Visual

Private Projects

Chartwell Retirement Residences Headquarters
Owner: Chartwell Master Care LP
Consultants: Sweeny&Co Architects Inc., NAK Design Strategies

Public Projects

Cooksville GO Station & Parking Structure
Owner: Metrolinx
Consultants: NORR Architects & Engineers Ltd., WalterFedy, Victor Ford and Associates Inc., Brodie & Associates Landscape Architects Inc.

 

To view the full jury report, visit: mississauga.ca/services-and-programs/building-and-renovating/urban-design/mississauga-urban-design-awards/.

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