Rare competition challenged acclaimed architects to present their design
concepts for new LEED certified development in Lake Simcoe targeted to
Baby Boomers and beyond
BARRIE, ON, Sept. 22, 2012 /CNW/ - City Core Developments is pleased to
announce RAW Design/The Planning Partnership, in collaboration with
Diamond Schmitt as the winners of the Harmony Village Lake Simcoe
architectural design competition.
City Core Developments launched the design competition in early August
for the future Harmony Village development - an innovative, mixed-use
development model targeted towards adults aged 55 years and older.
Harmony Village is designed as an urban village with sustainable
buildings offering the latest in energy-efficient architecture.
"Harmony Village will offer community living with resort-like
amenities. This new concept is intended for today's adults whose
expectations are greater than ever before," says Jack Pong, CEO &
President of City Core Developments. "Both RAW Design and Diamond
Schmitt's designs really reflected what we're trying to achieve with
Harmony Village while still utilizing green and energy efficient
Harmony Village will be developed along the Barrie waterfront and is an
important addition to the community. Because of this, it was
imperative that the people of Barrie supported the design. "We wanted
the design to be something that the community could be proud of, which
was why we strongly encouraged the community to vote on the design,"
Judges also evaluated the presentations on design excellence and
specifically assessed them based on criteria such as; image,
sustainability, master plan, function and marketability. The high
profile judging panel including:
Mr. Ian Chodikoff, Editor of Canadian Architect;
Mr. Christopher Hume, Urban Issues and Architecture Reporter, Toronto
Mr. Paul Goldberger, Architecture Critic, author of 'Why Architecture
Dr. Ian McBurnie, Professor, Ryerson University;
Lisa Rochon, Architecture Critic, The Globe and Mail;
Jack Pong, President and CEO, City Core Developments
Awarding the architectural contract to RAW Design/The Planning
Partnership, in collaboration with Diamond Schmitt reflects the final
votes cast by both the judges as well as the members of the public.
"As one of Canada's fastest growing cities, it is important for Barrie's
new architecture and landscape to celebrate the very unique character
of the city and to create an unparalleled quality of life for its
citizens. We hope that our designs for Harmony Village will intimately
connect the city and its residents to the waterfront and park systems
of Barrie, spurring renewed interest in the Bay area, and are pleased
to have been selected to work in collaboration with Diamond
Schmitt," said Roland Rom Colthoff, Principal, RAW Design.
"We are pleased to have participated in this competition and to
collaborate with RAW Design on Harmony Village Lake Simcoe. We are
looking forward to designing a truly unique solution, that fits within
the context of the waterfront, yet becomes an icon for the city of
Barrie. We are truly honoured to win the public vote," said David Dow,
Partner, Diamond Schmitt.
About Harmony Village:
Harmony Village developments are designed to satisfy all of your
day-to-day needs - from health and wellness to pleasure and leisure. A
place where senses are luxuriously satisfied, lives enriched, pleasures
fulfilled and cares tended. Enjoy shops, restaurants, specialty
boutiques, cafés and Harmony Village's own on-site all-year round
leisure and event programming.
About City Core Developments:
City Core Developments Inc. and City Core Management Inc. have been in
the development and property management business since 1976 developing
a wide range of residential and commercial including - Single Family
Housing, Multi-Family Condominiums, Retail Plazas, Office Complexes,
Industrial Parks and Seniors Communities.
Image with caption: "Winners of the Harmony Village Lake Simcoe Architectural Design Competition. (From left to right: David Leinster & Roland Colthoff of RAW Design, Jack Pong, CEO & President of City Core Developments and David Dow of Diamond Schmitt Architects) (CNW Group/Harmony Village)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120922_C8867_PHOTO_EN_18303.jpg
SOURCE: Harmony Village
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