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Press Kit | no. 1057-08
The Visual Collections Repository (VCR) is a project created by the Faculty of Fine Arts at Concordia University to collect a significant collection of art in different formats in one place. The VCR includes the Faculty of Fine Arts Slide Collection, which is one of the largest in Canada with over 350 000 catalogued 35 mm slides and data bands of over 18 000 high resolution digital images, and the Moving Image Collection which is comprised of over 41 000 titles dating back to 1895 in all types of formats as well as the Canadian Women Artists History Initiative. The VCR stores, catalogues and displays all these different collections while simultaneously serves as a discovery space and a platform for informal gathering.
The collection of art is at the heart of the renovation project concept. It becomes a series of inhabited walls that allow users to consult and discover this significant repertoire. The thousands of slides, cassettes and discs are displayed and stored in a large wooden wall that spreads across the space. This focal point, whose laser engraving is inspired by the different digital formats used throughout history, reminds the users of the wealth of knowledge available in the media bank. The large wood panels create a uniform treatment for the storage of diverse documents and act as a separator between the different program elements while ensuring acoustic and visual insulation. Indeed, some rooms are bright; others are plunged into darkness for projection purposes.
The collective workspace adjacent to the collection provides an opportunity to consult, either individually or collectively, to foster an educational dialogue within Concordia University's Faculty of Fine Arts.
Client: Concordia University
Execution in architecture: Aedifica
KANVA's work is engaging, memorable and sensitive to human experience and contemporary culture. Founded in 2003 by Tudor Radulescu (OAQ LEED PA MRAIC) and Rami Bebawi (OAQ MRAIC RBQ), KANVA is composed of a collective of dynamic architects whose practice is part of a desire to think, imagine, draw and build in Montreal and beyond. KANVA has an approach that seeks to question and transform the built environment. The firm approaches each project as an opportunity to tell a story, to imagine a place and to broaden the scope and dialogue between art and architecture.
For many years, the firm has been accumulating several important awards and honours, such as three awards for excellence from the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, including the Emerging Architects' Firm Award in 2015 and the Innovation Excellence Award in 2013. KANVA has also won four Canadian Architect Awards of Excellence and two Ordre des Architectes du Québec Awards of Excellence, and has also distinguished itself on the international scene by being a finalist four times at the prestigious World Architecture Festival and most recently as the winner of the Experimental Future Project of the Year 2018 in Amsterdam.
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