Awards of Excellence — 2009 Recipient | Royal Architectural Institute of Canada

Awards of Excellence — 2009 Recipient

Richmond Olympic Oval (Science)
Award Category: 
Awards of Excellence
Innovation in Architecture

Cannon Design

The City of Richmond Speed Skating Oval is a vast 506,000 square feet structure designed as a dual-use building, housing not only the speed skating venue for the 2010 Olympic Games, but also, after the Games, a permanent legacy facility functioning as an International Centre of Excellence for Sports and Wellness. Several innovative design features are:

  • Innovative use of one million board feet of discarded pine-beetle-killed
    wood designed as a structural ceiling, creating a stunningly beautiful ceiling.
  • Innovative design of composite wood ‘glulam’ beam spanning 100 m, which is crafted creatively integrating with the distinctive pine-beetle wood structural ceiling.
  • Innovative design of heating, ventilating, air-conditioning, plumbing,
    acoustical, electrical and lighting systems, integrated seamlessly into the
    structural systems—the glulam arch and the pine-beetle structural ceiling.
  • Innovative design in the way in which the building’s dual function has
    been incorporated to provide the fl exibility, adaptability and conversion
    features required, from a single purpose venue (speed skating oval) to
    a multi-use International Centre of Excellence for Sports and Wellness.

Cannon Design is an international architectural fi rm with Canadian offi ces in Toronto, Vancouver, Victoria and Calgary. At present, the fi rm employs a staff of 800, delivering services in 17 offi ces throughout North America, as well as abroad in Shanghai and Mumbai.

Jury Comment(s): 

Innovative use of the discarded pine-beetle-killed wood integrates the spanning system with the mechanical systems and creates an elegant roof.

The project demonstrates that a large span structure can also manage to feel intimate.

Structural design allows for an effective amount of perimeter daylighting for the interior functions.

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