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Capilano University’s Bosa Centre design wins architectural award of excellence

Bosa Centre conceptual art of the building scheduled to be completed in July 2011.


Friday, January 14, 2011
Contact:  Shelley Kean at 604.983.7596

(NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C.)—Capilano University’s new Nat and Flora Bosa Centre for Film and Animation has been acknowledged with an Award of Excellence by Canadian Architect Magazine.

Designed by Vancouver architectural firm, Cannon Design, the building was described by the magazine as a “machine for film . . . a device in support of the teaching of film . . . based on an understanding of where architecture and cinema merge.”

“We are absolutely thrilled with both the functionality and aesthetics of the building that Cannon has created for us,” said Bill Thumm, director of the Bosa Centre. “Their design team, led by James Wu and Larry Podhora, was terrific to work with and went to great lengths to both understand and execute the very specific requirements for this unique, purpose-built facility.”

The architecture responds to the West Coast landscape of the University’s North Vancouver campus, and will house the latest in S3D technology, as well as a 200-seat high definition/3D theatre, industry-standard sound mixing and recording studios, an 8,000 square foot sound stage, picture editing labs, sound editing labs, digital and commercial animation labs, a teaching studio for cinematography, costuming studios, and two visual effects labs.

“Being recognized with this award is both a firm and personal first and is a tremendous honour,” said Cannon’s senior associate architect, James Wu. “It would not have been possible without the enormous efforts of the entire project team and especially the members of the Capilano University steering committee comprised of former University president, Dr. Greg Lee; vice-president of finance and administration, Cindy Turner; Bill Thumm; and director of contract services, Mark Clifford.  Capilano University has to be credited with having the vision and conviction to pursue a building such as this, despite the enormous pressures imposed by schedule and budget.” 

When completed in July, the 97,000 sq. ft. Bosa Centre will be one of the top film and animation teaching facilities in all of North America and a cornerstone for young talented filmmakers to learn and maintain B.C.’s position as a leader in this industry. It will serve approximately 400 students and industry workers annually and is targeted for LEED Gold standards.

The Canadian Architecture awards honour architectural design excellence for in-design projects. Jurors consider the scheme’s response to the client’s program, site and geographic and social context, while evaluating the project’s physical organization, form, structure, materials and environmental features. 

Comments from the jury panel included:
“This project dissects the traditional hermetic black-box solution for film studios and turns its program into a strong formal parti of “open bars” anchored by the closed sound stage. These long horizontal bars ground the entire project in response to the landscape and out of the campus in the best of the West Coast traditions.”

“This is a juicy building type that every architect wants to tackle! The Bosa Centre is a self-conscious building in the best possible way, as the site, construction technique, conjoining of program and meaning are all equally rendered. The architects have resisted the temptation to become too literal by simply employing cinematic techniques—splicing, framing, editing, cropping—to assign architectural meaning. Rather, they have done the difficult work of expressing these attributes as architectural vision.”

Cannon Design was also a recent recipient of the distinguished Facilities of Merit Award at the Athletic Business Showcase in San Diego for designing the Richmond Olympic Oval.

Capilano University is a teaching-focused university that serves the communities of the Lower Mainland, Howe Sound, and the Sunshine Coast through campuses in North Vancouver, Squamish and Sechelt. Enrolment totals 7,500 students in credit programs each term with an additional 7,000 people taking non-credit courses annually. Capilano offers a complete range of preparatory courses, university-level arts and science courses, business and management studies, creative and applied arts programs, health and human services programs, plus a range of services in support of student learning and success. Credentials awarded include bachelor degrees, associate degrees, post-baccalaureate diplomas, advanced diplomas, diplomas, certificates and statements of completion. More information can be found at www.capilanou.ca



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