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#YYJ Ship Point Pop-Up Presents: Pointy Pop-Up Ships

Victoria is blossoming with new interactive and artistic spaces such as the Fort St. Parklet, and the (frequently debated) painted sidewalk crossings, to name a few. The City of Victoria recently held a pop-up design competition to build a temporary improvement along the inner harbour, as part of the ongoing revitalization of the David Foster Harbour Pathway (read more about the competition details here). Leading artistic direction for Fashion Splash for the past two summers, Studio Robazzo has experience working on large installations at Ship Point. We were excited at the opportunity to participate in the bid to create a semi-permanent public space in such an iconic location.

Our design was a modular microcosm of Victoria's many iconic features, including the steps of Centennial square, ample green spaces and plant features, a lending library, and a square of sand mimicking our peninsula's many beaches. 

The competition was open internationally, and announced on high-profile industry websites such as ArchDaily.  Following the parameters of the competition, Studio Robazzo designed, budgeted and organized a cohesive design proposal that made the contest's shortlist. 

The winning design features angular "pop-up" ships based on origami designs, and was created by architects from the Vancouver branch of the international firm B+H Architecture. No details have been announced so far regarding the construction of the proposed design. Congratulations to the winning design, and to fellow shortlisted design "Pipa" by Ryan Connolly and Evan Wiskup.