St. Mark's Coptic Canadian Village

Markham, Ontario, Canada, International Competition, Finalist, Honourable Mention Award

St. Mark's Coptic Canadian Village is an international competition call for an overall master plan that included concept design for a 2,000 seat Cathedral and a 1,000 seat Church.  The competition program is diverse totalling almost half a million square feet of comprehensive program spaces for this $200mil project that included: Cathedral, Church, Coptic Museum + Exhibition Centre, K to 12 School, Community Centre and Theatre, Daycare, Administration Centre and Living Quarters, Bakery and Dining Hall, Leasable Office Space, and Long Term Residential Care Facility, with on-site underground parking.  

The proposal concept seeks to create a wholistic and contemporary master plan that marries tradition with contemporary life creating a new image for the Coptic community.  The proposal puts forth a village master plan whose heart is the symbol of Coptic faith, the house of worship, the ark of faith.  The plan reflects a rich tapestry and texture of building and landscape scales and elements appropriate to the program and a village environment that supports community health, well being, identity and vitality.  

The core of this master plan envisions the centre and site as a sacred lake-an icon.  The lake holds the core expression of the Coptic faith, community, and worship-the cathedral and church.  The overall design reflects the physical and symbolic transition between the spiritual realm of the house of worship and the world of community and neighbourhood.  The submission was developed in four and a half weeks.  There were 197 entries from 35 countries with 64 entries adjudicated in the final round.


CompetitionsVaughan Hoy