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Sky-o-Swale® + Storefront Sports Court in Ontario, Canada by SUSTAINABLE.TO + ERA Architects

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

Article source: SUSTAINABLE.TO + ERA Architects

The Sky-o-swale is a shade-water structure that filters rainwater through a green roof, into an underground cistern. The water is used to irrigate the Community Garden. More than that, the Sky-o-swale is a shaded community gathering space—a stage for performances and seating for the Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment (MLSE) /Jumpstart sports pad. It’s a wondrous structure, with a truly amazing history.

Image Courtesy © SUSTAINABLE.TO

Image Courtesy © SUSTAINABLE.TO + ERA Architects

  • Architects: SUSTAINABLE.TO + ERA Architects
  • Project: Sky-o-Swale® + Storefront Sports Court
  • Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Software used: Autocad, Sketchup

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L’ÉCRAN (THE SCREEN) in Québec, Canada by Alain Carle

Sunday, September 21st, 2014

Article source: Alain Carle

The contextual constraint of this project, located on a lakeshore, enabled us to pursue the exploration of the possibilities of work geared to perceptual considerations. Narrow in depth, the site presented several setback constraints (next to a lake, stream, street, etc.). The buildable area was therefore somewhat narrow and irregular, which nonetheless offered the opportunity to design a project outside the typical precepts of “stylish” residences. The difficulty with respect to layout also facilitated discussions with the owners during the presentation of the concept, because there could be no question here of an idealized form. On the contrary, the site imposed a non-premeditated conceptual approach, anchored in the possible rather than what was there.

Image Courtesy © Adrien Williams

Image Courtesy © Adrien Williams

  • Architects: Alain Carle
  • Project: L’ÉCRAN (THE SCREEN)
  • Location: Québec, Canada
  • Photography: Adrien Williams
  • Year of completion: 2013
  • Type of construction: wood and steel
  • Cladding: masonry painted black and red cedar
  • Area: 5,405 pi 2

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LINE GARDEN in Quebec, Canada by Kempster Jamrozik Studio

Monday, September 8th, 2014

Article source: Kempster Jamrozik Studio

“Line Garden” by Coryn Kempster and Julia Jamrozik was installed as part of the 15th International Garden Festival, which runs until September 28th, 2014 at the Jardins de Métis / Reford Gardens in Grand-Métis, Quebec, Canada. Drawing on the formal language of historical garden design, and the contemporary means of mass-produced safety and construction materials, the project is a strong graphic intervention that aims to produce an abstract field.

Image Courtesy © Kempster Jamrozik Studio

Image Courtesy © Coryn Kempster and Julia Jamrozik

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Le Grand Plateau in Lake Heron, Canada by Atelier Pierre Thibault

Saturday, September 6th, 2014

Article source: Atelier Pierre Thibault

At our first visit to Lake Heron in the Laurentides, we ended up in a forest enflamed by fall. We borrowed a small path to reach the top of the site where we found a clearing atop a promontory. We could contemplate the lake which was about 60 meters below. Small but sinuous, it gave the impression that a meander hid the invisible part of a larger lake. The silhouette of the mountains loomed in the distance. The scenery was of immense beauty. We all gasped discovering the site that day. We went down quietly through different ecosystems dotted with magnificent rocks. I remember a small forest of spruces with a constricted path the caused a rhythmic vertical which filtered the horizontality of the water.

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  • Architects: Atelier Pierre Thibault
  • Project: Le Grand Plateau
  • Location: Lake Heron, Canada
  • Photography: Alain Laforest
  • Software used: sketches and to-scale models
  • Design Team: Pierre Thibault & Jérôme Lapierre
  • Area: 1 650 pi2
  • Year: 2014

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The Gardens of the 15th International Garden Festival seduce visitors in Grand-Métis, Quebec, Canada by landscape architecture

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Article source: landscape architecture

The International Garden Festival
Grand-Métis, Quebec, Canada, 2014-07-14 – Imagined by sixty-five designers from Seoul, Santiago de Compostela, New York, Philadelphia, Basel, Amsterdam, Paris and Montreal, the 22 contemporary gardens of the 2014 edition offer an original way to discover the strong and fragile beauties of our environment. These installations invite visitors to enter and contemplate new ways of seeing the landscape and the world.

Image Courtesy © Louise Tanguay

Image Courtesy © Louise Tanguay

  • Architects: landscape architecture
  • Project: The Gardens of the 15th International Garden Festival seduce visitors
  • Location: Grand-Métis, Quebec, Canada
  • Photography: Louise Tanguay

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Saint Roch-de-l’Achigan City Hall in Quebec, Canada by Affleck de la Riva architects

Friday, August 29th, 2014

Article source: Affleck de la Riva architects

Founded in 1995 by Gavin Affleck and Richard de la Riva and based in Montreal, Canada, Affleck de la Riva Architects believe that quality environmental design is an agent of social change and a key element in fostering citizenship, social equity, and healthy lifestyles.  The firm provides services for the design and construction of institutional, commercial and residential projects and has also developed specific expertise in urban design and the restoration of historic structures.

Image Courtesy © Marc Cramer

Image Courtesy © Marc Cramer

  • Architects: Affleck de la Riva architects
  • Project: Saint Roch-de-l’Achigan City Hall
  • Location: Quebec, Canada
  • Photography: Marc Cramer
  • Client: Municipality of Saint-Roch-de-l’Achigan
  • Project manager: Richard de la Riva
  • Design architect: Richard de la Riva
  • Project team: Melanie Morris, Brigitte Boudreau, Cesar Vivanco and Sergio ClavijoStructural, mechanicaland electrical  engineers: Leroux Beaudoin Hurens
  • Budget: 2 920 000 $CA
  • Area of project: 16 800 ft2 / 1560 m2
  • Project end date: 2012

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Résidence Roy-Lawrence in Sutton, Canada by Chevalier Morales Architectes

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

Article source: Chevalier Morales Architectes 

Located outside the village of Sutton, in Quebec’s eastern townships, the Roy-Lawrence Residence is set in a vast estate very much impregnated with the legacy of a Swiss immigrant family that came to Canada in the 1930’s. To this date, the surroundings of the residence are still defined by bucolic landscapes, iconic Swiss chalets and other buildings of similar nature that were erected along the years, always with a consistent touch of nostalgia.

Image Courtesy © Chevalier Morales Architectes

Image Courtesy © Chevalier Morales Architectes

  • Architects: Chevalier Morales Architectes
  • Project: Résidence Roy-Lawrence
  • Location: Sutton, Canada
  • Photography: Chevalier Morales Architects
  • Client’s name : Jean Roy / Marthe Lawrence
  • Project leaders: S. Chevalier / S. Morales
  • Design team : S Chevalier / S. Morales / J. Rondeau / P. Littée
  • Engineer :  Structure Pierre Gosselin
  • Landscape architect : Client
  • Contractor: Self-Construction / Client
  • Area : 276 m2
  • Budget: N/D
  • Completion date :Winter 2014

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Edison Residence in Montreal, Canada by KANVA

Saturday, August 9th, 2014

Article source: KANVA

A small vacant lot located at the epicenter of Montreal student life, just north of the McGill University’s Milton gates, was the basis of the latest design by KANVA. The site endured a fire in the early 20th century, which flattened the existing 19th century historic stone house; this tragedy represents only one of many narrative layers embedded in the land. The historical context of the site became the primary inspiration for the urban renewal project, which lead to the exploration of an innovative concrete fabrication technique; photoengraved concrete panels that enabled the building to tell a story.

Image Courtesy © Marc Cramer

Image Courtesy © Marc Cramer

  • Architects: KANVA
  • Project: Edison Residence
  • Location: Montreal, Canada
  • Photography: Marc Cramer
  • Mechanical/Electrical Engineer: bouthillette parizeau
  • Structural Engineer: NCK inc.
  • Landscape Architect: Vlan paysages
  • Contractor: KI
  • Photoengraved concrete supplier: Reckli, Solubrik, Saramac
  • Lighting Designer: N/A
  • Artists: N/A
  • Project area: 9,000 sq.ft
  • Project budget: N/A
  • Completion date: August 2014

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University of Windsor — Ed Lumley Centre for Engineering Innovation in Windsor, Canada by B+H Architects

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Article source: B+H Architects

Completed in 2013, the Windsor’s Ed Lumley Centre for Engineering Innovation has allowed Windsor’s Faculty of Engineering to distinguish itself as a leader in engineering innovation in Canada. The project is an interactive, continuously evolving tool for learning, having been built to feature a variety of structures and systems that demonstrate engineering excellence to students firsthand.

Image Courtesy © B+H Architects

Image Courtesy © B+H Architects

  • Architects: B+H Architects
  • Project: University of Windsor — Ed Lumley Centre for Engineering Innovation
  • Location: Windsor, Canada

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House 60 in Toronto, Canada by gh3

Sunday, July 20th, 2014

Article source: gh3

House 60 is a renovation and addition to a 50’s suburban house on a large lot in Toronto, Canada.

The existing house was largely introverted—small windows, low ceilings—with a traditional plan—living room, separate dining room and cramped kitchen on the ground floor, and a maze of bedrooms on the second. An undistinguished building from the exterior—brick with a shallow sloping roof—adorned over time with a wrought iron front porch and aluminum awnings. However underwhelming, the existing house was considered by gh3 as a material resource to be reused, rather than abandoned, a position consistent with first principles of sustainability.

Image Courtesy © gh3

Image Courtesy © gh3

  • Architects: gh3
  • Project: House 60
  • Location: Toronto, Canada

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