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SOUTHLANDS RESIDENCE in British Columbia, Canada by DIALOG

Saturday, August 3rd, 2013

Article source: DIALOG

The Southlands Residence nestles into a mature, heavily vegetated corner site in Vancouver’s historical Dunbar-Southlands neighborhood. A year-round fresh water stream divides the irregularly shaped property as it threads its way below Marine Drive to the south. The lush basin resulting from long-standing environmental forces sets the stage for a dramatic and highly contextual architectural response. The Southlands Residence spans the riparian environment and sets up a circulation sequence that culminates in a grand south facing outdoor ‘room’ on the water’s edge. The design capitalizes on moments of natural splendor in social zones while playfully borrowing from foliage and topography in the creation of private contemplative spaces.

Image Courtesy © Kristopher Grunert

  • Architects: DIALOG
  • Project: SOUTHLANDS RESIDENCE
  • Location: British Columbia, Canada
  • Photography: Kristopher Grunert
  • Project Background: Historical Vancouver neighbourhood
  • Context: New 3,200 sq ft home built on existing structural grid
  • Completion: November 2011
  • Program: New construction, Open plan
  • Main level: one bedroom, ensuite, living room, kitchen, dining room, powder room
  • Lower level: living room, spa bathroom, laundry, garden storage
  • Materials: Steel and timber, radiant concrete floors, wood siding, and concrete panel cladding
  • Structure: Steel floor framing on timber columns, Composite steel and timber roof framing

FIRST PEOPLES HOUSE in British Columbia, Canada by Formline Architecture + Urbanism

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

Article source: Formline Architecture + Urbanism

Located at the University of Victoria on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada this building was designed to accommodate the Indigenous Graduate Student Union.  The House aspires to be a welcoming home for Aboriginal students and an inclusive and healing place for the local and global Indigenous community and non-Indigenous people alike.

View of Main Entrance with concrete totem for 100% natural air intake, Image Courtesy © Nick Lehoux

  • Architects: Formline Architecture + Urbanism
  • Project: FIRST PEOPLES HOUSE
  • Location: British Columbia, Canada
  • Photography: Nick Lehoux
  • Type: Institutional, Post Secondary, Cultural
  • Building Status: Completed 2009
  • Site Area: 1.42 acre
  • Building Area: 1,196 sm  (12,875 sft)
  • Software used: Autocad
CLIENT AND ARCHITECTURAL PROJECT TEAM
  • CLIENT: University of Victoria
  • PROJECT MANAGER: Larry Wilkinson, Facilities Managemen

View of main public corridor with wall for displaying art, Image Courtesy © Nick Lehoux

ENGINEERS:

  • Structural Engineers: Equilibrium Consulting
  • Mechanical Engineer: Hershfield Williams Timmins
  • Electrical Engineer: Advanced Engineering Solutions
  • Civil Engineer: Stantec

PROJECT SPECIALISTS AND CONSULTANTS:

  • Building Envelope: Morrison Hershfield
  • Landscape Architect: Vaughn Landscape Planning & Design
  • Code Consultant: Pioneer Consultants
  • LEED Consultant: Kane Consulting
  • Art Coordinator: John Livingston

Ceremonial Hall clad in woven cedar with fireplace with concealed air intake and exhaust below floor, Image Courtesy © Nick Lehoux

The building is comprised of classrooms, offices, study spaces, ceremonial space and lounges for elders and students. The design of the building is inspired aesthetically and philosophically from the indigenous Coast Salish culture. The First Peoples House embodies traditional Coast Salish building principlesin its’ ability to mediate the environment, maximize sunlight, ventilation, natural resources and local materials.

Ceremonial East Entrance with house posts carved by local Coast Salish artist, Image Courtesy © Nick Lehoux

The post-and-beam Douglas Fir glulam structure, inspired by the Coast Salish longhouse, has primary components clad in Clear A 1×10 & 2×10 clear edge grain western red cedar. The cedar is salvaged logs from the northwest coast of Vancouver Island by the Dididat Nation. The building is broken into 3 discrete elements (classrooms, Ceremonial Hall, administration) connected by glazed curtain wall. The upper roof drains all water into a storm water retention pond and the lower roof is planted with indigenous grasses.

View of North elevation with newly planted indigenous garden and planted roof on lower building, Image Courtesy © Nick Lehoux

The building is passively cooled and reduces energy by use of a low velocity displacement ventilation system. This sustainable approach is inspired from the Coastal Salish Long house which had a smoke vent at the top and perimeter cedar planks at the bottom of the walls were raised to allow a low level draft for the fire pit. Modeled on this system a combination of user controlled and DDC control operable windows and vents surround the building.

West entrance, view of rammed-earth-wall and waterfall scupper, Image Courtesy © Nick Lehoux

One 100% outdoor Air Handling unit serves heating and ventilation requirements and feeds air below the floor at the perimeter of the building.  Heating is supplied by the University central heat main system.  Stratification moves air through offset acoustic louvres into the corridor where it is returned to the ventilation unit or exhausted through DDC controlled windows at the highest point in the building.

Image Courtesy © Formline Architecture + Urbanism

Art is integral to First Nations culture and this project incorporates carved western red cedar house posts, carved ceremonial doors and eight carved panels in its Ceremonial Hall. Woven cedar panels line the Hall walls and are inspired by the bull rush mats traditionally found in long house interiors to break the draft.

Image Courtesy © Formline Architecture + Urbanism

The site design incorporates existing footpaths, supplemented with the reintroduction of low-maintenance indigenous plants, waterfall and storm-water retention pond.  All these natural features contribute to building’s overall calming and magnificent presence. The project received LEED Gold certification in 2011.

Image Courtesy © Formline Architecture + Urbanism

Image Courtesy © Formline Architecture + Urbanism

FLOW in Quebec, Canada By BAPTISTE DEBOMBOURG

Monday, July 29th, 2013

Article source: BAPTISTE DEBOMBOURG

Solo exhibition by Baptiste Debombourg at the Centre d’Art Actuel l’Oeil de Poisson from 03.05 to 02.06.2013, 541, rue de Saint Vallier Est, Quebec, Canada.
FLOW is resurrection, rebellion, the sudden mirror of our mass consumption society that kills human beings and the objects it mass-produces. Here the windscreens surge up like the wave that engulfs towns in catastrophe films such as 2012 or The Day After Tomorrow. They are broken, discarded, ignored objects that take the place by storm, rebel and attack us. Like ignored vomit being spewed out from on high.

Image Courtesy © l’Œil de Poisson

  • Architects: BAPTISTE DEBOMBOURG
  • Project: FLOW
  • Location: Quebec, Canada
  • Photography: l’Œil de Poisson

THE CARMELITE CHAPEL OF MONTREAL in Canada by Éclairage Public

Monday, July 29th, 2013

Article source: Éclairage Public

Montreal’s Carmelite Chapel made its home somewhat out of the way of the city’s core in 1875. Its solemn architecture reflects the medieval roots of the Carmel tradition, save for some of the chapel’s neo-gothic details. Our work revolved around the renovation of the plastered walls and the ceiling’s marouflage panels.

Image Courtesy © Pierre Bélanger

  • Architects: Éclairage Public
  • Project: THE CARMELITE CHAPEL OF MONTREAL
  • Location: Canada
  • Photography: Pierre Bélanger
  • Client: Le Carmel de Montréal / Sœur Marie-Denise Leblond, economist
  • Architects designers: Josette Michaud, architect, Beaupré et Michaud, architects, Monika Kuhnigk, architect, Beaupré et Michaud, architects
  • Project Manager: Josette Michaud, architect, Beaupré et Michaud, architects
  • Engineers: François Brunel ing, Caron, Beaudoin et associés
  • Contractors: Construction Gilbert Dumas, L’orange Électrique
  • Lighting Design: Gilles Arpin, Jean-Pierre Smith, Claude Alarie, Maiko Sato

UJA Federation Community Complex in Ontario, Canada BY ARK

Friday, July 19th, 2013

Article source: ARK

Canadian architecture firm ARK has [won the/been highly commended …. by the International Academy for Design & Health…] in three separate categories: Mental Health Design and Interior Design, for the Centre for Addition and Mental Health’s (CAMH) Village Family Health Team, and International Salutogenic Design for the UJA Federation Community Complex.

Image Courtesy © Tom Arban Photography

  • Architects: ARK
  • Project: UJA Federation Community Complex
  • Location: Ontario, Canada
  • Photography: Tom Arban and Shai Gil
  • Client: UJA Federation of Greater Toronto and Mount Sinai Hospital
  • ARK Scope: Community Engagement, Masterplan, Urban Design, Architecture, Interior Design, Graphic Design
  • Engineers: LKM, Hammerschlag Joffe, RJC
  • Contractors: Vanbots/Carrilion, Greenferd, Buttcon
  • Area of project: 365,000sf

MBAM Pavilion 5 in Montreal, Canada by SAUCIER+PERROTTE ARCHITECTES

Friday, July 12th, 2013

Article source: SAUCIER+PERROTTE ARCHITECTES

Just as layers of history accumulate through time to offer varying perspectives on culture and environment, Saucier + Perrotte’s design for the Fifth Pavilion of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is composed of a series of mineral strata that form a home for the Hornstein collection of art.

Image Courtesy © Luxigon

  • Architects:  SAUCIER+PERROTTE ARCHITECTES
  • Project: MBAM Pavilion 5
  • Location: Montreal, Canada
  • Photography: Saucier + Perrotte and Luxigon
  • Designer architect – Saucier + Perrotte architectes
  • Project description – Museum and educational facilities
  • Engineering – Guy Nordenson and Associates
  • Lead Design Architect – Gilles Saucier
  • Office Name – Saucier + Perrotte Architectes

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The Bow in Calgary, Canada by Foster + Partners

Thursday, July 4th, 2013

Article source: Foster + Partners

Official opening of The Bow, Calgary’s tallest tower

Special events have been held in Calgary this week to mark the official opening of The Bow, a 237- metre-high headquarters tower – the city’s tallest building and Canada’s tallest tower outside Toronto. A bold new landmark on the skyline, the project is equally significant in urban, social and environmental terms: the public base of the tower is filled with shops, restaurants and cafes and extends into a generous landscaped plaza, while the office floors are punctuated by three six-storey sky gardens, which encourage natural ventilation and help to significantly reduce energy use.

Image Courtesy © Nigel Young – Foster + Partners

  • Architects: Foster + Partners
  • Project: The Bow
  • Location: Calgary, Canada
  • Photography: Nigel Young – Foster + Partners
  • Client: H+R Real Estate Investment Trust
  • Appointment: 2005
  • Construction Start: 2007
  • Completion: 2013

Chinguacousy Park Redevelopment in Ontario, Canada by MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects (MJMA)

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

Article source: MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects (MJMA)

OVERVIEW
The Chinguacousy Park Redevelopment project is comprised of a new Ski Chalet / Clubhouse for the ski hill, outdoor volleyball complex, skateboard park, and bmx park; the renovation and addition to the Tennis / Curling Club, and a new Boat Pavilion, integrated into the water course within the park. The new facilities are all linked by new landscaping and pedestrian pathway system.

Image Courtesy © Shai Gil

  • Architects: MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects (MJMA)  
  • Project: Chinguacousy Park Redevelopment
  • Location: Brampton, Ontario, Canada
  • Photography: Shai Gil
  • Year Completion: 2012
  • Project Size: Boat Pavilion 5,550 SF / Tennis and Curling Building 14,500 SF / Ski Chalet 17,300 SF

Mount Stephen Complex in Montreal, Canada by Lemay associés

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

Article source: Lemay associés

Lemay designs a new luxury hotel on the Mount Stephen Club site located on 1440 Drummond Street in Montreal. In fact, Tidan Group, owner of this impressive heritage building, has started the construction of an 80-room hotel at the heart of downtown. In addition to some luxurious accommodations, this 12-storey building will offer high-quality service with banquet rooms for 500 guests, flexible meeting rooms, a spa, a fitness center and an underground parking lot of 96 places. Meanwhile, the interior space of the iconic Mount Stephen Club, closed since December 2011, will be expanded from 2,400 m2 to 6,500 m2.

Image courtesy LEMAY

  • Architects: Lemay associés
  • Project: lemay participates in the architectural and interior design of the Mount Stephen complex
  • Location: Montreal, Canada

Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa by KPMB Architects

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

Article source: KPMB Architects

The Canadian Museum of Nature (CMN) was the first purpose built museum in the country. It is now recognized for the interdependence of its learning and research components and a collection that includes 10 million specimens gathered over 150 years. The original building – known as the Victoria Memorial Museum Building (VMMB) – was designed in the Beaux-Arts Style by David Ewart. Shortly after its completion in 1912, the stone tower began to sink into the ground. In 1915, the upper part of the tower was removed to de-load the structure, leaving the base as the main entrance vestibule but consequently diminishing the building’s original composition, and impacting the original clarity of the Beaux Arts plan.

Image Courtesy KPMB Architects 

  • Architects: KPMB Architects
  • Project: Canadian Museum of Nature
  • Location: Ottawa, Canada
  • Size: 250,000 s.f. total area: 220, 000 s.f. existing; 30,000 s.f. new construction
  • Completion: 2010
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