Posts Tagged ‘Canada’
Tuesday, July 19th, 2016
Article source: THE OPEN WORKSHOP
With insufficient core populations to support public structures, the typology of dwelling has attained the highest level of refinement within the Arctic’s unique climate. Pre-WWII indigenous Inuit Housing Types had embedded connections to the local landscape, its orientation, materials and fabrication, while embracing the nomadic Inuit lifestyle. With zero ecological footprint, these temporal dwellings employed opportunities from the landscape and atmosphere to form a complex shelter that negotiated thermal performance, local materials, soft construction techniques, program and cultural values.
View of the Drift House in summer configuration from the highway, Image Courtesy © THE OPEN WORKSHOP
- Architects: THE OPEN WORKSHOP
- Project: THE DRIFT HOUSE
- Location: Northern Canada
- Project Research and Design Team: Neeraj Bhatia (Director), Tracy Bremer, Mary Casper, Zachariah Glennon, Alicia Hergenroeder, Brian Lee & Sonia Ramundi
- Funded by: Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, MIT Lawrence B. Anderson Award & Rice School of Architecture Faculty Research Grant
- Year: 2012
Sunday, July 10th, 2016
Article source: DUBBELDAM inc. architecture + design
A busy doctor commissioned the renewal of this 128 year-old house to fulfil his desire for a modern and light-filled home with a connection to the outdoors. Situated on a narrow lot in a dense downtown neighbourhood, the renovation of this 135 s.m. residence also aimed to provide increased living space on the interior. However, in order to preserve the intimate rear garden, the design challenge was to ‘expand’ the interior space without increasing the footprint of the house. This was accomplished by a rethinking of traditional programme, utilizing built-in place elements and changes in ceiling heights to define spaces rather than walls, and by creating a powerful visual connection with the small backyard to extend the living space. The dark, cramped interior was carved out to create bright, airy spaces connected by an open plan. Materials and built-ins are designed to emphasize linearity – horizontal lines of rift cut white oak millwork, linear divisions of cabinets and display units, stacked strips of industrial felt on the fireplace, and long porcelain tiling with a linear pattern; they create the perception of expanding and stretching the space and direct the eye through the house towards the rear garden.
Image Courtesy © Bob Gundu
- Architects: DUBBELDAM inc. architecture + design
- Project: THROUGH HOUSE
- Location: Toronto ,Ontario, Canada
- Photography: Bob Gundu
- Project Team: Heather Dubbeldam, Jason LeBlanc, Bindya Lad, Oliver Dang, Jacob JeBailey,
Johanna Bollozos, Lynden Giles, Suzanna MacDonald
- Contractor: DDF European Design
- Size: 1,450 s.f.
Thursday, July 7th, 2016
Article source: office of mcfarlane biggar architects + designers (omb)
To emphasize its status as a leading organization in the world of telecommunications that is also civically, culturally and environmentally minded, TELUS collaborated with Westbank to transform an entire city block of prime downtown Vancouver realestate into an inspiring workplace and a welcoming destination for the downtown community. The ambitious one-million-squarefoot, $750 million development designed by Henriquez Architects comprises a 24-floor office tower and a 53-floor residential tower, with nine floors dedicated to TELUS’ national headquarters.
Image Courtesy © Andrew Latreille
- Architects: office of mcfarlane biggar architects + designers (omb)
- Project: TELUS Garden
- Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
- Photography: Andrew Latreille, Ema Peter
- Project Team: Principal-in-Charge (Michelle Biggar0), Supporting Principal (Steve McFarlane), Project Associate (Tracey MacTavish), Others (Hozumi Nakai, Joshua Lunn)
- Services: Interior Design
- Project Size: 156 000 sq.ft.
- Completion: September 2015
Saturday, July 2nd, 2016
Article source: V2com
The Montreal Port Authority (MPA) officially unveiled its plans for the restoration of Alexandra Pier and the Iberville International Passenger Terminal. The project is designed by the firm Provencher_Roy, which once again distinguishes itself by its ability to implement, in the Montréal area, projects that constitute a focus for further development. At a time when the creation of public spaces is increasingly important, the firm has worked closely with the MPA to not only deliver a totally renovated maritime terminal that has been upgraded to meet the current operational needs of cruise lines, of which a growing number are choosing Montréal as a tourist destination, but also to better integrate the pier and the maritime terminal into the urban fabric of Old Montréal and to satisfy citizens’ wishes for greater access to the waterfront. “This is a structuring project for the tourism industry, as well as for residents and visitors of Old Montréal, who will benefit from the revitalization of the Alexandra Pier facilities,” says Claude Provencher, architect and senior partner.
Image Courtesy © Provencher_Roy
- Architects: Provencher_Roy
- Project: Iberville International Maritime Terminal And Alexandra Pier
- Location: Québec, Canada
- Client: Montreal Port Authority
- Partners in Charge: Claude Provencher, Sonia Gagné
- Landscaping: NIP PAYSAGE
- Structural and Civil Engineering: NCK
- Mechanical and Electrical Engineering: PAGEAU MOREL
- Civil Engineering: GÉNIPUR
- Marine Infrastructure: WSP GROUP
- Area: 25,000 m²
- Year: 2013 to date
- Status: Under construction
Thursday, June 30th, 2016
Article source: v2com
After four years of work, the recent inauguration of the Maison des étudiants de l’École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS) unveiled a signature building which enhances an entire neighborhood in the Griffintown district.
Inspired by an icehouse that once stood on the site, the crystal-like volume is remarkably light, open and airy. The mixed-use program was unified into a singular sculpted volume, its offsets interacting in a refreshing way with the more sober and introverted campus buildings. The massing was carved out on its south and east sides to create space for a future park that extends inside the building’s public program, maximizing sunlight and offering the community an abundantly glazed atrium that showcases student life within.
Image Courtesy © Stéphane Brugger
Tuesday, June 28th, 2016
Article source: v2com
A trivial space is transformed into a cutting edge and welcoming dermatology clinic.
Dr. Danielle Brassard has long dreamt of opening her own public dermatology clinic in Montréal. To meet the needs of clients who deal with eczema, psoriasis, hives and other skin conditions linked to stress, the future clinic must welcome patients in a comforting atmosphere. Her vision for the space is unlike the model of traditional medical clinics, which are often gloomy places where the comfort and well-being of the patients and professionals are relegated to the sidelines in favor of technical requirements. To turn her vision into reality, she contacted Laurent McComber in September 2014 from the architectural firm L. McComber.
Phototherapy desk, Image Courtesy © Raphaël Thibodeau
- Architects: L. McComber – architecture vivante
- Project: Clinique D diaphane: Light Therapy
- Location: Laval, Quebec, Canada
- Photography: Raphaël Thibodeau
- Client: Danielle Brassard and Cynthia Migneault
- Architect/designer: L. McComber ltée
- Design team: David Grenier, Laurent McComber
- Graphic design: Atelier Chinotto
- Lighting design: Richporter Lighting, Éclairage
- General contractor: Brago Construction
- Budget: $450,000
- Area: 2 950 ft2
- Project end date: April 2015
Tuesday, June 21st, 2016
Article source: v2com
Designing an elementary school of tomorrow in a 120,000 square-foot heritage building built in 1896—that’s the challenge that Sainte-Anne Academy gave Taktik Design. From room layout to furniture design to communications, this innovative project was undertaken by Taktik Design’s industrial, interior and graphic designers. After the team proposed the initial solutions, they were given carte blanche to create an efficient environment that accommodates the latest teaching standards. The fun-filled environment at the Academy was designed with kids in mind; the space is less of an interpretation of their imaginations and more of a blank canvas for their creativity.
Library, Image Courtesy © Maxime Brouillet
- Architects: Taktik design
- Project: Sainte-Anne Academy, the school of tomorrow
- Location: Dorval, Canada
- Photography: Maxime Brouillet, Alexis Lavoie
Tuesday, June 21st, 2016
Article source: v2com
The Grand Trunk is MARK + VIVI`s latest project located in the transitioning neighbourhood of Pointe-Saint-Charles, Quebec. Nestled steps from Montreal’s Lachine Canal, the newly renovated 1,100 square foot row house currently serves as residence and design studio for designers Mark Fekete and Viviana de Loera. Originally built in 1880, the building’s exposed structure supports a whimsical integration of traditional industrial materials with clever and efficient design.
Front façade, Image Courtesy © Adrien Williams
- Architects: Mark+Vivi
- Project: Grand Trunk Revival
- Location: Montréal, Canada
- Photography: Adrien Williams
Saturday, June 11th, 2016
Article source: v2com
Located in a quiet area of the Eastern Townships in Quebec, the Nook Residence sits in continuity with the landscape in which it is part. Turning its back to the street, it offers a virtually blind facade that encourages discovery and piques curiosity. Strategically located openings and a large gap in the white mass give a hint at the beautiful scenery below as we approach the building.
Image Courtesy © Ulysse Lemerise Bouchard
- Architects: MU Architecture
- Project: Nook Residence
- Location: Mansonville, Québec, Canada
- Photography: Ulysse Lemerise Bouchard (YUL Photo)
- Project team: Jean-Sébastien Herr, Charles Côté, Valérie Beaudin, Pierre-Paul Guillemette
- Structure: Latéral
- Contractor: Constructions Boivin
- Construction: Décembre 2015
- Project Area: 3000 sq.ft.
Friday, June 3rd, 2016
Article source: McKinley Burkart Architects
Many food+beverage clients require design solutions for multiple locations, both nationally and internationally. McKinley Burkart recognizes the need for design that is scalable and adaptable, with individual elements that can be repeated and evolved effectively whether for two or 100 locations. Furthermore, McKinley Burkart believes in the power of interior design to develop a strong brand message and customer familiarity. The concept for Earls Crossroads, and future Earls locations, was to open and lighten the space while incorporating timeless materials that would patina over time. Ensuring design longevity, natural stone, wood, leather and concrete were used throughout the space. Creating a cohesive customer experience between multiple restaurant locations, McKinley Burkart aligned the design with the national brand. By focusing on a consistent tone, with distinct recurring components, rather than a cookie-cutter design, each restaurant location, is unique yet on-brand. The overall aesthetic creates the ideal space for comfortable and stylish dining and embodies notions of a laid-back cool vibe.
Image Courtesy © Jamie Hyatt Photography
- Architects: McKinley Burkart Architects
- Project: Earls Kitchen + Bar Crossroads
- Location: Edmonton, Canada
- Photography: Jamie Hyatt Photography
- Software used: AutoCad