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"Winter Stations" Bring Warmth to Toronto's Frozen Beaches

09:00 - 4 March, 2015
"Winter Stations" Bring Warmth to Toronto's Frozen Beaches , Snowcone. Image © Remi Carreiro
Snowcone. Image © Remi Carreiro

Five finalists have emerged from the 196 submissions of Toronto’s first international Winter Stations design competition. Drawing proposals from 36 countries around the world, the competition challenged entrants to transform the lifeguard stations on Toronto’s east beaches into public art pieces for the winter. The finalists’ designs were constructed in mid-February and will be displayed until March 20, 2015. 

Take a look at the completed installations, after the break. 

Sling Swing. Image © Eamon MacMahon Driftwood Throne. Image © Eamon MacMahon HotBox. Image © Nicolas Croft Snowcone. Image © Remi Carreiro +19

Offices Broccolini Construction / Rubin et Rotman architectes

12:00 - 3 March, 2015
Offices Broccolini Construction / Rubin et Rotman architectes, © Stéphane Brügger
© Stéphane Brügger

© Stéphane Brügger © Stéphane Brügger © Stéphane Brügger © Stéphane Brügger +31

Lateral Office's 2014 Venice Biennale 'Arctic Adaptations' Exhibition To Tour Canada

00:00 - 24 February, 2015

Lateral Office's Arctic Adaptations exhibition, which was recognised with a Special Mention at the 2014 Venice Biennale, will travel make its debut in Canada at the Winnipeg Art Gallery this week before heading to Whitehouse, Vancouver, and Calgary. The exhibition "surveys a century of Arctic architecture, an urbanising present, and a projective near future of adaptive architecture in Nunavut" though interactive models, photography, and topographical maps of the twenty five communities of the area, as well as Inuit carvers’ scale models of some of the most recognised buildings in the territory. In addition, it proposes a future of adaptive and responsive architecture for Canada's northern territories.

L-House / CCM2 Architectes

12:00 - 20 February, 2015
L-House / CCM2 Architectes, © Stéphane Groleau
© Stéphane Groleau

© Stéphane Groleau © Stephanie de la Ronde © Stephanie de la Ronde © Stéphane Groleau +14

Warming Huts Bring Life and Shelter to Winnipeg's Frozen Rivertrail

17:00 - 19 February, 2015
Warming Huts Bring Life and Shelter to Winnipeg's Frozen Rivertrail, By Invitation: The Hybrid Hut / Rojkind Arquitectos (México D.F.). Image Courtesy of Warming Huts
By Invitation: The Hybrid Hut / Rojkind Arquitectos (México D.F.). Image Courtesy of Warming Huts

Each year Winnipeg’s Red River Mutual Rivertrail is transformed by a series of site specific "Warming Huts" that bring life and refuge to what is the world's longest naturally frozen skating trail. The annual tradition’s popularity has grown exponentially, attracting participation from firm’s worldwide. This edition is offering visitors a highly acclaimed pop-up restaurant, a ski-through museum, and an eclectic collection of warm shelters, including a “hybrid” wood hut designed by Mexico’s Rojkind Arquitectos. You can see all eight completed installations, after the break. 

Warming Hut Additions: Mirror Cloaking / University of Manitoba (Winnipeg). Image Courtesy of Warming Huts Shelter Winner: The Hole Idea / Weiss Architecture & Urbanism Limited (Toronto). Image Courtesy of Warming Huts 6043 / Designed & Constructed by Kelvin High School (Winnipeg). Image Courtesy of Warming Huts Warming Hut Additions: RAW:almond (Winnipeg). Image Courtesy of Warming Huts +20

Provencher_Roy Wins RAIC’s 2015 Architectural Firm Award

13:15 - 19 February, 2015
Provencher_Roy Wins RAIC’s 2015 Architectural Firm Award, Claire and Marc Bourgie Pavillon of Quebec and Canadian Art at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts - 2011; Montreal, Canada. ImageMarc Cramer
Claire and Marc Bourgie Pavillon of Quebec and Canadian Art at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts - 2011; Montreal, Canada. ImageMarc Cramer

Montreal-based practice Provencher_Roy has been selected to receive the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada’s (RAIC) 2015 Architectural Firm Award. Chosen for their consistent, high quality work that spans 32 years, the 150-person firm was also praised by the jury for their dedication to mentorship. 

“Provencher_Roy was chosen for the breadth and consistently high quality of work over many years,” said the five-member jury. “They have worked with a broad range of clients and project types. The firm is recognized for its collaborative work and the excellence of its working and peer-learning environment.”

A Modern Boathouse in a Canadian Landscape / Weiss Architecture & Urbanism Limited

01:00 - 19 February, 2015
A Modern Boathouse in a Canadian Landscape / Weiss Architecture & Urbanism Limited, © Arnaud Marthouret
© Arnaud Marthouret

© Arnaud Marthouret © Arnaud Marthouret © Arnaud Marthouret © Arnaud Marthouret +16

Valentine's Day Concept by Kilometrezero is Sure to Warm Your Heart

00:00 - 14 February, 2015
Valentine's Day Concept by Kilometrezero is Sure to Warm Your Heart, Courtesy of Kilometrezero
Courtesy of Kilometrezero

Capturing the spirit of the annual Warming Huts design competition, Paris and Barcelona-based architecture firm Kilometrezero, or KM(0), has developed this conceptual project for a warming hut in Winnipeg. Fondly referred to as the "Valentine's Day concept" and aptly named KM(3) – Warming Heart, the project is intended as an inviting space for visitors to escape the winter chill between sports activities, and a symbolic structure that visually evokes the idea of warmth.

Courtesy of Kilometrezero Courtesy of Kilometrezero Concept Diagram Elevation +7

Holy Cross House / Thomas Balaban Architect

01:00 - 13 February, 2015
Holy Cross House / Thomas Balaban Architect, © Adrien Williams
© Adrien Williams

© Adrien Williams © Adrien Williams © Adrien Williams © Adrien Williams +20

Mid-Town Triplex / Studio JCI

01:00 - 12 February, 2015
Mid-Town Triplex / Studio JCI , © Scott Norsworthy
© Scott Norsworthy

© Scott Norsworthy © Scott Norsworthy © Scott Norsworthy © Scott Norsworthy +16

VIDEO: Bjarke Ingels Walks Us Through The Design of Vancouver House

00:00 - 11 February, 2015

Taking the urban high-rise “one step further,” BIG’s Vancouver House (formerly known as the Beach and Howe Tower) is a gesamtkunstwerk - total work of art. Detailed to the smallest scale, the grand scheme makes use of a difficult site trisected by the Granville overpass and burdened by setbacks, transforming it into a “lively village” at the city’s gateway.

Learn how Bjarke Ingels plans to revolutionize urban living by watching the video above. 

RAIC Honors Brian MacKay-Lyons with 2015 Gold Medal

00:00 - 9 February, 2015
RAIC Honors Brian MacKay-Lyons with 2015 Gold Medal, Cliff House / Mackay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects. Image © Greg Richardson
Cliff House / Mackay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects. Image © Greg Richardson

Nova Scotia architect Brian MacKay-Lyons, FRAIC, founding partner of MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects, has been selected to receive the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada’s 2015 Gold Medal. The RAIC’s highest honor, the Gold Medal is awarded annually to architects who have had a “significant and lasting contribution to Canadian architecture.”

“His work is universally recognized as pure, dignified, poetic and beautiful,” said the jury. “His work comes from an intimate connection with his communities.”

Bolton Residence / NatureHumaine

01:00 - 9 February, 2015
Bolton Residence / NatureHumaine, © Adrien Williams
© Adrien Williams

© Adrien Williams © Adrien Williams © Adrien Williams © Adrien Williams +27

Marc Fornes / THEVERYMANY Constructs Self-Supported “Vaulted Willow” with Ultra-Thin Aluminum Shells

00:00 - 6 February, 2015
Marc Fornes / THEVERYMANY Constructs Self-Supported “Vaulted Willow” with Ultra-Thin Aluminum Shells, © Marc Fornes & THEVERYMANY
© Marc Fornes & THEVERYMANY

The Edmonton Arts Council has commissioned Marc Fornes / THEVERYMANY to construct an “architectural folly” in the Canadian city’s Borden Park. The project, known as “Vaulted Willow,” aims to “resolve and delineate structure, skin and ornamentation into a single unified system” by “exploring lightweight, ultra-thin, self-supported shells through the development of custom computational protocols of structural form-finding and descriptive geometry.”

© Marc Fornes & THEVERYMANY © Marc Fornes & THEVERYMANY © Marc Fornes & THEVERYMANY Nested Parts. Image © Marc Fornes & THEVERYMANY +15

East Van House / Splyce Design

01:00 - 5 February, 2015
East Van House / Splyce Design, © Ivan Hunter
© Ivan Hunter

© Ivan Hunter © Ivan Hunter © Ivan Hunter © Ivan Hunter +23

Call for Ideas: Lost Spaces 2015 Design Competition

01:00 - 26 January, 2015
Call for Ideas: Lost Spaces 2015 Design Competition, Courtesy of d.talks
Courtesy of d.talks

The lost spaces competition is a call for ideas to reframe how underused spaces in Calgary might be used. The aim is to address a particular challenge of public space - what to do with seemingly remnant pieces of public property. The challenge: what opportunities do lost spaces afford?

The Linear House / Green Dot Architects

01:00 - 23 January, 2015
The Linear House / Green Dot Architects, © Tom Arban
© Tom Arban

© Tom Arban © Tom Arban © Tom Arban © Tom Arban +13

  • Architects

  • Location

    Toronto, ON, Canada
  • Design Team

    Saied Mahboubi, Titka Safarzadeh
  • Area

    155.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Canadian Team Takes First in Tirana Architecture Week's "Lost Architecture" Competition

01:00 - 18 January, 2015
Canadian Team Takes First in Tirana Architecture Week's "Lost Architecture" Competition, © Naiji Jiao & Seven Xiru Chen
© Naiji Jiao & Seven Xiru Chen

Presented by the Ministry of Culture of Albania and Tirana Architecture Week 2014, "Lost Architecture - [En]Visioning New City Squares" attracted international entries from students and practitioners under the age of forty alike. Designers were invited to submit proposals for the improvement of Pyramid Square in Albania's capital, Tirana, and tasked with reflecting the city's rich history and evolving identity.

Amongst the proposals received was one from a Canadian team comprised of architect Naiji Jiao and landscape architect Seven Xiru Chen, whose entry “The Pyramid Park" was awarded first place. Read more about the winning entry after the break.