Behind the Living Wall: An Interview with Birgit Siber

01:00 - 4 June, 2014
Behind the Living Wall: An Interview with Birgit Siber, © Richard Johnson
© Richard Johnson

Material Minds, presented by ArchDaily Materials, is our new series of short interviews with architects, designers, scientists, and others who use architectural materials in innovative ways. Enjoy!

Green, or living, walls have begun popping up and growing across commercial interiors everywhere over the last decade. To understand how a living wall functions, and how to design one, we went straight to a pioneer in the profession: Ms. Birgit Siber of Diamond Schmitt Architects in Toronto. The synthesis of natural systems and building systems had been in her mind since her days as a student, but the major break came in 2000, when her team constructed a massive living wall for The University of Guelph-Humbar. To understand how architects are closing the gap between interior and exterior via the living wall, read the full interview after the break.

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Thunder Bay Courthouse / Adamson Associates Architects

01:00 - 3 June, 2014
Thunder Bay Courthouse / Adamson Associates Architects, © Shai Gil
© Shai Gil

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Sorel Residence / NatureHumaine

01:00 - 26 May, 2014
Sorel Residence  /  NatureHumaine, © Adrien Williams
© Adrien Williams

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Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre / DIALOG

01:00 - 23 May, 2014
Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre  / DIALOG, © Nic Lehoux Photography
© Nic Lehoux Photography
  • Architects

  • Location

    Osoyoos, BC V0H, Canada
  • Architect in Charge

    Bruce Haden
  • Project Architect

    Brady Dunlop
  • Area

    1115.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2006
  • Photographs

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Glacier Skywalk / Sturgess Architecture

00:00 - 14 May, 2014
Glacier Skywalk / Sturgess Architecture, © Robert Lemermeyer
© Robert Lemermeyer

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Libeskind Selected to Design Canadian National Holocaust Monument

00:00 - 12 May, 2014
Libeskind Selected to Design Canadian National Holocaust Monument, Team Lord's Winning Proposal. Image © Government of Canada
Team Lord's Winning Proposal. Image © Government of Canada

Daniel Libeskind’s “elongated Star of David” has been announced today, the architect's 67th birthday, as the winner of an international design competition for Canada’s National Holocaust Monument. Selected from a shortlist of six, the winning "Landscape of Loss, Memory and Survival" monument is expected to be constructed in the Canadian capital of Ottawa on the corner of Wellington and Booth Streets sometime next year. 

Great Gulf Active House / Superkül inc

01:00 - 12 May, 2014
Great Gulf Active House  / Superkül inc, © Torben Eskerod
© Torben Eskerod
  • Architects

  • Location

    Thorold, ON, Canada
  • Architects in Charge

    Andre D’Elia, Meg Graham
  • Project Architect

    Wendy Wisbrun
  • Area

    3290.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

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Stealth Cabin / Superkül inc

01:00 - 9 May, 2014
Stealth Cabin / Superkül inc, © Shai Gil
© Shai Gil
  • Architects

  • Location

    Bracebridge, ON, Canada
  • Architects in Charge

    Andre D’Elia, Meg Graham
  • Project Architect

    Anya Moryoussef
  • Area

    1500.0 ft2
  • Photographs

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PoolHouse / +tongtong

01:00 - 9 May, 2014
PoolHouse / +tongtong, © Colin Faulkner
© Colin Faulkner

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Mineral Springs / Superkül inc

01:00 - 6 May, 2014
© Shai Gil
© Shai Gil
  • Architects

  • Location

    Dundas, Hamilton, ON, Canada
  • Architects in Charge

    Andre D’Elia, Meg Graham
  • Area

    1000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

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Remembering Ron Thom's Subtle Mark on the Canadian Landscape

00:00 - 5 May, 2014
Remembering Ron Thom's Subtle Mark on the Canadian Landscape , Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario. Image © Alexi Hobbs
Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario. Image © Alexi Hobbs

“You don’t need big and flashy starchitecture to make a statement; the most powerful architecture is often that which blends into the landscape and reveals itself slowly.” In this article on Monocle, written by Nelly Gocheva, the late Canadian architect Ron Thom is remembered for just this reason. To learn more about Thom's architectural approach and works, including his masterplan for Trent University, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, read the article here.

Esquimalt House / Mcleod Bovell

01:00 - 4 May, 2014
Courtesy of Mcleod Bovell
Courtesy of Mcleod Bovell
  • Architects

  • Location

    Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • Area

    7015.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Mcleod Bovell

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Chez Carl / Jean De Lessard

01:00 - 30 April, 2014
Chez Carl / Jean De Lessard, © Adrien Williams
© Adrien Williams
  • Interior Designers

  • Location

    3000 Boulevard René Lévesque, Verdun, QC H3E 1T9, Canada
  • General Contractor

    Castle Reno (Paul Cantwell)
  • Area

    1229.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

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To Be Destroyed: A Call For Ideas

01:00 - 29 April, 2014
To Be Destroyed: A Call For Ideas, Between Life and Death (2006) Carlos & Jason Sanchez / © Walter Willems
Between Life and Death (2006) Carlos & Jason Sanchez / © Walter Willems

The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA) is calling for submissions that respond to the thematic of an upcoming exhibition, entitled TBD, that will be on view September 5 to October 25, 2014 in Toronto, Canada.

Crisan House / EST Architecture

01:00 - 29 April, 2014
Crisan House / EST Architecture, © Claudiu Olaru
© Claudiu Olaru
  • Architects

  • Location

    Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, QC, Canada
  • Architect in Charge

    Felix Tue
  • Team

    Felix Tue & Claudiu Olaru
  • Area

    435.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

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Herzog & de Meuron to Design New Vancouver Art Gallery

00:00 - 29 April, 2014
Herzog & de Meuron to Design New Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver Art Gallery Site
Vancouver Art Gallery Site

The Vancouver Art Gallery has unanimously appointed Herzog & de Meuron to design their new, 300,000 square foot gallery in downtown Vancouver. 

Selected from a shortlist of five - including Diller Scofidio + Renfro, KPMB Architects, SANAA , and Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects - Herzog & de Meuron was ultimately awarded the commission for their vision of the new Gallery and “proven ability to create innovative museum buildings that place prominence on artists and institutional mission.”

The new museum building, which will be the practice’s first Canadian project, will double the Gallery’s current space and accommodate for their expanding collections, indoor and outdoor exhibition space, and new educational programs. Conceptual designs are expected to be released in early 2015. 

Preview the portfolio that landed Herzog & de Meuron the commission, after the break...

FaulknerBrowns Propose Community Velodrome Scheme in Canada

01:00 - 26 April, 2014
FaulknerBrowns Propose Community Velodrome Scheme in Canada, Interior Visualisation. Image Courtesy of FaulknerBrowns Architects
Interior Visualisation. Image Courtesy of FaulknerBrowns Architects

British based FaulknerBrowns Architects have proposed plans for "one of only two velodromes in recent memory being planned" in the city of Edmonton, Canada. In a place where winters are cold and long, reaching -20 degrees celcius, the facility can be adapted for both indoor and outdoor use throughout the year. Clad in Canadian timber and polished stainless steel shingles wrapping around the building like a "twisted ribbon resembling the twisted sinuous cycle track," the scheme will be only the second major indoor cycle track facility in the country.

S&S Studio / Scott and Scott Architects

01:00 - 20 April, 2014
S&S Studio / Scott and Scott Architects , Courtesy of Scott and Scott Architects
Courtesy of Scott and Scott Architects

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