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Venice Biennale 2014: Lateral Office to Represent Canada with Nunavut Exhibition

The Canada Council for the Arts and the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) has announced "Arctic Adaptations: Nunavut at 15" as winner of a national juried competition to represent Canada at the 2014 Venice Biennale in ArchitectureLateral Office of Toronto will organize and curate an exhibition designed to celebrate the 15th anniversary of Canada's largest but least populated northern territories, known for its pristine arctic wilderness and Inuit lifestyle.

The Drift House Proposal / The Open Workshop

With shelters and settlements in northern Canada currently undergoing a housing crisis due to decadent construction and energy costs, the corresponding ramifications on overcrowding and deprivation have resulted. What the Drift House aims to do is hybridize the intelligence of tradition and technology of both housing systems to offer direction on future constructions in the Arctic. Designed by Neeraj Bhatia of The Open Workshop, this housing prototype for northern climates proposes a series of snow fences that passively utilize snowdrift to form a new dwelling type by calibrating the snow fences with differential mesh openings and height. More images and architect's description after the break.

Curatorial Opportunities' Program at the CCA

Curatorial practice as it emerged during the twentieth century is being extensively recast. The tremendous change in the status of the object, culture, the various disciplines, information and education, implies an inevitable transformation of the curator’s role and competences. A renewed interest for curatorial practice has recently emerged within the field of architecture. For the third year,  the CCA (Canadian Center for Architecture) offers two curatorial opportunities with the generous support of the Power Corporation of Canada: the Young Curator Program and the Curatorial Internships Program. More information after the break.

Iceberg / ATOMIC3

Courtesy of Martine Doyon, Montreal Quartier des Spectacles Partnership
Courtesy of Martine Doyon, Montreal Quartier des Spectacles Partnership
  • Architects: ATOMIC3
  • Architectural Design: Appareil Architecture
  • Lighting Design: ATOMIC3
  • Sound Design: Jean-Sébastien Côté
  • Interactive Systems Design: Philippe Jean/Les Ateliers Numériques
  • Technical Coordinator Set: Guillaume Simard
  • Technical Coordinator Sound/Light/Interactive System: Alexis Rivest
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Martine Doyon, Montreal Quartier des Spectacles Partnership

Courtesy of Martine Doyon, Montreal Quartier des Spectacles Partnership Courtesy of Martine Doyon, Montreal Quartier des Spectacles Partnership Courtesy of Martine Doyon, Montreal Quartier des Spectacles Partnership Courtesy of Martine Doyon, Montreal Quartier des Spectacles Partnership

Earth Sciences Building / Perkins + Will

© Martin Tessler
© Martin Tessler
  • Architects: Perkins + Will
  • Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • Design Team: Peter Busby, Aneta Chmiel, Maginnis Cocivera, Paul Cowcher, Anna Espinoza, Jana Foit, Jeremiah Deutscher, Joerk Gravenstein, Herman Kao, Jon Loewen, Teresa Miller, Soren Schou, Eric Stedman, Julie Wong
  • Area: 15794.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Martin Tessler

© Martin Tessler © Martin Tessler © Martin Tessler © Martin Tessler

Toronto Union Station: Go Transit Roof Proposal / Zeidler Partnership Architects

As the 'last piece of the puzzle' at Toronto's Union Station, the renovation of the train shed roof covering the passenger platforms and tracks which connects GO Transit’s Union Station Bus Terminal to the station building delivers part of the “The Big Move” promise, Metrolinx’s twenty-five year regional transportation plan for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA). Designed by Zeidler Partnership Architects, their train shed roof was recently awarded with a 2012 Canadian Architect Award. Most of the 8.6-acre train shed roof is being refurbished, and the central portion is being removed and replaced with a new glass atrium to celebrate the station. More images and architects' description after the break.

Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability / Perkins + Will

  • Architects: Perkins + Will
  • Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • Design Team: Peter Busby, Martin Nielsen, Maginnis Cocivera, Sebastien Garon, Brian Gasmena, Jörk Grävenstein, Horace Lai, Blair McCarry, Z Smith
  • Supporting Team: Chessa Adsit-Morris, Clayton Blackman, Loren Cavallin, Imu Chan, William Dahl, Jeremiah Deutscher, Jeff Doble, Robert Drew, Benjamin Engle-Folchert, Bob Greig, Rebecca Holt, Ivan Illic, Herman Kao, Teresa Miller, Sarah Moran, Angelique Pilon, Roselyn Rheaume, Max Richter, Sören Schou, Nathan Shuttleworth, Ray Sun, Kathy Wardle
  • Construction Manager: Heatherbrae Construction
  • Structural Engineer: Fast + Epp
  • Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: Stantec
  • Civil Engineer: Core Group Consultants
  • Area: 5675.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Martin Tessler

© Martin Tessler © Martin Tessler © Martin Tessler © Martin Tessler

Carling Residence / Tact Architecture

  • Architects: Tact Architecture
  • Location: Georgian Bay, Ontario, Canada
  • Project Manager: Michael Krus
  • Design Team: Michael Krus, Prish Jain, Barry Hajder
  • Engineers: Jain and Associates, Soscia Engineering Limited
  • Contractor: Pegah Construction Ltd
  • Area: 3600.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Terence Tourangeau

© Terence Tourangeau © Terence Tourangeau © Terence Tourangeau © Terence Tourangeau

2013 Mellon Lecture

Taking place this Thursday, March 7th, at 6:00pm, the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) will present the first 2013 Mellon Lecture, a free event, featuring Japanese architect Yoshiharu Tsukamoto, founding partner of Atelier Bow-Wow in Tokyo with Momoyo Kaijima. Yoshiharu Tsukamoto will present his concept of Architectural Behavior, which investigates the physical responses to natural elements such as light, air, heat, wind, water, human behavior related to custom, and the way in which buildings relate to the city and their surroundings. For more information, please visit here.

BLUE Communication Office / Jean Guy Chabauty + Anne Sophie Goneau

© Stéphane Groleau © Stéphane Groleau © Stéphane Groleau © Stéphane Groleau

Alpine Cabin / Scott & Scott Architects

  • Architects: Scott & Scott Architects
  • Location: Port hardy, Canada
  • Architects in Charge: Susan Scott, David Scott
  • Area: 100.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Scott & Scott Architects

Courtesy of Scott & Scott Architects Courtesy of Scott & Scott Architects Courtesy of Scott & Scott Architects Courtesy of Scott & Scott Architects

The Beaumont House / Henri Cleinge

  • Architects: Henri Cleinge
  • Location: Montreal, Canada
  • Design Team: Henri Cleinge, Michel Lefebvre
  • Structural Engineer : César Zelaya
  • General Contractor: Bâtitu
  • Area: 3200.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Marc Cramer

© Marc Cramer © Marc Cramer © Marc Cramer © Marc Cramer

Cedarvale Ravine House / Drew Mandel Architects

  • Architects: Drew Mandel Architects
  • Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Design Team: Drew Mandel, Allison Gonsalves, Jowenne Poon
  • Structural Engineering: Blackwell Bowick Partnership Ltd.
  • Builder: Samaryn Homes: Amnon Sarkozi, Andrej Paulik (site supervisor)
  • Area: 3250.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Drew Mandel Architects

Courtesy of Drew Mandel Architects Courtesy of Drew Mandel Architects Courtesy of Drew Mandel Architects Courtesy of Drew Mandel Architects

City Design Panel Endorses BIG’s Mixed-Use Vancouver Tower

A BIG step forward for Vancouver’s latest mixed-use tower making international headlines, as the 497-foot tall Beach and Howe proposal has received an “enthusiastic endorsement” from the city’s design panel. 

Commissioned by Canada’s real estate mogul Ian Gillespie of Westbank, the Bjarke Ingle Group-designed tower promises to add a foreign twist to Vancouver’s skyline and create a new identity for an undefined section of town at the fringe of the city's residential area. The 700,000 square foot complex - which contains shopping, social housing and market rental apartments - was praised by the panel for anchoring itself on a nine-story podium that occupies the disused, interstitial spaces found between the Granville Street Bridge’s entry and exit ramps.

More after the break...

POP-UP Office Installation / Dubbeldam Architecture + Design

Exploring the evolving way in which we work, the POP-UP Office is an installation by DUBBELDAM Architecture + Design that uses modular units that can be combined in different ways. The result is a workspace that is simultaneously bare bones and tailored to the individual. This design becomes a great response to the profound shift in the way we work; when all we need is a surface to work on and a place to plug in, the working environment is no longer static. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Irène / KANVA

© Jimmy Hamelin
© Jimmy Hamelin

© Marc Cramer © Marc Cramer © Marc Cramer © Marc Cramer

Chilliwack / Randy Bens Architect

  • Architects: Randy Bens Architect
  • Location: New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada
  • Structural Engineer: Ennova Structural Engineers Inc.
  • Millwork: Platinum Millwork
  • Flooring / Stone: Inter Source Trading Corporation
  • Area: 300.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Roger Brooks Photography

© Roger Brooks Photography © Roger Brooks Photography © Roger Brooks Photography © Roger Brooks Photography

House 4249 / DGBK Architects

  • Architects: DGBK Architects
  • Location: West Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • Area: 422.6 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Wade Comer

© Wade Comer © Wade Comer © Wade Comer © Wade Comer