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‘Embryonic Canopy’ Exhibition for the Sukkahville Design Competition / Craig Deebank and Gina Gallaugher

Courtesy of Craig Deebank and Gina Gallaugher
Courtesy of Craig Deebank and Gina Gallaugher

As part of the Sukkahville Design Competition in Toronto, organized by the Kehilla Residential Programme, Craig Deebank and Gina Gallaugher were selected as one of the finalists for his ‘Embryonic Canopy’ exhibition. The project re-images the Sukkah as both a temporary shelter and permanent fixture within the agricultural ecosystem. It challenges the notion of the traditional static Sukkah while creating a sense of wonder, intrigue and connection to the natural environment. More images and designers’ description after the break.

The Offset / Ja Studio + ARTA Design and Build

  • Architects: Ja Studio + ARTA Design and Build
  • Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Structural Design: Blackwell Bowick Partnership Ltd.
  • Area: 2000.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Behnaz Assadi and ADVERTOURS, Courtesy of Ja Studio + ARTA Design and Build

Courtesy of Behnaz Assadi and ADVERTOURS Courtesy of Behnaz Assadi and ADVERTOURS Courtesy of Behnaz Assadi and ADVERTOURS Courtesy of Behnaz Assadi and ADVERTOURS

Whale House / rzlbd

Courtesy of Atelier rzlbd
Courtesy of Atelier rzlbd

Architects: rzlbd Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada Project Team: Reza Aliabadi, Ladan Niknam, Lailee Soleimani Project Manager: Amin Sheivari Project Year: 2012 Photographs: Courtesy of Atelier rzlbd

Courtesy of Atelier rzlbd
Courtesy of Atelier rzlbd
Courtesy of Atelier rzlbd
Courtesy of Atelier rzlbd
Courtesy of Atelier rzlbd
Courtesy of Atelier rzlbd

UBC Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences / Saucier + Perrotte architectes

  • Architects: Saucier + Perrotte architectes, Hughes Condon Marler Architects
  • Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • Project Architect: Bill Uhrich (HCMA) / Craig Lane (HCMA)
  • Architectural Concept And Design: Gilles Saucier (S+P)
  • Managing Principals: André Perrotte (S+P), Roger Hughes (HCMA)
  • Design Coordinator: David Moreaux (S+P)
  • Structural: GLOTMAN SIMPSON
  • Mechanical: STANTEC
  • Electrical: APPLIED ENGINEERING SOLUTIONS (AES)
  • Landscape: PERRY + ASSOCIATES
  • Contruction Manager: LEDCOR
  • Area: 27,311 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Marc Cramer

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

'Harvest Wave' Exhibition for the Sukkahville Design Competition / Various Architects

Courtesy of Andrew McGregor, Robert Miller, Raymond Bourraine, Teresa Cacho
Courtesy of Andrew McGregor, Robert Miller, Raymond Bourraine, Teresa Cacho

Andrew McGregor, Robert Miller, Raymond Bourraine, and Teresa Cacho were recently named as the second prize winner in the Sukkahville Design Competition in Toronto. Organized by the Kehilla Residential Programme, five finalists were given the opportunity to build their designs for an exhibition with the challenge to design a temporary structure constructed for use annually during the week-long Jewish festival of Sukkot. Representing many conceptual themes surrounding the essential nature of dwelling, this proposal for an innovative Sukkah design delicately balances the inherent dichotomies of new/old, open/closed, and temporary/permanent. More images can be viewed after the break.

Re:think Housing Competition Entry / Jessie Andjelic, Albert Dijk and Philip Vandermey

With the aim to generate a broader discussion of possibilities for Vancouver’s affordable housing crisis, Jessie Andjelic, Albert Dijk and Philip Vandermey submitted their Meta Vancouverism and Vancouver Islands proposal for the Re:think Housing competition held by the City of Vancouver. These concepts are focused on on being grenade projects in response to perceived contradictions within dominant themes of Vancouver urban planning – affordability, sustainability, nature, speculative urbanism, sprawl and the condo rush. More images and architects’ description after the break.

In Progress: Theatre at Nathan Phillips Square / Perkins+Will

  • Architects: Perkins+Will
  • Location: Toronto, ON, Canada
  • Area: 910.0 sqm
  • Photographs: Steven Evans

© Steven Evans © Steven Evans © Steven Evans © Steven Evans

Tisse Métis Égal / PLUX.5

  • Architects: PLUX.5
  • Location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • Design Team: Étienne Bernier, Olivier Bourgeois, Marianne Charbonneau, Jean-Bruno Morissette and Jean-Philippe Saucier
  • Construction: Unisson Structures
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Alexandre Guilbeault

© Alexandre Guilbeault © Alexandre Guilbeault © Alexandre Guilbeault © Alexandre Guilbeault

'Pop Rocks: Soft Urban Boulder Field' Installation / Matthew Soules Architecture + AFJD Studio

© Krista Jahnke
© Krista Jahnke

Covering a full city block in the center of downtown Vancouver, Canada, Pop Rocks is a temporary installation fabricated entirely from post-consumer and post-industrial waste from the metropolitan Vancouver region. A collaboration between Matthew Soules Architecture and AFJD Studio (Amber Frid-Jimenez & Joe Dahmen), the project engages tactically with these materials to produce soft forms that extend the typical range of active and passive social activities, fostering unexpected social encounters and new perspectives on the city. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Libeskind's "L Tower" Tops Out

"L Tower" in progress.
"L Tower" in progress.

Yesterday, October 10, Studio Daniel Libeskind celebrated the “Topping Off” ceremony for Toronto’s “L Tower” with aerial acrobatics dancing across the North face of the structure. The 58-storey skyscraper, located at the intersection of Yonge Street and The Esplanade, is part of the redevelopment of the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts. It was designed to be an architectural transition between the towers of the financial district to the west and the historic residential St. Lawrence neighborhood to the east.  A 5000 square-feet public plaza along the redevelopment’s west side will serve as an additional public space for the theater, L Tower residents and the downtown community. Continue reading for more.

Chelsea Hill House / Kariouk Associates

  • Architects: Kariouk Associates
  • Location: Chelsea, Québec
  • Architectural Team: Paul Kariouk, Chris Davis, Susan Gardiner, Cedric Boulet
  • General Contractor: Sabean Custom Building
  • Structural Engineering: The Paterson Group
  • Project Year: 2006
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Photolux Studios

Courtesy of Photolux Studios Courtesy of Photolux Studios Courtesy of Photolux Studios Courtesy of Photolux Studios

Gallery House / rzlbd

© borXu Design
© borXu Design

Architects: rzlbd Location: Markham, ON, Canada Project Year: 2012 Photographs: borXu Design

© borXu Design
© borXu Design
© borXu Design
© borXu Design
© borXu Design
© borXu Design
© borXu Design
© borXu Design

Gehry and Mirvish unveil Toronto 'Sculptures'

View form the southwest, Courtesy of Gehry International Inc.
View form the southwest, Courtesy of Gehry International Inc.

David Mirvish, founder of Mirvish Productions, and Toronto-born starchitect Frank Gehry have officially unveiled a massive, mixed-use project that will transform Toronto’s downtown arts and entertainment district. The multi-phase project will significantly alter the city’s skyline with three, “sculptural” residential towers perched atop two, six story podiums. Mirvish describes, “I am not building three towers, I am building three sculptures that people can live in.” Continue reading to learn more.

Alexandre Vachon Pavillon / STGM Architectes

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

La Luge / YH2 Architecture

  • Architects: YH2 Architecture
  • Location: La Conception, Laurentides, Québec, Canada
  • Equipo De Diseño: François Bélanger, Marie-Claude Hamelin, Loukas Yiacouvakis
  • Construcción: Emmanuel Yiacouvakis and associates, Ébénisterie La Fabrik
  • Area: 120.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Francis Pelletier

© Francis Pelletier © Francis Pelletier © Francis Pelletier © Francis Pelletier

Top Firms shortlisted to design Canadian Art Center

© Winnipeg Art Gallery
© Winnipeg Art Gallery

The Winnipeg Art Gallery has selected six architectural teams to be shortlisted for the design of its new Inuit Art and Learning Center (IALC). The Center will house the WAG’s celebrated collection of contemporary Inuit art, the largest of its kind in the world, and the Studio Art and Learning programs. Selected from 64 international submissions, the six shortlisted teams are: