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

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.

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Holy Cross House / Thomas Balaban Architect

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Mid-Town Triplex / Studio JCI

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

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

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

  • Architects: NatureHumaine
  • Location: Bolton-Est, QC J0E, Canada
  • Area: 1480.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Adrien Williams, David Dworkind

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

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.”

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East Van House / Splyce Design

  • Architects: Splyce Design
  • Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • Area: 2300.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Ivan Hunter

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Call for Ideas: Lost Spaces 2015 Design Competition

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

  • Architects: Green Dot Architects
  • Location: Toronto, ON, Canada
  • Design Team: Saied Mahboubi, Titka Safarzadeh
  • Area: 155.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Tom Arban

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

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.

Drolet Residence / NatureHumaine

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Maison De Gaspé / la SHED architecture

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Cross-Laminated-Timber Cottage / Kariouk Associates

  • Architects: Kariouk Associates
  • Location: Ladysmith, QC J0X, Canada
  • Architect In Charge: Paul duBellet Kariouk
  • Senior Design Associate: Chris Davis
  • Design Associates: Sarah McMurtry, Adam Paquette, David King
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Photolux Studio/Christian Lalonde

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Patisserie À La Folie / Atelier Moderno + Anne Sophie Goneau

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Cowichan Regional Visitor Centre / Cohlmeyer Architecture

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Barsa Taberna / +tongtong

  • Architects: +tongtong
  • Location: St. Lawrence Co-Operative Day Care Inc., 4 Market Street, Toronto, ON M5E 1M6, Canada
  • Area: 3000.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Lisa Petrole Photography

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ABSTRAKT Studio Architecture Chosen to Design Canadian Memorial to the Victims of Communism

ABSTRAKT Studio Architecture has won a nation-wide competition to design Canada’s national memorial to the victims of communism in Ottawa. Select from six finalists, ABSTRAKT’s provocative design superimposes 100 million singular pixel-like memory squares, each representing the fingertip of the lives lost, on a folded triangular concrete plane. 

“As the most prolific communist murderer Joseph Stalin famously said: 'One death is a tragedy; one million is a statistic’… This 'statistic' takes main stage in our design by realizing its sheer enormity, thus raising awareness that every human life is unique and precious,” stated ABSTRAKT.