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AD Classics: Robarts Library / Warner, Burns, Toan & Lunde

If the architectural volte face of the late 1960s heralded the genesis of postmodernism, deconstruction, and a golden age of theory, it came at an equally destructive cost. Escaping the totalizing regime of modernism demanded from architects more than the promise of new ideas; it required the falsification of modernist axioms and the wholesale annihilation of its spiritual eidos. In this critical moment of death and rebirth, some pieces of the modern project survived only by hiding under the cloak of the technological progress, while others—like modern city planning—persisted only because there was no way to turn back the clock.

© Flickr user The City of Toronto The glow of incandescent lights off the dark surfaces does little to brighten the mood.. Image © Flickr user Andrew Louis The library's triangular shape intersects violently with the rectantular street grid of the Toronto campus.. Image via Bing Maps 14th Floor Plan

Through House / Dubbeldam Architecture + Design

© Bob Gundu © Bob Gundu © Bob Gundu © Bob Gundu

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

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

Offices Broccolini Construction / Rubin et Rotman architectes

© Stéphane Brügger © Stéphane Brügger © Stéphane Brügger © Stéphane Brügger

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

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

  • Architects: CCM2 Architectes
  • Location: Fossambault-sur-le-Lac, QC, Canada
  • Project Manager: Mathieu Morel
  • Conception team: Mathieu Morel, Dave Tremblay, Lydia Perron, Yan Grégoire
  • Area: 140.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Stéphane Groleau , Stephanie de la Ronde

© Stéphane Groleau © Stephanie de la Ronde © Stephanie de la Ronde © Stéphane Groleau

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

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

Provencher_Roy Wins RAIC’s 2015 Architectural Firm Award

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

  • Architects: Weiss Architecture & Urbanism Limited
  • Location: Parry Sound District, ON, Canada
  • Architect in Charge: Kevin Weiss, Maya Przybylski
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Arnaud Marthouret

© Arnaud Marthouret © Arnaud Marthouret © Arnaud Marthouret © Arnaud Marthouret

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.

Courtesy of Kilometrezero Courtesy of Kilometrezero Concept Diagram Elevation

Holy Cross House / Thomas Balaban Architect

© Adrien Williams © Adrien Williams © Adrien Williams © Adrien Williams

Mid-Town Triplex / Studio JCI

© Scott Norsworthy © Scott Norsworthy © Scott Norsworthy © Scott Norsworthy

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

© Adrien Williams © Adrien Williams © Adrien Williams © Adrien Williams

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.”

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

East Van House / Splyce Design

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

© Ivan Hunter © Ivan Hunter © Ivan Hunter © Ivan Hunter

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?