OMA Tops Out on Beaux Arts Museum in Quebec

Aerial. Image © MNBAQ, Idra Labrie

Architects: OMA
Location: Discovery Pavilion of the Plains of Abraham, 835 Avenue Wilfrid-Laurier, Québec, QC G1R 5H8, Canada
Architect In Charge: Shohei Shigematsu
Year: 2016
Photographs: MNBAQ, Idra Labrie, / Luxigon, Provencher-Roy,

New Halifax Central Library / Schmidt Hammer Lassen

© Adam Mørk

Architects: Schmidt Hammer Lassen
Location: , NS,
Prime Consultant Architect: Fowler Bauld & Mitchell
Area: 15000.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Adam Mørk

REX Cantilevers Stacked Library Entry Over Downtown Calgary Site

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REX has shared with us their competition proposal for ’s New Central Library (NCL). Though Snøhetta and DIALOG ultimately won the competition, was shortlisted as a finalist with an unconventional scheme that was based on adaptability, serendipity and treating the librarians as curators. By literally stacking the library’s program according to the client’s desired sequence, formulated six typological clusters hoisted on top an illuminated plinth. 

Check out the complete proposal, after the break. 

ATRIUM – Groupe Dynamite / Ædifica

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Architects: Ædifica
Location: Montreal, QC,
Area: 9800.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: François Descôteaux

Prince Philip Residence / Thellend Fortin Architectes

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Architects: Thellend Fortin Architectes
Location: , QC, Canada
Year: 2014
Photographs: Charles Lanteigne photo

The Bibliothèque du Boisé / Consortium Labonté Marcil, Cardinal Hardy, Eric Pelletier architectes

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Architects: Consortium Labonté Marcil, Cardinal Hardy, Eric Pelletier architectes
Location: , QC, Canada
Presented by:
Area: 5000.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Yien Chao

Garden House / LGA Architectural Partners

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Architects: LGA Architectural Partners
Location: , ON,
Area: 2800.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Ben Rahn/A-Frame

SSENSE / Humà Design

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Architects: Humà Design
Location: , QC, Canada
Year: 2014
Photographs: Adrien Williams

Grotto Sauna / Partisans

© Jonathan Friedman

Architects: Partisans
Location: Bernyk Island, , ON,
Photographs: Jonathan Friedman

Competition Entry: Saucier + Perrotte Designs Glass Pavilion for Montreal Botanical Garden

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Conceived as a natural extension of the existing pathways at ’s Botanical Garden, Saucier + Perrotte architectes’ proposal for the “Espace Pour la Vie Glass Pavilion” competition was envisioned as an immersive glass shelter “eroded” within a lush landscape. The architects, who were also responsible for designing the garden’s 2001 First Nation Garden Pavilion, were among the competition finalists. You can learn more about their proposal, after the break. 

ArchDaily + IIDEXCanada Launch Virtual Spaces Competition

Have you ever wanted to see your un-built or fantasy project brought to life through the lens of a headset? We’ve teamed up with IIDEXCanada and Invent Dev for the ArchDaily + IIDEXCanada Virtual Spaces Competition, which aims to find the best un-built and fantasy projects. Designers and architects can submit images of renderings of their un-built and fantasy projects across three square-footage categories. The winners will have their designs developed into virtual spaces by Invent Dev and exhibited using virtual reality headsets at IIDEXCanada 2015 in Toronto. Winners will also be featured on ArchDaily and flown to the 2015 awards ceremony.

IIDEXCanada and The Buildings Show are North America’s largest annual exposition, networking and educational event for construction, design, and real estate professionals.

Learn more and find out how to enter the competition after the break.

US, Canada and Mexico Agree to Recognize Architect Credentials

New York-based architect Richard Meier’s 180-meter “Reforma Tower” planned for Mexico City (click image for more)

A tri-national agreement between the , Canada and Mexico will now allow architects to work across borders in North America. As reported by the US National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), in conjunction with the Canadian Architectural Licensing Authorities (CALA) and the Federacion de Colegios de Arquitectos de la Republica Mexicana (), representatives from the architectural regulatory authorities in all three countries have agreed to mutually recognize architect credentials.

Le 205 / Atelier Moderno

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Architects: Atelier Moderno
Location: , QC,
Year: 2014
Photographs: Stéphane Groleau

Warming Huts v.2015 Competition Winners

Shelter Winner: The Hole Idea / Weiss Architecture & Urbanism Limited (Toronto). Image Courtesy of

A “blind” jury has announced the 2015 winners of the international Warming Huts competition. Selected from 100 entries, two winning “shelter” designs and one “installation” design were awarded. Each winning proposal will be constructed in January alongside the longest naturally frozen skating trail in the world: the Red River Mutual Rivertrail in , Canada. More about the winning designs, and four other highlighted proposals, after the break.

“Insectarium Metamorphosis” Takes First Place in Montréal’s Space for Life Competition

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Kuehn MalvezziPelletier De FontenayJodoin Lamarre PratteDupras Ledoux, and Nicholet Chartrand Knoll () have won one of three first place positions in Montréal’s Space for Life International Architectural Competition, which seeks to reinvent mankind’s relationship with the natural world for the city’s 375th birthday, with their proposal for the redesign of the Montréal Insectarium. Titled Insectarium Metamorphosis, the project provides new spaces for visitors to get up close and personal with the multitude of insects housed in the museum.

Lacaton & Vassal’s Glass Pavilion Earns Top Spot in Montréal’s Space for Life Competition

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The Space for Life International Architectural Competition of Montréal has recently announced its three winners. The competition prompted designers to rekindle an interest in the natural world through an architectural intervention at a pre-appointed venue. Located in the city’s Botanical Gardens, this winning proposal by Lacaton & VassalFrédéric DruotFABG, and SNC Lavalin does so in a simple, elegant way, with a glass pavilion for the Gardens that serves a variety of purposes. Learn more, after the break.

430 House / D’Arcy Jones Architecture

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Architects: D’Arcy Jones Architecture
Location: , BC,
Area: 2450.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Sama Jim Canzian

AZPML and KANVA Reimagine Montréal’s Biodome in Winning Competition Design

Wall Projection. Image Courtesy of AZMPL

Montréal’s Space for Life competition has recently announced its winners, with design firms AZPML and KANVA named as one of three first winners with their joint design. The competition demanded that entrants reinvigorate the relationship between humanity and the natural world through an intervention at Montréal’s Biodome. The two firms’ winning proposal, Migration du Biodome, does that with the installation of a series of undulating walls.