“Winter Stations” Bring Warmth to Toronto’s Frozen Beaches

Snowcone. Image © Remi Carreiro

Five finalists have emerged from the 196 submissions of ’s first international Winter Stations 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. 

Offices Broccolini Construction / Rubin et Rotman architectes

© Stéphane Brügger

Architects: Rubin et Rotman architectes
Location: Montreal, QC,
Architect In Charge: Rick Rubin
Project Architect: Bruno Morin
Area: 3000.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Stéphane Brügger

Winona House / 25:8 Research + Design

© Lorne Shawn Blythe

Architects: 25:8 Research + Design
Location: Ottawa, ON,
Project Lead: Jay S. Lim, OAA, AIA, LEED AP
Area: 1400.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Lorne Shawn Blythe

Montmagny Courthouse / CCM2 Architectes + Groupe A + Roy-Jacques Architectes

© Stéphane Groleau

Http://Www.Groupea.Qc.Ca/: CCM2 Architectes, Groupe A, Roy-Jacques Architectes
Location: , QC, Canada
Area: 4360.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Stéphane Groleau

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 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 ’s northern territories.

L-House / CCM2 Architectes

© Stéphane Groleau

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

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

By Invitation: The Hybrid Hut / (México D.F.). Image Courtesy of Warming Huts

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.

Provencher_Roy Wins RAIC’s 2015 Architectural Firm Award

Claire and Marc Bourgie Pavillon of Quebec and Canadian Art at the Museum of Fine Arts – 2011; , Canada. ImageMarc Cramer

Montreal-based practice Provencher_Roy has been selected to receive the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada’s () 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

© Arnaud Marthouret

Architects: Weiss Architecture & Urbanism Limited
Location: , ON,
Architect In Charge: Kevin Weiss, Maya Przybylski
Year: 2014
Photographs: Arnaud Marthouret

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

Courtesy of Kilometrezero

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.

Holy Cross House / Thomas Balaban Architect

© Adrien Williams

Architects: Thomas Balaban Architect
Location: , QC, Canada
Design Team: Thomas Balaban + Jennifer Thorogood
Area: 300.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Adrien Williams

Mid-Town Triplex / Studio JCI

© Scott Norsworthy

Architects: Studio JCI
Location: , ON,
Area: 456.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Scott Norsworthy

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

Taking the urban high-rise “one step further,” BIG’s 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 plans to revolutionize urban living by watching the video above.

RAIC Honors Brian MacKay-Lyons with 2015 Gold Medal

Cliff House / . Image © Greg Richardson

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

© Adrien Williams

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

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

© Marc Fornes &

The 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.”

East Van House / Splyce Design

© Ivan Hunter

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

Call for Ideas: Lost Spaces 2015 Design Competition

Courtesy of d.talks

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?

A “lost space” is any space that remains under-utilized within our urban environment. They might be leftover pieces, a ghost of the planning past. Lost spaces are part of the public realm, rarely designed to function with both social and environmental benefit to the city. You may consider a lost space as a passageway, a roundabout, space between two buildings, a highway shoulder, or tenants of the city’s history and memory. We’d like to ask you to dream, take risks and stretch what we think is possible. Submissions are due March 30, 2015. More about the competition, here.