Paris Block Paris Annex / Gair Williamson Architect + Ankenman Marchand Architects

© Ed White

Architects: Gair Williamson Architect, Ankenman Marchand Architects
Location: 53 West Hastings Street, , BC V6B 1G4, Canada
Design Team: Gair Williamson, Jenny Chow, Brian Liston, François Marchand, Julien Leger
Year: 2012
Photographs: Ed White, Courtesy of Gair Williamson Architect +

Ecological Densification Four Townhouses / SHAPE Architecture

Courtesy of SHAPE Architecture

Architects: SHAPE Architecture
Location: , BC,
Project Team: Nick Sully, Hanna Teicher, Matthew Traub
Sustainability: Canadian Green Building Council Sustainable Project Award, Designed to LEED Platinum guidelines, Energuide 86
Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of SHAPE Architecture

Highlands Branch Library / schmidt hammer lassen architects + Marshall Tittemore Architects

© Merle Prosofsky Photography

Architects: Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects, Marshall Tittemore Architects
Location: , AB, Canada
Area: 1500.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Merle Prosofsky Photography

AD Round Up: Canadian Architecture to Be Thankful For

The Crystal, extension to the Royal Ontario Museum by Studio Daniel Libeskind. Image © Andrew Rowat

Today marks Canadian Thanksgiving, and to celebrate the occasion we’ve rounded up some of Canada’s best architecture. Our five selections represent five Canadian cities, each with a unique architectural sensibility. We begin in Toronto with the Royal Ontario Museum addition by Studio Daniel Libeskind, a striking intervention using prisms of glass and steel fused to a 102-year-old museum structure; next we go to Montréal for Habitat 67 by Moshe Safdie, an interlocking modular housing project designed for the World Exposition of 1967; to Calgary for Santiago Calatrava‘s understated Peace Bridge, a stunning glass-encased red lightning bolt spanning the city’s widest waterway; then to Winnipeg‘s Old Market Square Stage by emerging firm 5468796 Architecture, a chameleonic performance space wrapped by a mesh curtain of steel cubes; and finally to the outskirts of Vancouver for the Richmond Olympic Oval, a masterpiece of engineering and the centre of attention during the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. Enjoy, eh.

Li Xiaodong Wins The Inaugural Moriyama RAIC International Prize

The Liyuan Library. Image Courtesy of RAIC / Li Xiaodong Studio

The Royal Architecture Institute of Canada (RAIC) have announced that Li Xiaodong has been awarded the inaugural Moriyama International Prize, named after esteemed Canadian architect Raymond Moriyama. The prize, which comes with a monetary value of CAD$100,000, has been established to recognise buildings that are judged to be “transformative, inspired as well as inspiring, and emblematic of the human values of respect and inclusiveness.”

The jury deliberated projects submitted from nine countries: Canada, , France, Germany, Israel, Japan, South Korea, the United Kingdom and Tajikistan. According to the citation, the jury was “impressed by the breadth of international interest in the prize and encouraged by the high level of engagement with the aims and objectives of the program revealed in the submissions.” The prize is open to all architects irrespective of nationality and location and seeks to recognise a single work of architecture (as opposed to a life’s work), celebrating buildings in use.

LaSalle Waterworks Building / Affleck de la Riva architects

© Marc Cramer

Architects: Affleck de la Riva architects
Location: Avenue de l’Esplanade, , QC,
Project Manager : Gavin Affleck
Design Architect : Gavin Affleck
Project Team : Steven Leather, Brigitte Boudreau, Alexandre Cassiani, Federico Carbajal, Serge Gascon and Melanie Morris
Area: 450.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Marc Cramer, Alexandre Chabot, Affleck de la Riva

Discovery Centre for the Mont-Tremblant National Park / Smith Vigeant Architects

© Stéphane Brugger

Architects: Smith Vigeant Architects
Location: Parc national du Mont-Tremblant, 3824 Chemin du Lac Supérieur, Lac-Supérieur, QC J0T 1P0,
Architect In Charge: Daniel Smith
Design Team: Daniel Smith, Anik Malderis, Julien Gouin-Charbonneau, Karine Renaud, Cindy Neveu, Stéphan Vigeant
Area: 600.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Stéphane Brugger

Street House / gh3

© Raymond Chow

Architects: gh3
Location: , ON, Canada
Project Team: Pat Hanson, Diana Gerard, Louise Clavin, Raymond chow
Photographs: Raymond Chow

Moore Park Residence / Drew Mandel Architects

© Ben Rahn / A-Frame

Architects: Drew Mandel Architects
Location: , ON, Canada
Design Team: Drew Mandel, Jowenne Poon, Rachel Tameirao, Jasmine Maggs
Area: 2880.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Ben Rahn / A-Frame

Confirmed: Wilkinson Eyre Designs Large-Scale, Transit-Oriented Development for Toronto

Courtesy of Ivanhoé Cambridge

Developer Ivanhoé Cambridge has confirmed plans for a major, multi-phased office and transit development in the heart of ’s financial core, just east of Union Station. Designed by London-based Wilkinson Eyre, following an international competition, the two-tower development will rise on both sides of the railway tracks and connect via an elevated public park. The South tower will include a major new GO Bus Terminal serving Union Station and will be topped with commercial retail.

More on the development, after the break.

Borden Park Pavilion / gh3

© Raymond Chow

Architects: gh3
Location: , AB,
Project Team: Pat Hanson, Diana Gerrard, Louise Clavin, Byron White, Joel Di Giacomo, Raymond Chow, Kamyar Rahimi, Simon Routh
Area: 245.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Raymond Chow

RISE Competition Seeks Ideas to Combat Sea Level Rise in Vancouver

Downtown . Image Courtesy of SFU

How will affect Metro Vancouver and what can we do about it? Take a look at the #RISEIDEAS competition from SFU Public Square – an open ideas competition with a Grand Prize of $35,000 to find innovative ways to address sea level rise. Form a team of one to four people, submit your idea online, and you could take home the cash, rub shoulders with experts at the October 19 public exhibition day, and win free event tickets. The deadline for competition submissions is October 6, 2014. Check out the website for all the details.

Snøhetta Unveils Final Design for Calgary’s New Central Library

© MIR and Snøhetta

Following two years of community engagement, Snøhetta and DIALOG have released the final design for their competition-winning New Central Library in . Planned for a vibrant intersection between Downtown and the East Village, the new library aims to fulfill the city’s vision for a “technologically advanced public space for innovation, research and collaboration.”

Kinoya Restaurant / Jean de Lessard

© Adrien Williams

Interior Designers: Jean de Lessard
Location: Montreal, QC,
Area: 1500.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Adrien Williams

Lausanne House / Hatem+D Architecture

© Alexandre Guilbeault

Architects: Hatem+D Architecture
Location: Quebec,
Architect In Charge: Étienne Bernier architecte
Area: 170.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Alexandre Guilbeault

Les Elfes / Alain Carle Architecte

© Adrien Williams

Architects: Alain Carle Architecte
Location: Morin-Heights, QC,
Area: 5165.0 ft2
Year: 2011
Photographs: Adrien Williams

Les Marais / Alain Carle Architecte

© Adrien Williams

Architects: Alain Carle Architecte
Location: , QC J0T,
Area: 6505.0 ft2
Year: 2012
Photographs: Adrien Williams

Fichman Residence / regionalArchitects

© Terry Tourangeau

Architects: regionalArchitects
Location: 375 King Street West, Toronto, ON M5V 1K1,
Principal: Drew Sinclair
Area: 1200.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Terry Tourangeau